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POOL & SPA CARE GUIDE 2 PristineBlue® Product Line ........................................... 2 Converting to PristineBlue®…
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POOL & SPA CARE GUIDE 2 PristineBlue® Product Line ........................................... 2 Converting to PristineBlue® .......................................... 4 Calculating Water Volume .............................................. 5 Water Balance ............................................................... 6 Starting Your Pool ........................................................ 10 Maintaining Your Pool .................................................. 11 Starting Your Spa or Hot Tub ....................................... 12 Maintaining Your Spa or Hot Tub ................................. 14 Winterizing ................................................................... 16 Customer Support ...................................................... 17 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) ............................... 18 Tips ............................................................................. 20 Glossary ...................................................................... 21 CONTENTS FOR YOUR INFORMATION: PristineBlue is a nonpublic health bactericide and is not a primary disinfectant. Where multiple swimmers or users are present, it is advisable to use these products with a primary disinfectant to ensure immediate neutralization of bacteria. The information in this guide is, to the best of our knowledge, reliable and the suggestions contained herein are the opinion of Earth Science Laboratories, Inc. You should determine for yourself whether these products are suitable for your applications and objectives. Earth Science Laboratories, Inc. makes no guarantee of satisfactory results and disclaims any liability for any resulting loss or damage. This information is not intended to supercede or conflict with federal, state or local statutes or regulations. 1 Pool, spa and hot tub maintenance is now easier than ever with PristineBlue. Just follow the maintenance program in this guide once every 2 weeks. It is NSF 60 Certified and PristineBlue is gentle on pumps, filters, automatic cleaners, and safe to use on all pool and spa surfaces. If you have questions along the way, check with your pool and spa dealer first. They can analyze your water, recommend products and assist you with all aspects of pool and spa ownership. You can also rely on us. Visit pristineblue.com or call us at (800) 962-1492. 2 PristineBlue® Pool and Spa Care 8 oz. Quart (32 oz.) Half Gallon (64 oz.) PristineBlue® is the cornerstone of the system. It is a blue liquid that is added to pools and spas at start up and topped off routinely. 8 oz. Quart (32 oz.) Half Gallon (64 oz.) PristineClean® is a scale and metal inhibitor. It prevents metal and mineral particles that enter your water from bonding to walls and other surfaces. PristineCheck™ is a water prep. It is added to pools and spas before the introduction of PristineBlue to sequester calcium and other minerals for maximum effectiveness. PristineExtra® contains 99% sodium di-chlor (granular chlorine). It is an effective shock treatment that can be used at start-up, routine maintenance or for troubleshooting as needed. It is a primary sanitizer. 8 oz. 1 lb. 4 lb. PristineClear® clears cloudy water in pools by bringing suspended particles together, enabling the filtration system to better remove the particles. 8 oz. Quart (32 oz.) PRODUCT LINE 10 oz. 1 lb. 5 lb. PristinePower® is a pH buffered, potassium monopersulfate oxidizer. It is used to oxidize the organic materials that can cause cloudy water. PristinePower can be used every 1-2 weeks depending on bather load. 8 oz. Quart (32 oz.) Half Gallon (64 oz.) 3 PristineStrips™ are used for testing the total alkalinity and pH of the pool and spa water. PristineLithium™ is a 35% lithium hypochlorite shock that dissolves quickly. It is our preferred shock and can be used for start-up, routine maintenance or troubleshooting as needed. It is a primary sanitizer. 