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A BETTER LIFE
For over 100 years we have been motivated by innovation...
and innovation has inspired our greatest successes. Every day
we strive to supply the highest quality products... and constantly
seek to develop INNOVATIVE products.
Innovation, is what we create every day... for everyone...
for a better life: Because the pool is a source of PLEASURE and JOY...
a place to REUNITE FAMILIES... which CREATES RELATIONSHIPS
and memories... a place where time stands still. That’s the magic of a pool!
At Zodiac®, we manufacture more than just pool equipment... we create
A BETTER LIFE.
Zodiac South Africa strives to offer world-class excellence in both
products and service. Complemented by a team of dedicated staff
throughout the country, we guarantee premium after sales services.
Should you require assistance on your Zodiac product, need to locate
a dealer near you or just wish to find out more information, call our
Customer Care Helpline on 0860 ZODIAC (0860 963 422) or go to
www.zodiac.co.za.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION BEFORE
INSTALLATION. ALWAYS READ THE OWNER’S MANUAL
BEFORE USING THIS PRODUCT.
PLEASE SEND US YOUR WARRANTY CARD TO ENSURE
YOUR WARRANTY IS REGISTERED AND RETAIN YOUR
PROOF OF PURCHASE IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT OF
FUTURE WARRANTY CLAIMS.
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INDEX
INTRODUCTION
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SECTION 1 – INSTALLATION
Preparing your Pool
Assembling the Hoses
Assembling the Hose Protector
Adjustable Deflector Wheel
Connect the Cleaner
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SECTION 2 – CORRECT SETTINGS
Correct Balancing
Pool Coverage
Auto Weir Valve
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SECTION 3 – CARE AND MAINTENANCE
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SECTION 4 – PARTS IDENTIFICATION
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SECTION 5 – TROUBLESHOOTING
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SECTION 6 – OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES
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SECTION 7 – THE PERFECT PARTNER FOR YOUR
G5™
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SECTION 8 – GETTING TO KNOW YOU BETTER
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SECTION 9 – AT YOUR SERVICE
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION
WARNING
RISK OF SUCTION HAZARD, WHICH IF NOT AVOIDED, CAN
RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
READ THIS MANUAL IN ITS ENTIRETY BEFORE INSTALLING AND
OPERATING THE CLEANER.
Do not block the suction fittings in the pool, the suction opening on the
cleaner or the cleaner hoses with any part of your body. Do not expose
your hair, loose clothing, jewellery, etc. to any suction outlet fittings in the
pool/spa or on the cleaner.
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Clean the weir basket, pump basket and pool filter before installing
the cleaner and on a regular basis thereafter.
Always disconnect the cleaner from the weir before cleaning or
backwashing the pool filter. After cleaning or backwashing, let the
filtration system run for at least five (5) minutes before re-connecting
the cleaner.
Remove the cleaner from the pool before chemical or shock
treatments. Wait a minimum of four (4) hours after super
chlorination before re-installing the cleaner.
Read owner’s manual completely before operating the cleaner.
Do not operate outside of the pool.
Do not let children play with cleaner.
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INTRODUCTION
Dear Customer,
Thank you for purchasing a G5™. It is through customers such as you
that our position as worldwide market leader in pool care remains
unchallenged. At Zodiac®, we are constantly striving to bring the latest
innovation and technology to your pool via our range of products. The
G5™ is the latest in this long line of pool care solutions.
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Its innovative Duralife Diaphragm System sucks up dirt, debris, bugs, leaves and even pebbles.
• Your G5™ has a Patented Duo Disc that optimises the
collection of all dirt, debris and leaves in your pool.
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Your G5™ will quickly and quietly clean an average pool.
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In the event of requiring under-warranty repairs, please take your
G5™ to your closest pool shop, or phone our Customer Care
Helpline on 0860 ZODIAC (0860 963 422) and we will direct you
to your nearest Zodiac repair centre.
