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Jolly Gel Information

Congratulations on buying and trying Jolly Gel - you will be so glad you did! 

Jolly Gel clarifies the water to camera-ready standards!

 

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 And remind yourself of what it will do for your pool and your pocket -

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Jolly Gel filters particles 5 times smaller than sand (or glass) alone.

It works in a totally different way to other clarifiers by placing a glutinous, porous membrane over and between the grains of filter media.The membrane catches particles on contact and holds them 'prisoner' until the next back-wash. The membrane, and all the dirt it has caught, is flushed away during a regular back-wash.

Jolly Gel cleans the water so perfectly that it becomes almost invisible!

And it saves much more money than it costs . . .

How?

1.   By reducing back-washing

Jolly Gel gets the water so clean there is nothing left for the filter to catch, and back-washing can be reduced to every 3 - 6 weeks instead of weekly, producing a big saving in water bills. Costly chemicals and heat are also lost during back-washing. When the pool is topped up from mains supply the pool temperature drops - so the pool heater has to run for longer to compensate.

Approx. annual saving of 10,500 US Gallons (40m³) of water in an average 50m³ private pool.

2.   By removing Phosphates (algae food)

Jolly Gel strips phosphates from the water. Without food algae cannot grow, so less sanitizer is needed and chemical bills are reduced.

3.   By extending equipment life

Here's where we get a little technical but please read on and all will be explained . . .

Jolly Gel works in a totally different way to other pool clarifiers.

Unlike most clarifiers it is not dosed into the pool - it goes in the pump basket (strainer).

Circulating water dissolves the gel, which then fills the spaces between the grains of filter media to increase filter efficiency, removes the tiniest suspended particles and doubles the life of the media.

Jolly Gel stays in the filter, working its' magic, and does not get out into the pool-water.

 

Sand-filters are filled with a very special type of filter media - a type of sand called Silex, produced by crushing rock.

Most of the worlds' sand is more-or-less round because it has been knocked about in water, causing the rough edges to be broken off. Think about pebbles on a beach or in a river - they are all pretty much rounded. No matter how tightly the pebbles are packed together there are big gaps between them.

'Round' sand is totally useless in a sand-filter, but Silex is NOT rounded - its grains have flat faces and sharp angles.

Now imagine 2 grains of Silex (or glass media) pressed tightly together in your filter. It's the size of the tiny gap between the grains that determines how small a particle can be physically trapped there.

New Silex will filter to around 15 microns (15 millionths of a metre). Periodically the little gaps between the grains become plugged up with trapped particles and the filter must be back-washed.

Back-washing damages the filter media

During a back-wash the water flow is reversed through the filter and the filter bed is 'fluidized': - the sand is now in really turbulent water and the grains smash into each other, like on a beach.

The result is that microscopic particles are chipped off the grains. These micro-particles are much too small to be caught in a sand-filter - they're even too small to sink to the floor of the pool.

They are constantly recirculated around the pool and, as they pass through the sand-filter, they erode the sand because they are exactly as hard as the material they were chipped-off from.

After 3 years or so the erosion is so bad that all the sharp edges are worn away, all the flat faces become pitted and the sand becomes rounded. The filter is no longer capable of keeping the water clean; so the media must be changed. This costs anything from €350 upwards, depending on the size of the filter.

When Jolly Gel is used the abrasive particles of filter media are caught in the glutinous membrane on contact, and flushed to the drains during a normal back-wash.

The result is that there is now absolutely nothing left in the water for the filter to catch and therefore back-washing can be reduced to every 3 - 6 weeks instead of weekly.

Less frequent back-washing dramatically reduces wear-and-tear on the filter media - giving it at least DOUBLE the life, and often much longer.

3a   Do you have a salt pool?

The abrasive micro-particles of filter-media also erode the coating of Ruthenium, Tantalum and Iridium on the plates of a salt-water chlorinator cell (replacement plates cost €700 and upwards!), the tip of a pH probe (replacement cost €80 to €150), etc. removing micro-particles of filter media with Jolly Gel will greatly extend the life of these items and much other pool equipment.