1 lb. 20 lb. 3 lb. 6 lb. 20 lb. PristinepHDown™ contains sodium bisulfate dry acid. It is used to decrease pH and total alkalinity in pools and spas. 2 lb. 5 lb. 10 lb. PristinepHUp™ contains sodium carbonate. It is used to increase the pH in pools and spas. PristineAlkUp™ contains sodium bicarbonate. It is used to increase total alkalinity in pools and spas. 2 lb. 5 lb. 10 lb. PristinePure™ PristinePure is just that, “pure batch” enzymes. This versatile 4-in-1 multipurpose cleaner, controls phosphates and acts as a natural water clarifier. The super concentrated formula is non-toxic and environmentally friendly with no dyes or fragrances. It breaks down oils, lotions and cosmetics to keep filters cleaner for extended life. 32 oz. PristineMist™ prevents odor and discoloration to the underside of spa covers. 8 oz. PristineBlue Mini Test Kit™ measures the PristineBlue level in pools and spas. 4 CHLORINE OR BROMINE SYSTEM: POOLS - It’s easy and takes less than 48 hours! PristineBlue is compatible with chlorine and bromine. Simply follow the steps for “Starting Your Pool” on page 10 of this guide. SPA, HOT TUB OR SWIM SPAS - It’s easy and takes less than 48 hours! Simply follow the steps for “Starting Your Spa, Hot Tub or Swim Spa” on page 12 of this guide. SALT CHLORINE GENERATOR SYSTEM: Salt systems are compatible with the PristineBlue line of products. Just turn your salt system down to the lowest setting. Then follow the instructions for “Starting Your Pool” on page 10. IONIZER SYSTEM: Discontinue using your ionizer. Remove it or bypass it. Run a copper test. Follow Spring Opening instructions on page 10. Use copper test results in place of PristineBlue test levels to determine dosage in step 3b. OZONE or ULTRAVIOLET SYSTEM: These systems are compatible with the PristineBlue line of products. Follow the instructions for “Starting Your Pool” on page 10. BAQUACIL* OR SOFTSWIM** POOL SYSTEMS: Because biguanides are not compatible with most other pool chemicals, converting to another system from Baquacil* or SoftSwim** can be time-consuming. It is very important that all steps be followed to make starting on PristineBlue less difficult and expensive. See web site for spa conversion. 1. Adjust the pH between 7.2 and 7.6. 2. Shock with 4 pounds of PristinePower® per 10,000 gallons of pool water. 3. Filter continuously for 48 hours. The water may become green at this point. Don’t be concerned as this is common. 4. After 48 hours of filtration, re-adjust the pH, if necessary, (7.2 to 7.6) and maintain this level throughout the remainder of the conversion process. 5. Backwash the filter or clean the cartridge. 6. Shock daily with chlorine, using 2 pounds per 10,000 gallons until the water is clear. It is preferable to shock in the evening to prevent dissipation of chlorine by sunlight. 7. Filter continuously during this process. Shocking may be needed for 2 weeks or longer to restore water clarity. 8. Vacuum pool to waste. 9. Change the filter media. This step is very important because biguanide residue may remain. 10. Shock with 2 pounds of chlorine per 10,000 gallons of water. If any discoloration occurs on the pool surface or water becomes hazy or tinted, repeat steps 5 through 7. 11. RE-BALANCE WATER, IF NECESSARY, AND OPERATE POOL ON CHLORINE FOR 2 WEEKS. 12. If the water is clear without discoloration after 2 weeks of chlorine operation, follow the steps below to perform a “bucket test”. If the water is cloudy or discolored, return to step 5. To insure biguanide residual is zero perform a “bucket test” following these steps in order: 1. Fill a clean, white, 5 gallon bucket half full with pool water. 2. Add 2 tablespoons of granular chlorine. 3. If the water turns muddy or green, there is still biguanide residue in the pool system. 