We are able to test your water when NZ is at alert level 3. We have created a process that protects both our team members and our clients. Please click on this link for information on how this process will work.
The retail store is closed in response to level 4 restrictions for Covid 19.
WE MAY STILL BE ABLE TO SUPPLY YOU WITH CHEMICALS
Without proper pool and spa maintenance (which includes circulation and treatment of water) various pathogens can grow, such as Pseudomonas, Cryptosporidium, E. Coli, Shigella, etc. It can also create a breeding ground for mosquitoes, other pests and the diseases they may carry, which presents a risk not only to bathers but to the entire community at large. We will do our best to supply clients with goods whilst working within the current restrictions if we can do so without any risk of transmission of the virus.
Please watch for updates on our website, Facebook page and via email.
HOW TO ORDER CHEMICALS
Please email us in the first instance firstname.lastname@example.org . In your email include your contact details and what products you would like to order. Please don’t place an order on our website until we have confirmed with you that we can deliver your order.
HOW TO GET ADVICE
You can email us with any pool related questions. Please include your contact phone number as it is generally easiest to phone you.
If necessary, you can leave a phone message, however we would prefer an email as we can check emails from home. Phone number is 978 1504.
HOW TO GET A WATER SAMPLE TESTED
Please email us on email@example.com and we will advise how this may be able to happen.
Please watch for updates on
- our website https://poolsidechristchurch.co.nz
- our Facebook page Poolside Christchurch
- and via email – check your inbox. If you don’t think we have your email, just send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to our mailing list. Please let us know if you have a pool, spa or both.
Christmas is a busy time for everyone and while most people enjoy a holiday at this time, our dedicated team will be at work to help you with all your pool requirements. Our Christmas hours are below. Come and see us if you need anything for your pool. Remember to bring a water sample with you and if you are having problems make sure you take some photos of the pool water or the equipment giving you grief!
We wish all of our clients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with lots of sunshine and swimming!
Monday 23 December 8:30am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 24 December 8:30am – 1:00pm
Christmas & Boxing Days CLOSED
Friday 27 December 8:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday 28 December 9:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday 29 December CLOSED
Monday 30 December 8:30am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 31 December 8:30am – 5:00pm
New Years Day & 2 January CLOSED
Friday 3 January 8:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday 4 January 9:00am – 3:00pm
It’s been coming for a while, but the moment has finally arrived. Lithium Hypochlorite (BioGuard Chlorinated Concentrate) has disappeared from shelves around the world. While the world’s supply of Lithium is not considered to be exhausted, the amount of lithium being mined is struggling to keep up with the demand (particularly for use in batteries) and this has seen a massive rise in the cost of lithium. This in turn has resulted in lithium hypochlorite manufacturers around the world stopping production of the chemical.
So, what do you do now when your home supply of Lithium Hypochlorite runs out? Don’t panic, we’ve got a great product to move to – BioGuard Armour.
Armour is a granular product containing a combination of bromine and chlorine. The major benefit of bromine compared to chlorine is that it is much longer lasting in the water, particularly at high heats such as in a spa pool! Stabilised bromine salts are reactivated in spas with ozone and the chlorine content of the product serves to regenerate the bromine, so it is an extremely efficient product.
It’s a sanitiser and an oxidiser so you don’t need a separate product to use as a shock dose. It is added directly to the spa water with no pre-dissolving required. It keeps the spa sanitised and clean, destroys organic wastes and helps to restore sparkling clear water.
So, when your lithium hypochlorite runs out or if it already has, come and see us about moving over to Armour. We will explain how to dose it, how much to dose and how often.
Scale build-up is the unwanted formation of calcium, which is found in almost every source of water. Initial signs of scale can be a white film developing around the water line or patches of white on the walls of the pool. New scale formation will usually brush off easily with your hand while older deposits will be more difficult to remove.
If neglected, scale can really damage your pool. The deposits you can see on the pool are only one part of the equation. The problem is the scale you can’t see in the pipes. Once a pipe is full of scale, circulation is obstructed. This means that your chemicals won’t be circulating properly, increasing your chances of bacteria and algae growth. Think of it like cholesterol clogging arteries. Calcium can obstruct pipework, causing pressure build-up which will eventually blow up your pump or break your pipes.
So, to make sure you aren’t spending your summer removing scale, follow these simple preventative methods:
Test regularly, to ensure calcium hardness levels are between 175-275ppm
Deposits begin to form when calcium levels are too high. Because deposits form faster when your pH is high, you want to maintain proper pH balance and alkalinity. Heat also plays a factor in the rate of scaling, the higher the heat the faster scaling occurs. There’s nothing to be done about the heat though as we all like a nice warm swimming pool!
You can also manage calcium levels by adding a scale prevention product like BioGuard Scale Inhibitor or Salt Pool Stain and Scale Control. These products help the water to hold more calcium in solution and prevent it from precipitating out and forming scale.
Scrub pool walls as part of your maintenance
People often leave this step out. Don’t. Brushing the pool walls is a crucial step in preventing scale deposits.
Get a pool cover
When the water is warm the pool will lose some water from evaporation. Evaporation of water results in an increase in concentration of calcium. Using a pool cover will reduce evaporation and slow down scale formation.
Salt pools require special attention
Salt pools generate chlorine in the salt cell/electrode of the salt chlorinator. The cell is a common place for scale to form. When scale forms on the plates of the salt cell it reduces the amount of chlorine able to be produced. Eventually if left unchecked the cell will not produce any chlorine resulting in a green pool. Maintaining correct water balance will reduce the rate at which scale builds-up on the salt cell. Clean your salt cell if scale develops.
Make sure it all balances out in the future
If scale build-up becomes a problem, come and see us to discuss the best way to deal with it. Water balance has a much bigger effect on scaling than calcium levels on their own.
Don’t let unsightly scale deposits detract from your pool’s beauty and avoid the costs of clogged pipes and a broken pump.