                                                                           

You'll be pleasantly surprised at just how effective Jolly Gel is!

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How to use Jolly Gel

Remove the plastic bag and place the first cube of Jolly Gel in the pump strainer basket.

Note:- It does not matter if the cube has dehydrated and shrunk - it will re-hydrate with no loss of performance.

Run the filter for 24 hours.

Backwash and rinse the filter, then return to your normal filtration timings.

That's it - you're done!

Note: - It is only necessary to run the pump for 24 hours the first time Jolly Gel is used. Subsequent applications do not require this unless the pool has been allowed to get cloudy.           

Apply a new cube every 3 weeks for a permanently transparent pool.

 

How can I find out if I have these 'invisible' micro-particles in my pool?

Wait until it's dark and then turn the pool lights on - if you can see a 'fan' of light - you have them. (And they're costing you money!)

Now use Jolly Gel for 24 hours and try again - you will not see a fan of light because all the particles will be GONE. Locked away in the Jolly Gel membrane inside the filter! They'll stay there until you next back-wash.

Your equipment will be starting out on its extended life, saving much more money than the cost of the Jolly Gel!

 

Do not freeze Jolly Gel and protect it from frost.

Spanish Homologation Number: 12-70-4627

If your pool is often cloudy it is probable that the filter media needs to be changed - but Jolly Gel will give your sand-filter sand-filter an extra lease of life!

 

Important Note

When using Jolly Gel for the first time, it is important to monitor the pressure reading within the first six hours, or dependent on the filter cycle.

The reason for this is that Jolly Gel collects suspended particles much faster than any other flocculent.

Be aware that the filter pressure will rise faster than normal and it may need to be back-washed sooner than normal.

When the water has been thoroughly cleansed by Jolly Gel, the normal filtration routine can be resumed.

Note:- Not suitable for DE or cartridge filters.

 

FAQ's

I put a cube of Jolly Gel in the pump strainer basket and it’s still there after 48 hours?

There could be three reasons why the Jolly Gel cube is still in the basket:

1 - You have not run the pump continuously for 24 hours.

2 - The water temperature is below 26C (78F) – if this is the case the cube will dissolve more slowly.

3 - You forgot to remove the cube from the little plastic bag . . . . . .

The Jolly Gel cube has gone hard – is this a problem?

Jolly Gel cubes dehydrate and harden over time, particularly so if it has been stored in high ambient temperatures. The cube going hard is not a problem. Once immersed in water it will return to its original shape and size and will perform perfectly.

How many cubes should I use?

You only need to use one cube, placed in the pump basket (not in the skimmer). One cube will service up to 15,850 gallons (60m³) of water for three weeks.

How often do I need to use Jolly Gel?

Continuous use (one cube every 3 weeks) will ensure that the pool is always completely transparent and maximize the extended life of the filter and other pool equipment. Remember that it is not necessary to use Jolly Gel when the pool is closed for winter, so 2 packs a year are often sufficient for most private pools.

Can I put the cube in the skimmer basket?

It is not advisable to put Jolly Gel in the skimmer basket. The skimmer basket collects general debris (e.g. leaves, insects). Jolly Gel is a glutinous substance, so leaves and general debris will stick to it. The recommendation is to place the cube only in the pump strainer basket.

 

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Pond Nets

Pond & Garden Water Safety

(Pond nets are the best solution)

Young children are fascinated by water; whether it be in a pond, paddling-pool, bucket, puddle or swimming pool, kids are drawn to it and will readily investigate

This natural inquisitiveness brought about the deaths of 68 UK children aged 1-6 years, in garden ponds alone, between 1995 and 2005. Most of those deaths were preventable

Many of these tragic accidents occurred when a supervising adult became momentarily distracted, but 100% supervision of a mobile toddler is next to impossible - those little ones can move surprisingly fast! - and thus it is vital that steps be taken to minimise drowning risks in any space where children play. Even a shallow pond can take the life of a young child. Many children have drowned in just a few centimetres of water

What causes these child deaths?

