November 2013 Newsletter


Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Crystal Clear Pools…..

Water Evaporation or A Leak?


Approximately one in every twenty pools have a leak.


The most common reason for suspecting a pool leak is the observation of a larger than normal drop in water level. This water loss may not be obvious if your pool has an auto-matic devise or if it rains every afternoon, so keep your eyes open for other symptoms that may be water related, like using additional chemicals or salt. The best way to find out how much water your pool is losing is the fol-lowing:

Take a 5-gallon bucket and make a mark with a permanent marker at about the halfway point. Fill the bucket with water up to that point, and set the bucket right beside your swimming pool. Si-multaneously, use a pen-cil to mark the water level on your pool tile. In that way, your can determine how much water has evaporated from the bucket and from the pool. Evaporation rates vary depending on many fac-tors such as relative hu-midity, air temp, water temp, and wind speed. Also running water fea-tures such as spitters, water falls, sheer decents greatly increase the

surface area of water in-creasing the amount of evaporation. Many swim-ming pool construction companies consider 1/8 in. water loss per day normal evaporation. Pools that run multiple water features for extended pe-riods of time may lose upwards of 1/4 in. per day.

Do you have debris floating on your surface?

Pool Skimmers and Baskets Pool Skimmers are located along the edge of the swimming pool. They are built into the side of your pool. As the pool fills with water it is sucked through the pool skimmer and sent back through the system with suction from the pump.

The skimmer basket collects the large debris such as leaves. The basket need to be periodically

cleaned to allow proper suction for your swimming pool. You can take out the strainer basket by opening the access hatch. This is usually the round or square panel located on your swimming pool deck. If you need to replace the skimmer bas-ket or floating weir please see our staff or email us for information. After the water goes through the strainer basket is continues on

through the suction line and back to the multi-port valves.

How to Adjust Pool Jets for Skimmers

How to Adjust Pool Jets for Skimmers
Water return pool jets pump water back into the pool after the water is drawn into the skimmer. The skim-mer connects to the pool filter where dirt, leaves, and other debris
is removed and trapped from the water. To increase the movement of the water toward the skimmer, you can adjust the jets. This adjustment encourages increased water flow into the skimmer, increasing the
amount of filtering taking place. I have found however, that one of the most com-mon causes for cloudy water in a pool is the misplacement of the re-turn inlet fitting’ s eyeball that sends the filtered water back into the pool. Check your eyeball fitting and see in what direction it’s pointing. A lot of people have it shooting back into the pool directly across the surface be-cause it looks cool to see that long stream of water splashing back in that way. What needs to happen is the readjustment of the eyeball fitting. If you loosen the outer ring that holds the eyeball in a given direction, you can change its position and then re-tighten the outer nut or ring. You want to have the stream of water coming back into the pool at a down-ward angle and pointed away from the skimmer. So, just like a baseball pitch, down and away is what you want!

The results of this seemingly insignifi-cant change can be seen within a half an hour, as the water becomes clearer and clearer, finally revealing the bottom. I realize that this sounds totally unbelievable, but try it and it works!

You may have other factors at work to cause cloudiness like too many phosphates in the water, at which point you’ll need to test for that possi-bility. Before trying all kinds of reme-dies and spending a ton of money, check the direction of your jets. Give this a try. It will cost you absolutely nothing and you’ll be pleasantly sur-prised how something so simple can fix the problem!

They Lower Your Energy Costs

You can lower your electricity bills through keeping your pool covered during the night. Virtu-ally any pool construction busi-ness will tell you that if you choose the path of a pool heater for your pool that it will be one of your highest ongoing costs. A pool blanket can sig-nificantly lower those bills, though, reducing the amount of time that the heating method

of your choice has to run. In the end, you will enjoy lower bills and will help contribute to the environ-ment of the planet by not relying as heavily on gas or electricity to keep your pool in tiptop shape.

They Help You Save Water And Chemicals

Since pool blankets help prevent evaporation, they can keep the water in your pool longer. This means less frequent refills, and it also helps keep the balance of chemicals in check as well. Main-taining your pool will be much eas-ier when its water isn’t constantly getting sucked out into the atmos-phere – and all of this can be ac-complished by a simple pool blan-ket.

Pool Covers—Your Options.

Swimming pools lose energy in a variety of ways, but evaporation is by far the largest source of energy loss. Evaporating water requires tremendous amounts of energy. It only takes 1 Btu (British ther-mal unit) to raise 1 pound of water 1 de-gree, but each pound of 80ºF water that evaporates takes a whopping 1,048 Btu of heat out of the pool.

The simple act of laying a pool blanket over your pool when it is not in use can help keep it warmer. It is highly likely that you pool will lose a lot of its heat during the night if it is left uncovered. After undergoing pool installation, it seems foolhardy to let all of that warmth evaporate overnight. A well designed, cus-tom fitted pool blanket can help retain a lot of the heat and keep it from disappear-ing into thin air. You will find that your pool is kept at a more comfortable tem-perature more consistently and easily, too.

Option One: Pool Blanket

A solar blanket or solar pool cover gives you free heat from the sun. They are somewhat similar to bubble wrap (only made with more durable material). You can buy this in big sheets that you cut yourself to fit your pool. These are defi-nitely the most economical way to raise

the temperature of your pool.

Option Two: Solar Sun Rings

By using the high quality polished vinyl for the top layer and a 50% density lightly frosted lower layer, we achieved a solar efficiency that greatly surpasses bubble pack covers. The milky translucent infe-rior plastic used in bubble pack covers reflects much of the sun’s energy and fails to allow adequate deep water heating. Solar Sun Rings design and materials allow greater solar efficiency with greater nighttime insulation due to greater cap-tive air thickness. Solar Sun Rings were designed to safely heat swimming pools, not cushion packages. The effect is that Solar Sun Rings with 70% to 80% cover-age outperform bubble pack covers with 100% coverage.

Option Three: Eco Saver fish/Liquid Pool Cover

Heatsavr™ is a mixture of carefully cho-sen ingredients which are lighter than water so that they automatically float to the surface. They are attracted to each other so that they try always to form a perfect very thin layer over the whole pool surface.

Heatsavr™ slows evaporation substan-

Pointing your pool jets downwards when heating is essential to cut down on heat loss and evaporation

tially. Evaporation is one of the main forms of heat loss from swimming pools and spas. Slowing it can yield large cost savings.

Heatsavr™ will lower humidity as well as evaporation. It takes money to buy heat, and heat to evaporate water, so slowing evaporation will lower humidity as well as heating costs.

Cost Comparison:

Pool Blankets are between: $72.99 for 12x24ft to $115.99 for 15x30ft

Solar Sun Rings are $30 each, an average pool will use between 8-12 rings.

EcoSaver/Pills/Fish are $9.99 and will last for 30days—By far the most cost effective.