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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How Do I Figure Out My Pool Volume? (Number Of Gallons)
- For Square, Rectangle, Or Shaped Pools; Length (in Ft.) x Width (in Ft.) x Avg. Depth (in Ft.) x 7.5 = Gallons.
- Exp: 24ft L x 12ft W x 4.5ft D x 7.5 = 9720 Gallons
- For Round Pool; Diameter (in Ft.) x Diameter (in Ft.) x Depth (in Ft.) x 5.9 = Gallons
- Exp: 14ft x 14ft x 4ft x 5.9 = 4626 Gallons
Q: Why Does My Pool Smell Like Chlorine?
- The chemical compound that gives off the “chlorine smell” is called chloramines. Chloramines are created when the Free Chlorine is done doing it’s job (sanitizing the water), and is held up in solution which needs to be oxidized. This process is achieved by either using a Chlorine Shock, Non-Chlorine Shock, or by Super Chlorination. *ask your Champion Pool & Spa Expert which is the best solution for your pool. Each pool is different and may require a complete water test first!
Q: How Long Should I Run My Pool Pump Per Day?
- The general rule of thumb is to run a pool pump for 1 hour per 10 degrees of air temperature. Here’s some examples:
- If the average weather temperature is 90 degrees for that month, you should be running your single speed pump for 9 hours a day.
- The total number of hours that the pump is run does not have to be consecutive. During Summer time, run the pump while the sun is hitting the water or the hottest part of the day. During Winter, run during the coldest hours of the day to avoid any equipment damage.
- 2-speed pumps should run the same way a single speed should except having the high speed on during the hottest or coldest hours of the day/night.
- Variable speed pumps can run up 24 hours a day. (they are super energy efficient! If you haven’t upgraded your pump system, Champion is here to help. We install variable speed pumps all the time!) Be sure your programming is set to have high speed kick on for a few hours during the hottest or coldest hours of the day/night just like the single and 2-speed pumps. *ask your Champion Pool & Spa Expert for more details and recommendations.
Q: What Makes My pH Go Up Or Down?
- The quick answer is “everything”. All things that interact with the pool or spa water has a pH value, but not everything is at the recommended pH value for the water so adjustments and testing is needed frequently. The recommended pH value for pools is 7.4 and that’s based on swimmer comfort. *See your Champion Pool & Spa Expert for a free complete water test to determine your pH value and any recommended adjustments.
Q: How Often Should I Clean My Cartridge Filter Elements?
- Nationally, the recommendation is every 3-4 months. In Tucson/Vail area, the recommendation is more frequently.
- Once a month the elements should be removed from the filter (see manufacturer’s instructions), and sprayed off with a hose (or filter cleaning tool).
- Every 3rd month, the elements should be chemically cleaned to remove grease and calcium build-up on the element. *ask your Champion Pool & Spa Expert for details and recommendations.
Q: When Should I Backwash My Sand Or D.E. Filter?
- The general rule of thumb is 8-10 psi over the starting head pressure.
- On the top or side of your filter system there should be a pressure gauge. (if not ask your Champion Pool & Spa expert about a Free Equipment Inspection) After you backwash, your pressure reading when the pump is running on high speed is your “starting head pressure.” Once that number reaches over 8-10 psi, it’s time to backwash again. *see your Champion Pool Expert for more details.
Q: What Can I Do About The Scale Or Calcium Line On My Tile?
- There are several things to do to remove scale from the tile line.
- Using a pumice stone, chemical scale remover, professional tile cleaner, etc.
- Champion does offer Tile Cleaning as a service. Call us at 520-829-6400 for an appointment.
- There’s also a way to prevent the scale buildup on the tile and the rest of the pool surface. You can use a scale preventative on a regular basis to help prevent buildup on tile, pool surfaces, and equipment. Brushing regularly can also help prevent scale build up too! *see your Champion Pool Expert for more details and recommendations.
Q: My Automatic Pool Cleaner Is Not Working. What Should I Do?
- Bring in your automatic pool cleaner to your local Champion Pool Expert for a FREE check-up!
- Have Champion come out to your home and diagnosis the problem. Call us at 520-829-6400 to set up an appointment.
Q: How Can I Order A Team Swimsuit For My Kid?
- Contact our Swimwear Manager “or better known as the Swim Guru” Dave Chandler via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 520-829-6400. He will give you all the information you need to order a team suit and equipment.
- Champion also stocks name brand practice suits, parkas, goggles, fins, kickboards, pull-floats, backpacks, and much more in our retail store!