4. Continue shocking daily with chlorine and repeat the “bucket test.” 5. Complete step 1-4 until the results of the bucket test is clear water. REMINDER: After concluding all the steps in the biguanide conversion, operate pool on chlorine for 2 weeks before starting on the PristineBlue Pool & Spa Care System Starting your Pool, Spa, Hot Tub or Swim Spa on PristineBlue® is Simple! *Baquacil is a registered trademark of Lonza Group LTD. **Soft Swim is a registered trademark of Biolab, Inc. CONVERSION 5 Know Your Volume One of the most important pieces of information you can have for your pool, spa or swim spa is the water volume in gallons. Whether you’re adjusting pH, shocking or adding PristineBlue, accurate water volume is essential to proper dosage. Using too much or too little can cause a problem to develop or get worse! Ideally, your water should be metered as the pool is filled to obtain an accurate pool volume. Since metering is rarely considered, we’ve provided basic formulas for calculating volumes for various pool configurations. RECTANGLE OR SQUARE POOL To determine your water volume in a rectangular or square pool, multiply length x width x average depth in feet to calculate cubic feet. Then multiply cubic feet x 7.5 to determine gallons of water. ROUND OR OVAL POOL To determine your water volume in a round or oval pool, multiply radius times radius x 3.14 x average depth x 7.5. The radius is half the diameter or the distance from edge to center of the pool. IRREGULAR If you have an irregular pool shape or are having difficulty calculating your water volume, see your dealer or contact the manufacturer of your pool, spa or swim spa. My pool volume is ______________ gallons. Spa Water Volume In a spa, with its irregularly shaped seats, the easiest way to determine volume is by fill time. Time how long it takes you to fill the spa, then using the same hose and water pressure, time how long it takes you to fill a one gallon container. Divide the number of minutes it took to fill the spa by the number of minutes it took to fill the one gallon container, and you’ll get an accurate water volume in gallons. Example: It took 30 minutes to fill a spa. You filled a one gallon container in 6 seconds, or 0.1 minutes. 30 divided by 0.1 equals 300 gallons. My spa volume is _____________ gallons. CALCULATING WATER VOLUME 6 An essential element in maintaining any body of water is what professionals refer to as “water balance.” Water balance involves several parameters that must be maintained within acceptable ranges. Properly balanced water insures comfort and optimizes the effectiveness of all chemicals added to the water. The levels of total alkalinity, pH and calcium hardness in the water are factors collectively referred to as “water balance.” IMPORTANT: Properly balanced water is critical to the success of ANY pool or spa system. Acceptable Ranges for PristineBlue Pool & Spa Care System: • Total Alkalinity: 50 to 90 ppm • pH: 7.2 to 7.6 • Calcium Hardness: 100 to 300 ppm Testing the water prior to adding maintenance chemicals or as suggested on a regular basis is vital since water balance can be altered by such things as rain, dirt, leaves, bathers and chemicals. Some problems that occur when water is not properly balanced are skin and eye irritation, cloudy or green water, corrosion or scaling of equipment. PristinepHUp, PristinepHDown and PristineAlkUp are used to adjust water balance. You can test your water balance levels at home or take a water sample to your dealer for analysis. When obtaining a water sample, collect water from elbow depth or below and away from skimmers or returns. IMPORTANT: Anytime you add PristinepHUp, PristinepHDown or PristineAlkUp allow the water to circulate for 4 hours before retesting. WATER BALANCE 7 Low Total Alkalinity When it is necessary to increase total alkalinity, use PristineAlkUp. Total alkalinity should be increased over time at the rate not to exceed 1.5 lbs. per 10,000 gallons of water every 4 days until the desired level is reached. Trying to raise total alkalinity too quickly