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Pool Equipment Maintenance & Repairs

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All swimming pool equipment needs servicing at some stage or another, today we are going to run over what equipment needs servicing in order to prevent irreparable damage saving you money and hopefully a stress free swimming season.

Swimming Pool Pump Maintenance

Swimming Pool Pump Breakdown

Pool pumps use an electric motor to push water through your pools filtration system, combined with an impeller on the end of the shaft between them sits a mechanical seal which looks like a metal spring (number 2 in the diagram above) which allows for spacing between the backplate of the pump. If the mechanical seal wares down the impeller (the part pushing the water number 3) will make direct contact with the backplate or diffuser damaging the pump motor or backplate.

A sign of the mechanical seal requiring replacement is water dripping underneath the pool pump. It is at this time a good idea to replace any body o’rings between the motor and wet end or inside the diffuser (the impeller cover)

You can wait until symptoms come around and then choose action or have your pool pump serviced once every two to three years. Note that this is just a guide some choose to have the pump serviced in winter once a year to limit any problems with the pool in the summer season. It is also a good idea to lubricate the union o'rings with silicone based lubricant to prevent the o’rings from drying out over time and causing leaks.

Multi-Media (Sand or Glass) and Cartridge Filters

First Multi-Media filters, lubricate all union o’rings with silicone based lubricant that attach to the MPV (Multi Port Valve). If you are courageous enough to remove the valve from the tank there is also another o’ring there, just be sure to get nothing down the stand pipe or it will damage the filters flow. If you are having your media replaced which should be done every 6 - 8 years this is also a very good maintenance points.

Cartridge filters share the same idea when lubricating the o’rings, when it comes to the cartridge element we recommend replacing it once every 2 - 3 years depending on the environment and use. Even though a cartridge element can look ok depending on its age fine debris and paper break down can cause excessive back pressure on your pool pump limiting its life.

Salt Water Chlorinators

Nothing too out of the ordinary here just lubricate the union and cell o’ring, if the cell is damaged or past its life replace it. Note that all salt water chlorinator electrodes are sacrafisual and are suppose to be replaced over time. When talking about the chlorinator power supply it's always best to keep an ant barrier around it and try to keep bugs and geeks out as much as possible.

Robotic Pool Cleaners Maintenance & Repairs

Well that's all going to depend on what brand of robotic pool cleaner you have and if it stays in the swimming pool or not. We all know they aren't supposed to live in the pool 24/7 but some lifestyles don’t allow us to take it in and out every time after use and some have weekly timers which makes it even more tempting.

Zodiac & Maytronics Dolphin robotic pool cleaner repairs & maintenance

After speaking with some of the robotic pool repair technicians on staff we have agreed that in order of preventative maintenance once every two years is always a good idea. Remember some robotic pool cleaner brands are more serviceable than others, and some have cheaper parts. Its a real mixed bag when its comes to robotic pool cleaner servicing just be sure that you ask what's included in the service and what isn’t then there isn’t any surprises.

Example for Maytronics Dolphin servicing our repair technicians inspect, reseal, lubricate, replace if required all motor seals upon servicing a unit as a robotic pool cleaner motor can only be underwater for so long before the motor seal is compromised destroying the motor.

Having the swimming pool chemically balanced also helps in prolonging the age of the robotic pool cleaner as well as taking it out of the pool when not using it.

For more information regarding swimming pool equipment maintenance and repairs Brisbane call 1300 117 665 alternatively you can contact us by email or see us in store at one of our three locations.

Best Regards,
The JC Pool Services Team.

Closed Ekka Wednesday

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Our three Brisbane store locations will be closed wednesday the 14th of August 2019, this will also include pool servicing on this day. Our bookings department will contact scheduled service customers in regards to alternative bookings.

JC Pool Services Closed for Brisbane Ekka

It is a great opportunity to spend time with the family and or put your feet up for the day, tie up some of those little jobs around the house, take the dog for a walk or go for a ride.

Make the most of it and hope for a sunny day.

Best Regards,
The JC Pool Services Team.

The NEW Dolphin M600 Robotic Pool Cleaner

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Maytronics Dolphin M600 Robotic Swimming Pool Cleaner

The all-new Maytronics Dolphin M600 robotic pool cleaner makes it super-easy for the pool owners to look after their swimming pool, keeping it clean and ready for fun with minimum effort and hassle. Newly designed, for maximum cleaning performance, convenient handling and simple operation, the Dolphin M600 needs no intervention. A cloud-connected power supply keeps control right in your hand, no matter where you are.

