Q, Do I need a permit for an above ground pool?
A. Georgia does not currently require permitting for an above ground pool.
Q. Are there any regulations regarding above ground pools?
A. If you live in a Home Owners Association (HOA) community it is very likely that they have regulations about above ground pools.
Q. How long do I have to wait to use my swimming pool after chemical treatment?
A. Generally it is safe to use your pool after chemicals have dispersed throughout the pool, usually fifteen minutes to an hour. If shocking your pool, wait until the chlorine levels drop to the recommended levels.
Q. How do I know what size pump and filter I really need?
A. Your pump and filter will be sized according to the volume of water in your pool. The main objective of any filtration system is the ability to turn over all the water in your pool at least once within a period of 12 hours.
Q. What is the best way to clean my discolored coping and deck?
A. Leaves and dirt may stain concrete. Pressure washing can remove these soils and restore original brightness to concrete and coping stones. A light acid washing on the coping stones also works very well, and algae or mildew can be lifted by scrubbing with a paste of bleaching agent. If you do not have a cleaning agent on hand, you can try powdering the area with Baking Soda and then spraying it with vinegar before you scrub it with a brush.
Q. What would my annual savings be if I select a variable speed pump?
A. Depending upon utility rates, pool characteristics, and equipment selected, your savings can be significant. It is possible to recoup the premium cost of an upgrade from standard equipment to energy-efficient equipment in the first year of operation. For example, a system featuring an energy-efficient high-performance pump, D.E. Filtration, and an induced draft high-efficient heater that can deliver a savings of over $900 annually compared to standard equipment setup.
Q. When is the best time to run my pool’s filtration system?
A. The best time to run the pool’s filtration system is during off-peak hours when electricity demand is lower – typically between 8 pm-10 am.
Q. Do dead animals in pools pose a health risk to swimmers?
A. Most dead animals in pools do not pose a threat to swimmers. Many germs carried by animals infect only those animals, though a few of the germs they carry can infect people.
Most germs carried by animals are killed by chlorine within minutes in a well-maintained pool.
Q. What causes chlorine odor, red eyes, and itchy skin?
A. These unpleasant conditions indicate that the pool water has not been properly treated. A common cause is high levels of chloramines, formed when chlorine combines with body oils, perspiration, urine, and other contaminants brought into pools by swimmers.
Contrary to what most people think, a strong chemical smell is not an indication of too much chlorine in the pool. In fact, the pool may actually need additional chlorine treatment to get rid of chloramines and sanitize the water.