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BioSafe Systems Introduces New Eco-Friendly Water Care Products

Eco-Friendly Water Care for Pools & Spas - GreenCleanMAX by BioSafe Systems


GreenCleanMax non-chlorine pool spa treatments shock
GreenCleanMAX is the newest line of eco-friendly pool and spa products from BioSafe Systems.

This eco-friendly product line includes treatments for your pool, spa, deck, and outdoor furniture without the use of harsh chemicals. Learn more about each product below.


Non-Chlorine Pool Shock

GreenCleanMax non-chlorine pool shockBioSafe’s GreenCleanMAX Non-Chlorine Shock is a great liquid pool shock application.

It clears up pool water quickly, working as a powerful oxidizer, and is great to treat organic build-up, wastes, oils, and lotions in pool water. This chlorine-free shock reduces combined chlorine levels and controls odors.

Plus, you can swim within 15 minutes of application.

When to use:

- When combined chlorine levels are high
- After heavy use of the pool or spa
- After heavy rainstorms



Non-Chlorine Spa Treatment

GreenCleanMAX non-chorine pool hot tub spa treatmentThe GreenCleanMAX Non-Chlorine Spa Treatment oxidizes unwanted waste, oils, and lotions, and is a great treatment for water odors.

This liquid treatment is derived from activated peroxygen chemistries that contain no chlorine or copper. Its unique formula does not leave behind any odors or irritating byproducts; it simply breaking down into water and oxygen.

When to use:

- When chlorine levels are high
- When odors are high
- After heavy use of the hot tub or spa
- Weekly as a maintenance program





Non-Chlorine Algaecide


GreenCleanMax non-chlorine granular algaecideThe GreenCleanMAX Granular Algaecide eliminates and prevents algae, slime, molds, and bacteria in swimming pools (including saltwater pools), hot tubs, and spas.

The algaecide is both chlorine-free and copper-free and works without leaving behind skin irritants. It also requires no pH adjustment.

GreenCleanMAX’s sustainable approach softens the water and brings organic debris to the surface for easy removal.

When to use:

- When first opening your pool
- Weekly to prevent algae
- Prior to closing your pool




Moss, Mold, and Mildew Treatment for Decks & Patios


GreenCleanMax MMM Moss Mold Mildew Treament deck patioGreenCleanFX MMM is a moss, mold, and mildew treatment that is free of copper, chlorine, and phosphates.

The formula comes in a convenient spray bottle and is safe to use on many surfaces, including wood decks, patios, pool ladders, and outdoor furniture.

It is EPA-registered as a cleaning product for non-porous surfaces such as pool and spa covers, umbrellas, and cartridge filters.

How to use:

- Attach the ready-to-spray nozzle to a hose for quick application. Spray onto area to be treated. (No rinsing required.)
- For areas heavily stained with mold, mildew or moss, brush lightly with GreenCleanFX MMM to help remove stains quickly.

Where to use:

- Concrete and pavement: patios, sidewalks and retaining walls
- Outdoor furniture: chairs, tables, umbrellas and awnings
- Decks: composite, wood (natural, painted, stained) pre-treated lumber
- Pool covers and equipment: diving boards, covers, liners, tiles, siding


To learn more about this new line of eco-friendly pool and spa care products, visit www.GreenCleanMAX.com

Photos courtesy of BioSafe Systems





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Pleatco Unveils New PLEATCO ADVANCED Filter Cartridges

New PLEATCO ADVANCED® Filter Cartridges Offer Exceptionally Clean Pool and Spa Water







Pleatco Advanced Filter CartridgePleatco, the New-York based filtration company, has introduced new PLEATCO ADVANCED filter cartridges for pools and spas.

The cartridges center around a completely new and unique, uniformly bonded filtration media, which drives exceptional cleaning performance for clear, healthy pool and spa water.

How do PLEATCO ADVANCED Filter Cartridges work?

PLEATCO ADVANCED 4oz bonded media contains more fibers per unit area, offering greater volume dirt-holding capacity.

With reduced pore size distribution, the fabric speeds up turbidity reduction through unique cross filtration flow. This easily and efficiently captures dirt particles to achieve a deeper level of cleanliness and clarity than ever before.


How were they developed?

PLEATCO ADVANCED was meticulously tested over an 18-month period with the assistance of over 40 industry professionals and pool owners nationwide who put the new product through rigorous paces in broad climates, environments, and conditions. The results were a resounding win for Pleatco.

“PLEATCO ADVANCED is the new standard that takes the entire industry to the next level, not just Pleatco,” says Richard Medina, vice president of engineering at Pleatco.


Pleatco Advanced Filter CartridgeWhat are the benefits of PLEATCO ADVANCED?

Combining the new media with Pleatco’s unique FREE FLOW CORE® technology, PLEATCO ADVANCED filter cartridges offer many benefits, including:

- lower pressure
- greater flow
- less wear and tear on the pump
- extended life of the product
- extended time between necessary cleaning
- less overall energy consumption

“PLEATCO ADVANCED cartridges held up great all summer, were very easy to clean, and really kept my pool perfectly sparkling,” says pool owner Kim Rahe, Ohio.

Pool owner Terry Weaver, North Carolina, also reports great success with the product. “Pleatco Advanced worked remarkably well with no significant increase in pressure and our pool has remained clear throughout this season, even though we had an incredible amount of pollen.”


