It’s that time of the year for Illinois swimming pools!- Signature Pools and Spas is in full swing with new construction, and many of our existing customers are reminded to clean out their cartridge filters and inspect their salt generator cells on the equipment. Although fiberglass swimming pools are the easiest in ground pools to maintain, it’s important to perform these tasks to get the most enjoyment out of your swimming season and keep your equipment running smoothly.

Dirt, leaves, suntan lotion and other debris collects in the pool filter and needs to be cleaned out every so often. Take a look at the pressure gauge on top of your filter to see if the operating pressure has risen to the ‘dirty’ mark. Even if the gauge has not, it’s a good idea to clean the filters several times a year. Low return pressure, heater problems, and chlorine generation is all affected when filters get too dirty. You can also extend the life of the filters by keeping them as clean as possible. This will save money in the long run by not having to replace the cartridges as often.

Another important maintenance tip is to keep your chlorine/salt generator clean. As the system breaks the salt water in to sodium and chloride, (the chemical make-up of salt), mineral deposits can collect on the generator cell and diminish its capacity to generate chloride and sanitize the pool water. Most chlorine generator manufacturers recommend inspecting the cell every month to insure there is no mineral build-up on the component. Using a mild acid wash will eliminate any build-up and enhance the performance of your equipment. Refer to you specific manufacturer’s instructions for further information on cleaning the cell.

By keeping these components clean, you are able to extend the life of your inground pool equipment and ensure water chemistry balance through the remainder of this season.

If you have questions about your fiberglass swimming pool, water chemistry, or maintaining your pool equipment, feel free to contact Signature Pools and Spas at 630.845.1145 to ask a question or schedule a service call. You can always contact via the website at www.signaturepoolschicago.com

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