The group of kids at the greatest risk of drowning are those aged 1-2 years. Risk decreases with age and there are three main reasons for this: -

  • Between the ages of one and two a child's mobility increases at a fast, but irregular, rate. Around this age a child can evade supervision and find themselves in life-threatening situations astonishingly swiftly
  • Although mobility increases rapidly at this early age, a child's co-ordination and stability are still not fully developed: - i.e. they fall over quite often! An unsupervised child who is in the vicinity of a pond can stumble and fall into the water in a heartbeat. If no-one is there to pull them out the child can drown in a couple of minutes
  • Around the age of 4 - 5 kids begin to grasp the concept of 'danger' and pay attention to warnings given by parents and carers.  They are less likely to approach areas of danger and more prone to obeying their parents or guardians

Garden Safety Advice

The garden should be checked for all hazards regularly, but especially drowning hazards. Anything that holds rainwater should be emptied and inverted, or sealed-off to prevent kids gaining access

A young child associates a paddling pool with fun and will be drawn to it, empty or full. Always drain and invert paddling pools at the end of the play-day

Although garden ponds have great ecological and aesthetic benefits, parents of children aged under 6 years are advised to temporarily fill ponds. The area can be used as a sand-pit, 'kids flower patch' or something similar until vulnerable children have passed the greatest 'at risk' age

Supervision

In the majority of back garden or garden pond deaths, a breakdown in supervision was a contributing factor. Parents must be vigilant, and constantly watch young children, if they have a garden pond. The pond must be made inaccessible to any child who may momentarily escape parental supervision

Fencing

Fencing-off the pond is an obvious solution but fences can lead parents into a false sense of security. However, fences spoil the view of the pond and are not a popular choice with pond-owners

A pond fence, just like a pool fence, must be high enough and of such a design that it prevents access by young children and pets. Safety Organisations recommend a fence of vertical bars no more than 100mm (4") apart. The fence must be at least 1.2m in height. If there is an access gate it must be of a similar height and design to the fence and be kept locked at all times

(Gates fitted to Swimming Pool Safety Fences are fitted with extended latch mechanisms that are beyond the reach of young children.)

Pond Grilles

Purpose-made safety grilles can be used to form a safety barrier for a garden pond. Consider the following points when installing a safety barrier to your pond: -

The safety barrier must be firmly secured and regularly checked for signs of wear/tear or deterioration, it must be able to bear the weight of a child and still remain above the surface of the water at all times

It must be immune from corrosion to avoid poisoning the pond environment

The barrier should be kept in place until the child can recognise and understand the concept of danger

Pond Nets

Inexpensive, black polypropylenem Safety Nets, firmly fixed to anchor points around the edges of the pond, are the safest and most aesthetically pleasing solution to pond safety. Such nets are purpose-made to prevent child drowning and are very easy to install

One advantage of a net, when compared to a fence, is that it allows full visibility of the pond, plants and water features and yet the entire area is completely safe for kids and pets.   Pond plants grow up between the lines of mesh and the overall effect is to disguise the barrier to the point where the black netting material  becomes almost invisible. Pond nets also prevent herons and other birds from poaching the fish!

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We supply all plant and equipment featured on this website. All our work is Guaranteed; Parts and Labour

For free and unbiased advice, a site visit or no-obligation Quotation*, please make initial enquiries by email. Tell us a little about your pool problem and include a daytime phone number. Thanks, we look forward to meeting you soon

Note: - Please contact our recommended pool professionals for supply and installation of all pool-related services: - 

All of Spain and Portugal  -  poolsafetyspain.compoolsafetyspain.com - for all aspects of Pool Safety

Nerja area - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*We only offer Quotations: - a fixed, agreed price that cannot, and will not, be increased. We do not give 'estimates', as an estimate offers the client no guarantee of final price

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