THE CONTENTS IN YOUR G5™ BOX ARE AS FOLLOWS:
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One G5™ Pool Cleaner
6 x 1.2m of Long-Life Twist Lock Hose
One Adjustable Deflector Wheel
One C-Clip Hose Weight
One Quick Connector
One Auto Weir Valve with 90˚ Elbow
One Hose Protector
One Warranty Card
One Quick Start Guide
This Pool Cleaner has one registered patent: 2009/07320 with additional patents
pending. G5™ is a Trade Mark of Zodiac Pool Care South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
Specifications and equipment are subject to change without prior notice.
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While the G5™ is designed for easy installation, some preliminary steps
will assist the installation process.
Where possible, assembly should take place as close to the weir
as possible.
PREPARING YOUR POOL AND FILTRATION SYSTEM
1) Empty the weir basket.
2) Clean the pump basket.
3) Backwash and rinse the filter until the sight glass is clear.
4) Adjust all return jets (whether your pool has one, two or more) to
point downwards and towards the centre of the pool so that you DO
NOT see a circular water flow or ripples on the surface of your pool.
5) Ensure your water chemistry is correct. See below for more on this:
Total Alkalinity
Calcium
(ppm)
Hardness (ppm)
Cyanuric Acid
(ppm)
Free Chlorine
pH
South African
Standard
1 – 3 ppm
7.0 – 7.6
80 – 120
90 – 300
30 – 50
Ideal
Reading/Range
1 – 3 ppm
7.2
80 – 120
150 – 175
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* When using chemicals, always follow manufacturers’ directions and follow the advice of
your pool professional. Always use protective clothing, gloves and glasses. Store and use
chemicals out of the reach of children.
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SECTION 1 – INSTALLATION
ASSEMBLING THE HOSES
With your swimming pool preparation complete, you are ready to begin
installation.
WARNING: To avoid severe injury, make sure to turn off the
pool pump prior to completing these steps.
Your Quick Connector should already be connected to the cleaner head
when received in the packaging. Remove this part from your cleaner and
begin the following steps.
1 . Connect the first length of hose to
the Quick Connector and twist
until it locks into place.
2 . Push the Quick Connector with
hose onto the head of the
cleaner until you hear a click.
Step 1
Step 2
3. Insert your cleaner and first length of
hose into your pool. Insert the male cuff
into the female cuff and twist until
the two lock together. The hoses must
connect fairly tightly and setting 1 or 2
is recommended on the ratchet system.
Continue attaching hose lengths until
you reach the required length of your
pool, submerging each hose length as
you go. Use enough hose sections to
reach the farthest point of the pool,
and then add another section as shown
in the diagram. The hose is now ready to
be attached to the fittings in the weir.
Note: Ensure only genuine Zodiac® Twist Lock
Hoses are used for optimum performance.
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Weir
Weir
SECTION 1 – INSTALLATION
ASSEMBLING THE HOSE PROTECTOR
1. Place the hose into one half of the Hose Protector.
2. Place the other half of the Hose Protector over the hose ensuring
that the male clips line up with the female clips.
3. Apply pressure to both halves of the Hose Protector until both pieces
clip into place.
POSITIONING THE HOSE PROTECTOR
The ideal position to fit the Hose Protector is directly after the hose cuff.
To Automatic
Pool Cleaner
(APC)
Male Hose Cuff
Note: If the hose is connected directly to the Automatic Weir Valve (not
advised), position the Hose Protector approximately 10cm from the hose
cuff.
IMPORTANT: Please note that the Hose Protector must be fitted to
the section of the hose connected to the 90º Elbow or Automatic Weir
Valve (i.e. furthest away from the APC).
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SECTION 1 – INSTALLATION
ADJUSTABLE DEFLECTOR WHEEL
The Adjustable Deflector Wheel can be used
to help direct the G5™ away from steps and
other obstacles in the pool. If you find your
unit is getting stuck, try using the Adjustable
Deflector Wheel which is included in the box.