could result in green and/or cloudy water. Run filtration system to continually circulate water while raising total alkalinity. Total Alkalinity Total alkalinity and pH are closely related. Total alkalinity provides a buffering effect to add stability to pH, thus preventing drastic changes known as “pH bounce.” Test your total alkalinity level with PristineStrips, or take a water sample to your dealer for analysis. Total alkalinity should always be adjusted BEFORE adjusting pH. Acceptable Range for PristineBlue Pool & Spa Care System: • Total Alkalinity: 50 to 90 ppm High Total Alkalinity. To reduce total alkalinity, turn pump off, apply the recommended amount of PristinepHDown. Pre-dissolving PristinepHDown is preferred. Pour directly into the deepest part of pool in one location and wait 15 minutes before turning the pump back on. It may take several applications to lower total alkalinity to the desired level. 2,500 5,000 10,000 15,000 20,000 25,000 30,000 PristinepHDown POUNDS NEEDED FOR POOLS GALLONS OF WATERDesired Change 10 ppm 0.50 1.00 2.00 3.00 4.00 5.00 6.00 20 ppm 1.00 2.00 4.00 6.00 8.00 10.00 12.00 30 ppm 1.50 3.00 6.00 9.00 12.00 15.00 18.00 40 ppm 2.00 4.00 8.00 12.00 16.00 20.00 24.00 50 ppm 2.50 5.00 10.00 15.00 20.00 25.00 30.00 60 ppm 3.00 6.00 12.00 18.00 24.00 30.00 36.00 70 ppm 3.50 7.00 14.00 21.00 28.00 35.00 42.00 80 ppm 4.00 8.00 16.00 24.00 32.00 40.00 48.00 90 ppm 4.50 9.00 18.00 27.00 36.00 45.00 54.00 100 ppm 5.00 10.00 20.00 30.00 40.00 50.00 60.00 2,500 5,000 10,000 15,000 20,000 25,000 30,000 PristineAlkUp POUNDS NEEDED FOR POOLS GALLONS OF WATERDesired Change 10 ppm 0.50 1.00 1.50 2.50 3.00 4.00 4.50 20 ppm 0.75 1.50 3.00 4.50 6.00 7.50 9.00 30 ppm 1.00 2.00 4.00 6.00 8.00 10.00 12.00 40 ppm 1.50 3.00 6.00 9.00 12.00 15.00 18.00 200 400 600 800 1,000 1,400 2,000 PristineAlkUp OUNCES NEEDED FOR SPAS/HOT TUBS/SWIM SPAS GALLONS OF WATERDesired Change 10 ppm 0.50 1.00 1.50 2.00 2.50 3.50 5.00 20 ppm 1.00 2.00 3.00 4.00 5.00 7.00 10.00 30 ppm 1.50 3.00 4.50 6.00 7.50 10.50 15.00 40 ppm 2.00 4.00 6.00 8.00 10.00 14.00 20.00 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 PristinepHDown OUNCES NEEDED FOR SPAS/HOT TUBS/SWIM SPAS GALLONS OF WATERDesired Change 10 ppm 0.75 1.00 1.50 1.75 2.00 2.25 2.75 20 ppm 1.50 2.00 2.75 3.25 4.00 4.50 5.25 30 ppm 2.00 3.00 4.00 5.00 6.00 6.75 7.75 40 ppm 2.75 4.00 5.25 6.50 7.75 8.00 10.25 50 ppm 3.25 5.00 6.50 8.00 9.75 11.25 13.00 60 ppm 4.00 6.00 7.75 9.75 11.50 13.50 15.50 70 ppm 4.50 6.75 9.00 11.25 13.50 15.75 18.00 80 ppm 5.25 7.75 10.25 13.00 15.50 18.00 20.50 90 ppm 6.00 8.75 11.50 14.50 17.50 20.25 23.00 100 ppm 6.50 9.75 13.00 16.00 19.25 22.50 25.75 8 pH pH is the measure of how much acid/alkaline is in the swimming pool water. A pH of 7.0 is neutral - below 7.0 is acidic, above 7.0 is alkaline. Once total alkalinity is in the proper range, test pH using PristineStrips or take a water sample to your local dealer for analysis. Acceptable Range for PristineBlue Pool & Spa Care System: • pH: 7.2 to 7.6 High pH. High pH can be lowered by adding PristinepHDown. Fill a bucket ¾ full with water from the pool. Mix proper amount of PristinepHDown from chart below into the bucket and pour it slowly around the deep end of the pool. If adding a large quantity of PristinepHDown, do it in stages. Allow the pump to circulate water for at least 4 hours then test the pH and repeat the process if necessary. Low pH. It is not necessary to pre-dissolve. Broadcast PristinepHUp in small doses of recommended amount indicated below until the desired level is reached. Make sure to stand down wind to keep product from blowing into your eyes. Run filter to circulate water as much as possible. IMPORTANT: DON’T add large amounts of PristinepHDown to the pool at one time. 2,500 5,000 10,000 15,000 20,000 25,000 30,000 PristinepHDown POUNDS NEEDED FOR POOLS GALLONS OF WATERDesired Change 7.6 - 7.9 0.125 0.25 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.25 2.50 8.0 - 8.4 0.25 0.50 1.00 1.50 2.00 