Pleatco Advanced Filter CartridgeContinued innovation

Seven years ago, under new owner and CEO Howard Smith, Pleatco began turning the tide in their category. Innovative thinking and a scientific approach to filtration of pool and spa water are hallmarks of the company’s rise to prominence in the industry. PLEATCO ADVANCED is the newest step in the revolution of water filtration technology.

“When it comes to clean water,” says Pleatco’s Howard Smith, “we’re never done. We have an obligation to do what’s right.” That commitment is underscored by research, which shows a child drinks 1.3 ounces of water for every 45 minutes they play in a pool - a sobering statistic the whole Pleatco team takes to heart. It moves them to raise the bar higher.


Photos courtesy of Pleatco




How to Maintain Your Pool Before and After a Rain Storm

Pool Care Tips: What to Do with Your Pool

Before and After a Rain Storm


How to Prepare Your Pool Before a Rain StormAlong with beautiful sunshine and warmer temperatures, the months of summer also bring a fair share of rain. According to the National Hurricane Center, June 1 to November 30 marks the Atlantic hurricane season, while the Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 to November 30. (Peak hurricane season runs from mid-August to late October.)


The combination of rain, high winds, and even lightning can introduce an array of dirt, debris, and other unhealthy pollutants into your pool water as well as put a strain on your pool’s equipment and structure. Proper preparation and clean-up is important to ensure your pool remains protected and is safe for you to jump back in once the sun re-emerges. Follow the tips below to keep your pool safe, clean, and protected before and after a rain storm.

Photo courtesy of Pentair Aquatic Systems



How to Prepare Your Pool Before a Rain Storm

Keep the pool full – Never drain the pool before a rain storm. The weight of the water will help hold the pool in place in case the ground around it becomes heavily saturated with rainwater, which could cause the pool to lift out of the ground. If you’re afraid the pool will overflow, lower the water level no more than 2 – 3 inches and close the skimmer valve to prevent damage to the pump.

Freeform Swimming Pool with Loop-Loc Safety CoverRemove loose items from the pool area – High winds can blow items such as floats, lounge chairs, and other patio furniture into the pool which can cause major damage. Place pool floats, toys, and other items in a safe place, such as a garage, shed, or storage bin. Cover patio furniture or tie it down if you’re not able to bring it indoors.

Turn off power to the pool equipment – Turn the power off at the circuit breaker for the pump, motor, filter, heater, and lighting to avoid dangerous electrical problems due to flooding.

Protect the pool equipment – Even with the power turned off, your pool’s equipment are vulnerable to damage from high winds and heavy amounts of rainwater. It’s best to remove the pump motor and bring it indoors, or cover it with a plastic tarp and tightly tie it down to prevent water from getting inside.

Balance the water and add algicide – Rainwater carries many organic contaminants from the atmosphere. Balancing the water and adding algicide or extra chlorine before a storm will help ease contamination and save you a lot of trouble during the clean-up process.

If you have a mesh safety cover, put it on – A lightweight solar pool cover can easily be blown off or into the pool during high winds and a solid tie-down cover can tear if it accumulates too much rainwater; in most cases, it is best to leave these covers off of the pool. Mesh safety covers are better equipped to withstand harsh winds since they are tightly anchored to the pool deck with minimal gaps where wind can enter and blow the cover off. The mesh material also allows rainwater to filter through the cover and into the pool, so it will not collect on top. [Cover Concerns: Some pool owners prefer to leave their pool uncovered during storms fearing that fallen tree branches or other harsh debris will destroy the cover; however, these items can cause considerable damage to the pool's interior, which can be more difficult and expensive to replace than a pool cover. Decide which investment is more important to you.]


Photo courtesy of Loop-Loc, Ltd.



How to Clean Your Pool After a Rain Storm
 
Skim and remove debris – Remove any large branches, leaves, and other debris from the pool with a rake and skimmer.

Check the pump strainer and skimmer baskets – There’s a good chance these have been filled with dirt and debris from the storm. Clean them out to prevent clogging the system once you restore power to the equipment.

Inspect the pool equipment and restore power – Uncover the pump motor and check for water or water damage. If the equipment is dry, you can turn the power back on and start running the pool’s circulation and filtration systems. Do not turn the power back on if the equipment is wet or if there are signs of water damage. Instead, contact a licensed electrician and have him/her come out and inspect the equipment. Never try to clean or dry the equipment without first consulting a professional.

Pentair Kreep Krauiser Pool VacuumVacuum the pool – After restoring power to the pool equipment, it’s time to clean the pool. Brush the pool walls and floor to remove any dirt and then vacuum the pool.

Shock and balance the water – Even though you balanced the water before the storm, the organic materials in the rainwater most likely wiped out any residual chlorine levels and lowered the water’s pH and alkalinity. Add enough pool shock chemicals to bring the chlorine level to around 10.0 ppm. (Always pre-dissolve chemicals in water before adding to your pool.) Once the chlorine level recedes to 3.0 ppm, begin balancing the water.

Run the pump and filter – Keep the circulation and filtration systems running for at least 10 hours after shocking the pool to ensure the water is properly sanitized.

Turn on the pool heater – Due to rainwater and wind, the pool’s water temperature is probably a little on the chilly side. Turn on your pool’s heating system so that it has enough time to warm the water to your desired temperature.

Photo courtesy of Pentair Aquatic Systems



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