To add this, disconnect the first hose length
from the cleaner head. Slide the Deflector
Wheel over the first hose length and clip the
wheel onto the hose. Make sure the Adjustable Deflector Wheel is in
the right position on the hose to deflect the cleaner head away from the
difficult areas. It may take you some time to determine where the best
position for your Deflector Wheel will be. For larger steps, the Deflector
Wheel should be further away from the cleaner head, and closer to the
cleaner head for smaller steps.
CONNECT THE CLEANER
Push the Hose Quick Connector with hose onto the head of the cleaner
until the two parts lock together. You can do this above or in the water.
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SECTION 2 – CORRECT SETTINGS
CORRECT BALANCING
The G5™ cycles on/off with the pool filtration pump vacuuming and
cleaning surfaces randomly throughout the pool. The coverage of the
cleaner is dependent on the pool’s shape and available water flow.
The main purpose of your Hose Weight is to adjust your cleaner’s
balance, which is vital for its performance.
A properly balanced hose will create a 45º angle to the cleaner and the
bottom of the pool. Make sure your disk is flat in the deepest part of the
pool for correct balance.
Incorrect
(Move hose weight on first hose
closer to machine head)
Correct Balance
(Hose weight in
correct position)
Incorrect
(Move hose weight on first hose
away from machine head)
POOL COVERAGE
While the return line water flow should not affect the natural movement
of the hose, there are occasions where it can be beneficial.
Return line pressure can be used to balance cleaning coverage, and guide
the cleaner away from steps and corners.
A return line located anywhere along the shaded area, can gently push
the hose – allowing the unit to free itself from any in-pool obstacles.
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SECTION 2 – CORRECT SETTINGS
AUTO WEIR VALVE
The Zodiac Auto Weir Valve is preset at the factory to obtain maximum
pool cleaning efficiency. Your G5™ is preset on setting 2. However, if you
do experience difficulties, it can be manually adjusted to one of the three
settings – high, medium or low (see Adjustment Settings below).
NOTE: To obtain maximun
Diaphragm efficiency, please
ensure a genuine Zodiac
Auto Weir Valve is used.
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ADJUSTMENT SETTINGS
You will only need to adjust the Auto Weir Valve if the following occurs:
Your G5™ is performing too Reduce Auto Weir Valve to
fast and/or climbing above
medium or low settings.
the level of water.
Your G5™ is performing
slowly and/or not climbing
the pool walls.
Reduce Auto Weir Valve to
medium or low settings.
TURNING YOUR G5TM
OFF IS MADE
EASY WITH
THE AUTO
WEIR VALVE
You no longer need
to remove the
Zodiac® Auto Weir
Valve from the weir.
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SECTION 3 – CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Sunlight, water and pool chemicals create a harsh environment. With
care and regular maintenance, your G5™ will remain in the best possible
condition.
To properly care for your unit:
1. Remove the G5™ from the pool
before shock treatment and reinstall
at least four hours later.
2. The weir basket, pump basket,
cartridge, or sand filter (whichever
is applicable) should be thoroughly
cleaned on a regular basis to ensure
optimum pool cleaner efficiency.
3. Before backwashing your filter,
always disconnect the hose from
the weir.
4. Never “coil” the hose – always
store the hose straight.
Note: Your pool cleaner will
discolour over time, but this will not
change the performance of the unit.
5. Large foreign objects, such as toys
and branches should be removed
manually from the pool cleaner.
correct
incorrect
Zodiac® recommends the following water chemistry readings for optimal
performance of any pool equipment:
Total Alkalinity
Calcium
(ppm)
Hardness (ppm)
Cyanuric Acid
(ppm)
Free Chlorine
pH
South African
Standard
1 – 3 ppm
7.0 – 7.6
80 – 120
90 – 300
30 – 50
Ideal
Reading/Range
1 – 3 ppm
7.2
80 – 120
150 – 175
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* When using chemicals, always follow manufacturer’s directions and follow the advice of
your pool professional. Always use protective clothing, gloves and glasses. Store and use
chemicals out of the reach of children.
