Shure Aquatics Services
At Shure Aquatics we strive to provide coverage for all of your needs. Some of the services we offer are listed below. Please Contact Us for more information of if you have a service question for us.
|Weekly and Bi-weekly Maintenance|
|Openings and Closings|
|Equipment Repairs and Upgrades|
|Salt Water Conversions|
|Renovations of plaster, tile, and coping|
|Chemicals and supplies|
A common misconception about chemicals and chemical costs in the pool industry is the thought that chlorine is chlorine, salt is salt, shock is shock etc. The facts speak a completely different story about the differences in the quality of chemicals available in the marketplace.
While it may seem to be true that a tablet looks the same as any other chlorine tablet, the ingredients, compaction, and quality of materials that go into the tablet make a huge difference. Some of the lesser quality products on the market include a lot of binder's, fillers, and ingredients that are completely useless to your pool chemistry. Some current "Sale" products claim to have algaecides, clarifiers, and other magical ingredients to help balance your pool.The true chemical balance of a pool is an incredible balancing act to combat the many variables in the environment. Sunlight, water temperature, external temperature, shade, rain, debris, and a number of other elements impact and attack your water balance on a minute by minute basis. Add a poor quality chemical compound to the mix and it makes balancing water a very difficult task, in some cases even adding costs to combat excessive chemical by products left in the water from poorly compounded chlorine tablets or poor quality additives.
Shure Aquatics only uses the highest quality of chemicals available on the market. Our chlorine tablets are composed of 99% Trichloro-s-triazinetrione, with an ultra-dense compaction for a longer release period. Compared side to side to a "value" product and you can see the difference immediately. Poorly compacted products flake and chip, almost crumbling in your hand which when added to water, release a high rate of chlorine immediately.
Ultimately, our goal is to have your water as close to perfect as possible at all times. In order to effectively do this, we add small amounts of chemicals regularly to constantly balance the water and combat the elements that impact them. While our chemical costs may fluctuate, we do our best to bring you an extremely high quality product, at a market standard rate.
If you are interested in ordering your chemicals in advance from us, we can make arrangements to stock your chemical room for you.
DE, Sand, Cartridge
The D.E. filter is the most efficient type of pool filter on the market. It can trap particles down to 3 - 5 microns; well below what the naked eye can see. A DE filters contains 8 paper-like grids arranged in a circular pattern, connected by a top manifold to help canal water, and secured together inside a fiberglass tank. A side multi-port also helps direct the water from the pump into the filter. D.E. stands for Diatomaceous Earth (the consistently of baby powder) and is a powder that you add to the skimmer which then coats the filter grids. This powder traps all the small particles as the water flows through the tank. Weekly or Bi weekly backwashing is critical in maintaining pool clarity. Backwashing is the process of redirecting the flow of the water in which you are stirring up and discharging any trapped dirt/particles/debris along with the DE powder. One to two minutes of backwashing and rinsing your DE filter is all it will take to help maintain your swimming experience. As mentioned above a DE filter is the most efficient in trapping and filtering particles in your pool, in addition, different from sand and cartridge filters a small addition chemical expense of DE should be factored into the budget.
Depending on the size of the DE filter will determine how much your chemical expense would be and in my opinion the price of the DE powder is worth the clarity.
A Sand filter acts on the same premise as a DE filter does! A DE filter traps particles with Diatomaceous Earth where a sand filter traps particles with sand. A slightly different shape and no grids but the same applies, the water will flow from the pump into the multi-port directing the water into the tank/sand and particles get stuck/trapped/lodged in the sand. The sand in a pool sand filter (#20 silica sand; 45 - 55 mm) is specially graded to trap particles in the 20 - 100 micron range. Again, similar to the DE filter weekly or Bi weekly backwashing and rinsing is essential to prolonging the life of the sand/tank and clarity of the water.
Cartridge Filters have been described as and look like large air filters you might see in your car and they operate the same way just submerged in water. The pool pump pulls/pushes water into the tank, through a top manifold (to help direct the water), into one or many cartridges where the dirt/debris gets trapped. Depending on the size of the pool some filters have 1 cartridge or as many as 8 for large resident pools. Today's filter cartridges are made from spun polyester and a heavy plastic or PVC core. Research suggests that particles 25-100 microns are filtered by a cartridge filter. As seen above the sand filter traps particles within the same range however, unlike a cartridge filter, a sand filter you can backwash those particles out week to week! Over time a Cartridge filter might become less efficient if it's not cleaned/hosed out accordingly.
What Filter is right for you?
Unfortunately there might not be simple answer! Sand filters are known to be the lowest maintenance of the three types of pool filters. You may only need to open up the tank every 5 years or so and evaluate the condition of the sand. DE filters require removing the internal grid assembly at least annually to clean them well, and cartridge filters don't backwash, you remove the cartridge and hose clean every so often, depending on the cartridge filter size. In my opinion it is all personal preference! If maintaining your pool yourself is something you want to do and don't want to have to be bothered, then a sand filter might be the way to go. If you are planning on having a pool company maintains your pool and pool clarity is your focus then a DE filter seems like the right fit. A cartridge filter does not need backwashing week after week so if you are environmentally and water conscience a cartridge filter would be perfect. Here at Shure Aquatics we like to education our customers. This small reading material has hopefully helped string board any decisions or answered any questions.
We always strongly recommend researching as much as possible as an informed decision is always better. Materials used above were provided by the internet and we encourage research and questions.
Please feel free to contact us with questions, comments, or concerns. We will be more then welcome to provide any addition information.