2.50 5.00 Above 8.4 0.375 0.75 1.50 2.25 3.00 3.75 7.50 200 400 600 800 1,000 1,400 2,000 PristinepHDown TEASPOONS NEEDED FOR SPAS GALLONS OF WATERDesired Change 7.6 - 7.9 0.50 0.75 1.25 1.50 2.00 2.75 4.00 8.0 - 8.4 0.75 1.50 2.25 3.00 3.75 5.25 7.50 Above 8.4 1.50 3.00 4.50 6.00 7.50 10.50 15.00 2,500 5,000 10,000 15,000 20,000 25,000 PristinepHUp POUNDS NEEDED FOR POOLS GALLONS OF WATERDesired Change Below 7.2 0.25 0.50 1.00 1.50 2.00 2.50 125 250 375 500 625 750 875 PristinepHUp TABLESPOONS NEEDED FOR SPAS/HOT TUBS/SWIM SPAS GALLONS OF WATERDesired Change 10 0.50 1.00 1.50 2.00 2.50 3.00 3.50 WATER BALANCE 9 Calcium Hardness If calcium hardness is too low, water becomes corrosive and results in etching of pool’s surfaces. Corrosion of pool equipment, pipe fittings and pump connections can result in staining of pool walls and floor. While the PristineBlue Pool & Spa Care System prefers to operate at the lower end of the customary calcium hardness range we see little variation after the initial application of PristineCheck, unless using calcium hypochlorite. It’s precisely this application of PristineCheck and a 2 week maintenance dose of PristineClean that allows us to manage calcium hardness levels at a lower range. If you don’t have a home test kit for calcium hardness, have your dealer analyze a water sample or sell you a test kit. Acceptable Range for PristineBlue Pool & Spa Care System: • Calcium Hardness: 100 to 300 ppm High Calcium Hardness. If high calcium hardness is due to high levels greater than 300 ppm in source water, add PristineCheck, 2 ounces per 10,000 gallons every two weeks during regular maintenance. If source water is not the cause of high calcium hardness, levels are less than 300 ppm, dilute pool water through partial draining. Refill with low calcium hardness source water. Add PristineCheck, 2 ounces per 10,000 gallons at each 2 week maintenance until within range, then discontinue. Use of calcium hypochlorite shock is not recommended IF having trouble keeping calcium hardness in range. Low Calcium Hardness. Low calcium hardness should not cause great concern when using the PristineBlue Pool & Spa Care System. When instructed to increase your calcium hardness levels for contractor or manufacturer warranties, please feel free to do so. Increase to the low to mid-range or 100 - 200 ppm to achieve maximum efficiency. Increase calcium hardness by creating a slurry of calcium chloride in a plastic bucket, not metal, and pour the dissolved solution into the pool with filter running. Brush pool thoroughly to stir up any undissolved material that may fall to the bottom. 1,000 5,000 10,000 20,000 50,000 Calcium Chloride NEEDED FOR POOLS OR SPAS/HOT TUBS/SWIM SPAS GALLONS OF WATERDesired Increase in PPM 10 2 oz 10 oz 1.25 lbs 2.5 lbs 6.25 lbs 20 4 oz 1.25 lbs 2.5 lbs 5 lbs 12.5 lbs 30 6 oz 1.75 lbs 3.75 lbs 7.5 lbs 18.75 lbs 40 8 oz 2.5 lbs 5 lbs 10 lbs 25 lbs 50 10 oz 3 lbs 6.25 lbs 12.5 lbs 31.25 lbs 10 Spring Opening or Freshly Filled Pool Start with a clean pool and functional equipment. Remove leaves and other debris and then vacuum. Check to make sure pump, heater and other equipment are operational. Clean or backwash the filter. Run the filter continuously through this start up process. BEFORE YOU BEGIN: Calculating accurate pool water volume is critical. See instructions on page 5. Concerned? Call (800) 962-1492 Step 1: BALANCE Balance water to the following ranges (see pages 6-9 for details on water balance): • Total Alkalinity: 50 to 90 ppm • pH: 7.2 to 7.6 • Calcium Hardness: 100 to 300 ppm NOTE: It is unlikely, but achieving optimal water balance may take several days. Be patient. Step 2: PREP 2a. Add 2 ounces of PristineCheck per 1,000 gallons of pool water. Run filter for 6 hours. Add ______ ounces of PristineCheck. 2b. Add 1 pound of PristineLithium or PristineExtra per 10,000 gallons of pool water. Continue running your filter pump for a minimum of 12 hours bef
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