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SECTION 3 – CARE AND MAINTENANCE
WARNING: To avoid severe injury, make sure to turn off the pool
pump prior to completing these steps.
CLEARING LARGE DEBRIS FROM THE DIAPHRAGM:
If the cleaner stops, remove it from the
water, and then check the Diaphragm
for blockages.
1. Turn cleaner over (see Figure 1).
2. Inspect Diaphragm for blockages. If
you find debris or obstacles, remove
carefully or access the Diaphragm. If
not blocked, check the Diaphragm
for wear or damage.
Figure 1
TO ACCESS OR REMOVE THE DIAPHRAGM:
1. Unthread the Handnut by turning
it anti-clockwise
(see Figure 2).
2. Set the Handnut aside. Remove
Engine Assembly and Upper
Thrust Washer from the body
(see Figure 3).
Figure 2
Handnut
3. Set aside the Upper Thrust
Washer.
Note: Please note how the
Thrust Washer is fitted as it
needs to be replaced in the same
way.
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Outer Extension Pipe
Figure 3
SECTION 3 – CARE AND MAINTENANCE
4. Unthread the Outer Extension
Pipe from the Cup Assembly and
separate Outer Extension Pipe
from Inner Extension Pipe.
(see Figure 4).
Figure 4
Outer Extension Pipe
5. Use a breaking action to separate
the Inner Extension Pipe
from the Cup Assembly. Once
separation is achieved, push the
Diaphragm through the Cup
Assembly (see Figure 5).
6. Inspect the Diaphragm for wear
and rinse it thoroughly with
water. Replace it if necessary.
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Cup Assembly
Figure 5
SECTION 3 – CARE AND MAINTENANCE
TO REINSTALL DIAPHRAGM:
Notch
Tab
1. Attach Diaphragm to Inner
Extension pipe.
2. Insert Inner Extension Pipe and
Diaphragm into Cup Assembly.
Align Diaphragm tabs with
notches­and pull straight through
(do not twist) until the edge of
the Diaphragm is visible
(see Figures 6 and 7).
3. Thread on the Outer Extension
Pipe and slide the Thrust Washer
over the Outer Extension Pipe
(see Figure 8).
Figure 6
Cup Assembly
Edge of
Diaphragm
Ensure the Diaphragm is
flush with Cup Assembly
Figure 7
Handnut
Upper Thrust Washer
Outer Extension Pipe
4. Remember to replace the Thrust
Washer in the same way you
removed it. The thicker edge
must slide on first. This step is
extremely important to ensure
the Engine Assembly swivels
freely.
Figure 8
5. Insert the engine into the body and
thread the Handnut down until tight
(see Figure 9).
6. Make sure the Extension Pipe swivels
freely by spinning it (see Figure 10).
Figure 9
Figure 10
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SECTION 3 – CARE AND MAINTENANCE
RESETTING THE DIAPHRAGM:
After several years of use you may find that
the Diaphragm is stretched, and the cleaner
will work very slowly or not at all. This doesn’t
mean you need to necessarily purchase a new
Diaphragm, as by resetting the Diaphragm you
can prolong the life of your Diaphragm.
In order to do this, follow these steps:
Please note: If the Diaphragm is torn,
a new Diaphragm needs to be purchased.
Stretched Diaphragm
Outer Cup
2. Unthread the Outer Extension Pipe
from the Cup Assembly.
Outer Cup
Inner Cup
Figure 12
Outer Cup
Inner Cup
2
1
4. Wiggle and pull inner cup slightly out
until a new line appears with number 1
on it (see Figure 12).
Figure 11
2
1
3. On the inner cup of the Cup Assembly
you will see a number 2. The arrow on
the outer cup will point to this. Grip
both outer cup and inner cup tightly and
turn inner cup anti-clockwise to unlock
(see Figure 11).
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1. Follow steps 1 – 3 on page 13 on how
to access or remove the Diaphragm in
order to remove the Engine Assembly
from your pool cleaner.
