Pool Maintenance Tips

In New Zealand, where the climate varies from the sunny beaches of Northland to the cooler regions of Southland, pool maintenance is essential. Here’s a guide tailored to New Zealand pools:

Types of Pool Filter and Maintenance

There are three primary pool filters used in New Zealand: cartridge, sand, and diatomaceous earth. Each has its own maintenance procedures, but all require periodic cleaning. Over-cleaning can hinder the filtration process. A mildly dirty filter can be more efficient than a spotless one, as the dirt helps trap other particles. However, excessive dirt can be problematic. A sign it’s time to clean is when there’s an increase in flow between the pressure gauge and flow meter.

Sand Filter Maintenance

A sand filter tank can be made of metal, concrete, or fiberglass and contains special-grade sand. Dirty water enters through the filter’s inlet pipe and is forced through the sand.

If water flow slows due to debris, pressure gauges at the filter inlet and outlet indicate the blockage level. If the inlet pipe pressure exceeds the outlet pipe’s, it’s time to backwash the filter.

Over time, the sand becomes smooth. In New Zealand’s varied climate, it’s recommended to change this sand every five years. Consult a local NZ pool professional for guidance.

Cartridge Filters

Popular for their efficiency, cartridge filters allow water to pass through a fine filter surface, capturing impurities.

They have a larger surface area than sand filters, leading to fewer clogs and easier maintenance. They also operate at lower pressures, resulting in less backpressure on the pump and higher water flow.

Maintaining them is straightforward. Rinse the cartridge with a hose or soak in detergent. For optimal performance in New Zealand conditions, consider replacing them every 3-5 years.

Diatomaceous Earth Filters

Unique in their design, DE filters use diatomaceous earth as the filter media. DE, a fine powder from crushed diatoms, coats a fabric-covered filter grid, preventing the DE from re-entering the pool.

Adding new DE is simple. It’s added directly into the skimmer, and the pump draws the DE into place. Anywhere where pool usage can vary, backwashing and adding new DE might be required once or twice a year.

Checking Water Levels

Given New Zealand’s unpredictable rainfall, it’s essential to monitor water levels. Evaporation, swimming, and splashing can reduce water levels. Ensure it doesn’t fall below the skimmer level to prevent pump damage. If low, top up with fresh water.

If you drain your pool, especially during New Zealand’s cooler months, ensure it doesn’t remain empty for long. The water’s weight counteracts ground forces pressing up against the pool.

Pool Blankets

Anywhere where temperatures fluctuate, pool blankets will be beneficial. They reduce water and chemical evaporation. However, with reduced evaporation, monitor chlorine levels to prevent equipment damage, including damage to your Kreepy Krauly cleaner.

Water Testing

Regular water testing ensures a clean and healthy pool, especially vital in New Zealand’s varied climates. The ideal pH level is between 7.2 and 7.8. Various testing kits are available, from reagent kits to test-strips.

Alkaline pools can feel slippery and affect your Kreepy Krauly’s efficiency.

For tailored advice suited to your local conditions, visit your local Kreepy Krauly authorized pool cleaner distributor. Find the closest Kreepy Krauly dealer to your New Zealand location, here.

Remember your friendly local Kreepy Krauly Pool Shop is a great place to ask for advice if you need it. Find your closest Kreepy Krauly dealer here.

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