Five-Minute Pool Hacks that will MAKE Your Summer

Maintaining a pool in peak season is a task that scares not just new pool owners but even the most seasoned pool pros. Thankfully, we’ve scoured our notes, support tickets, and pooled all of the collective knowledge of our pool pros to bring you a comprehensive list of pool hacks that will definitely make pool ownership easier in five minutes or less!

Improving Salt Water Chlorinator output

Salt water pool chlorinator acting up? Here are some quick fixes.

  • Don't rely on the "clean cell" light. Visually check your salt water chlorinator cell and clean it up to get maximum performance.
  • Ensure that your flow rates are adequate. Clogged filters and pool lines may cause low flow rates and can cause your chlorinator to not turn on.
  • Check your salt levels. The best way to make sure that you have the correct salt levels in your pool is to take a salt test strip and check it manually. Takes a minute to check, saves you hours of headaches!

Don't have a salt water chlorinator? We invite you to check out the Water TechniX WTA15 Salt and Magnesium Chlorinator! It's currently our best bang-for-your-buck chlorinator model and is the perfect capacity for most Australian home pools!

Click the button below to browse Mr Pool Man's online pool shop for the best salt and mineral chlorinators in Australia!

Monitoring Pool Chemical Levels in Under 5 Mins

Testing Water can sometimes be chore with complicated test kits, that all ends now with the testing kits from Water TechniX! Simple to use and with results available in under five minutes, monitoring you chemical levels has never been easier!

Keeping water levels in check

As a rule of thumb you should always keep your pool water level between one-third all the way to half the level of the entry of your skimmer box. This allows debris to be caught in the skimmers easily and keeps your pump from running dry when water levels drop.

Installing a Water TechniX Water Levelling Device can take this task that involves monitoring, turning on the water, waiting for it to fill and turning the water off again, into something that takes less than five minutes to install.

Finding Air Leaks

Air leaks are extremely annoying and difficult to locate, simply because, well, it's air. A quick five-minute hack to easily find leaks is to fill a spray bottle with water, a few drops of diswashing liquid and you're set! Spray the solution all around your suspected air leak (or on all of your pipes just to be sure) and if you see bubbles actively forming then you've found your air leak! Diswashing liquid forms a thin film on surfaces and even the smallest leak will make bubbles! Soap CAN work, but you'd need a lot of it.

Keep the debris out of your pool

Getting leaves and other debris out of the pool can be a cumbersome task if you don’t have the right equipment. But that can easily be resolved by getting the same kind of equipment that pool professionals use! The Water TechniX PRO cleaning equipment is agile, sturdy, and can help you get your pool cleaning tasks done in no time at all. In fact, if you regularly keep to your pool cleaning tasks, it should take less than five minutes per session!

Getting oils and scum out

Do you have a scum and oil problem in your pool? They're practically impossible to manually remove without the use of some specialized enzymes. Although, if you have some old tennis balls that are no longer servicable, simply chuck them into the pool. The felt surface of the tennis balls are the perfect material to soak in oils and scum without the use of any added chemicals! Don't have any tennis balls? A Life Spa Disc can do the job and it's not a dog-magnet!

Keeping your filters clean

You can use a pantyhose and turn your skimmer baskets into a super filter and trap debris before they reach your pumps and filters!

Don't want to get in trouble with the wife? Grab a pack of skimmer socks, specially designed for pools and way cheaper than a good pair of stockings.

Rescuing a Gunked-up Filter Element

Give them a good soaking in some Water TechniX Filter Cleaning solution, leave them overnight, and the next day give them a quick hose down and watch as the gunk melt away like magic! Yes, it does take more than 24 hours to soak it, but your total active time will be less than 5 minutes so this still counts!  

Filter Elements beyond rescue? The Water TechniX filter elements cost a fraction of their branded counterparts but they last just as long (or even longer!) since they're made with 100% REEMAY filter elements!

A fun five minute hack

Take a light cooler or container then zip tie a couple of pool noodles around the exterior. Fill up the cooler with ice and your favorite drink and you have your own floating mini-bar! Perfect for those hot summer days where you just want to laze around the pool and enjoy a drink while swimming!

You could also get a floating spa bar if you don't want to go through all that. Available at the Mr Pool Man online pool shop today!

Shocking in No Time At all

Need to shock your pool and swim immediately? With the Water TechniX Oxi Shock, you can swim in the pool in as little as 15 minutes after application. The Oxi shock oxidises combined chlorine levels in your pool to get rid of that "chlorine smell" while raising the effectivity of the existing free chlorine in the pool.  

Quickly Prevent and Get Rid of Pool Algae

Kick off the summer season with the Water TechniX Green Pool Bundle and you won't have to worry about algae! No more measuing or complicated measurements, simply follow the instructions on the label and the Water TechniX Tri-Shock will do the rest! It also comes with a crystal clarifying cube to catch all those pesky organic bits that have been killed off by the tri-shock, leaving you with crystal clear water!


Real life hacks are the ones that have an actual impact on your life, and not just ones that look good on those Youtube and Facebook videos! We hope that these five-minute hacks have been helpful! For more information and other helpful pool articles, we encourage you to check out Mr Pool Man’s Blog Section here.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Head on down to our contact page and drop our friendly pool pros a line and they’ll be more than happy to answer any question that you may have on pool maintenance!

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Happy swimming :)

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