Gaining all the performance benifits of both the Dolphin S Series and M Series lines, a large leaf canister and PowerStream mobility, advanced WiFi features, dual drive motor the M600 robotic pool cleaner is looking to be the best version M Series yet. The Dolphin M600 is the only robotic pool cleaner in the domestic range that is not limited to a 12m length pool.

Configuration and specifications

  • Ideal pool length: Up to 15m
  • Dynamic dual-drive motor
  • PowerStream mobility system, with multi-directional water outlets, precise navigation control and maneuverability
  • Cleaning coverage: Floor, walls, and waterline
  • Super-efficient year-round filter with extra sealing, optional thicker cartridge and larger filter capacity filtration
  • Dual active scrubber rotates 1.5 times faster than the robot speed
  • Cleaning cycle 1.5 / 2 / 2.5 hours
  • Cable length: 18m, tangle-free cable
  • Weight: 11kg
  • Caddy
  • Warranty: 36 months
  • Optional 12 Month extended limited warranty

For more information regarding the Maytronics Dolphin M600 Robotic Pool Cleaner email or call 1300 117 665.

Best Regards,
The JC Pool Services Team.

Why does my swimming pool need acid

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A quick look into why your pool requires Acid regularly to maintain the pool’s pH.

If you feel like Acid is always on the to-do list when you get the water tested, you’re not alone, and you’ve come to the right place to find out why. I will be going over why your pool needs it, and why it will benefit you to add it regularly.

Why do Swimming Pools need acid?

The reason we add acid to swimming pools is reduce the pH (Potential Hydrogen) of the water. The pH is always slowly rising due to either chlorine being added manually or produced through salt chlorination. This Chlorine generally has a high pH of around 14 and brings the total pH of the pool up when added to the water. The water’s pH naturally rises anyway when exposed to air, so even if you’re not using chlorine, this is why acid is still required, just in small doses.

Why do we even need to lower the pH?

The recommended range (as you may have seen on the test printouts) is between 7.2 - 7.6 - This is because this is the same pH of our skin, and allows the water to be comfortable. Also, our sanitiser chlorine works effectively in this range. As the pH rises above 7.8, Chlorine stops working as effectively even if the level is high. This can lead to bacteria build up and Algae formation! Nobody wants a Green Pool

Quick benefits of keeping the pH within range.

  1. Keeps White Calcium in solution and slowes the build up on the Cell and Pool Surface.
  2. Enables your cleaner to clean the pool more effectively, as high pH cause the walls and floor to become slippery.

Great, so how often should I add Acid?

We recommend adding Acid weekly! Adding a little and often is better for your water and can actually save you money overtime. Large doses over longer periods of time take a larger portion of your ‘Total alkalinity’ away.This way you’d be adding more ‘alkalinity up’ over the season costing you more. To reduce this further, the best way to add Acid is to mix it in a bucket of water (water first) and pour it around the edge. Talk to us in the store to find out what your weekly amount should be for your pool!

Best Regards,
The JC Pool Services Team.

Tuning the Polaris 3900 Sport Pressure Swimming Pool Cleaner

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Zodiac Polaris 3900 Pressure Swimming Pool Cleaner

Does your Zodiac Polaris 3900 Sport pool cleaner or other pressure side pool cleaner not run correctly and does strange things like running in circles or running too fast? A lot of the issue is turning the cleaner correctly and the speed of the cleaner. The first step is to check how many revolutions the single drive side wheel is doing.

The cleaner should be doing around 20 - 25 RPMs on the drive side simply pick the cleaner up to the side of the pool making sure it is under water and count the RPMs on the drive side for 30 seconds and double it. If the Polaris cleaner is running too fast adjust the flow valve in the wall of the pool, sometimes the restrictor will need to be changed or removed.

After you have checked the speed of the Polaris it is time to tune it, the tale sweep can be adjusted by turning it to increase or decrease the speed, it will flick around and the jet can be adjusted to increase or decrease climbing of the walls and which way the cleaner will turn. The truster jet is one of the most important parts of the Polaris's operation and can be nudged when emptying the bag so it is very important to check from time to time by watching the Polaris.

Zodiac Polaris 3900 Pressure Swimming Pool Cleaner Tuning Diagram

Above is a diagram for the adjustments of the Polaris 3900 Sport Pressure Side Cleaner tuning to help with setting up the cleaner, as always if you have any questions or require spare parts for any Zodiac Polaris Swimming Pool Cleaners do not hesitate to call 1300 117 665 or email.

Best Regards,
The JC Pool Services Team.