Inner Cup
Figure 13
5. Turn inner cup clockwise until it locks.
Only when you hear a click is the
setting now locked on 1(see Figure 13).
Check Diaphragm gap has closed and
reassemble Engine Assembly as done
before.
Reset Diaphragm
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SECTION 4 – PARTS IDENTIFICATION
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NOTE: To obtain maximun
Diaphragm efficiency, please
ensure a genuine Zodiac
Auto Weir Valve is used.
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Description
Engine Assembly Complete
Handnut
Thrust Washer
Cap
Float
Cover
Outer Extension Pipe
Cup Assembly
Inner Extension Pipe Tube
Duralife Diaphragm
Body Bottom
Skid Plate
Front Disc
Rear Disc
Foot Pads
Auto Weir Valve
Quick Connector
Twist Lock Hose (1.2m)
90 Degree Elbow
Hose Weight
Adjustable Deflector Wheel
Qty
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SECTION 5 – TROUBLESHOOTING
PROBLEM
Your G5™ works
slowly, runs then stops,
or not at all.
CHECKS
SOLUTIONS
Is the filter clean?
Backwash and rinse the filter
thoroughly.
Are the baskets clean?
Remove baskets and clean
thoroughly (baskets must be
in good condition).
Is the vacuum lid sitting flush
in the weir?
Remove and reinstall.
Is the vacuum lid damaged?
Replace vacuum lid.
Are the Auto Weir Valve and Make sure that the connections
the hose secure?
are sealed.
Your G5™ is working
slowly and air bubbles
are noticeable at the
return jet.
Is the Diaphragm
operational?
Ensure the Diaphragm is not
twisted or broken.
Is the Diaphragm installed
correctly?
Make sure the edge of the
Diaphragm is pulled through
the inside cup properly.
Is the flow too low?
Check for:
1) Broken hose section.
2) Debris stuck in hose.
3) A suction leak – leak in the
system.
4) Plumbing valves not set
correctly to give the cleaner
enough flow.
Is there a suction leak in the
system?
Possible problem areas:
1) Possible leak at pump lid.
2) Check the pump lid O-ring.
3) Possible leak in the hose.
4) Suction leak between weir
and pump piping.
Is the Auto Weir Valve below Check level of water.
the water level?
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SECTION 5 – TROUBLESHOOTING
PROBLEM
Your G5™ coverage
is poor. For example,
the cleaner does not
reach parts of the
pool and leaves large
uncleaned patches.
Or the cleaner moves
in the same pattern,
such as in the figure 8.
Your G5™ falls on its
side.
CHECKS
SOLUTIONS
Is the hose affected by the
return flow?
Adjust the return outlet
towards the bottom of the
pool to make sure the jet of
water does not influence the
direction of the hose.
Are the hoses long enough?
Add more sections of hose.
Hose weight location?
Move the hose weight 15cm
toward or away from the
cleaner head to change the
balance. If this doesn’t work,
rather remove the hose weight.
Remember a hose weight is
usually only necessary in pools
which are 2m or more deep.
Is the float damaged?
Return to your nearest pool
store for checking.
Is the Engine Assembly
swivelling freely?
Check the Diaphragm is flush
with the motor housing.
Remove Engine Assembly from
main body and rinse both body
and engine assembly with water
to flush out debris.
For additional assistance, contact our Customer Care Helpline on
0860 ZODIAC (0860 963 422)
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SECTION 6 – OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES
1. WEIR ADAPTOR
Fits suction inlets from
40 to 60mm
2. WEIR COMBINATIONS
Auto Weir Valve and Weir Elbows illustrating
some of the different combinations that can
be used.
3. AIM FLOW DIVERTOR
To allow pool cleaner to clean
close to return flow.
5. CYCLONIC LEAF CATCHERTM
An in-line filter which collects all the leaves, seeds,
twigs and grit before they reach the weir, using
an innovative vortex technology. Connects in-line
with the hoses (suitable for Twist Lock and
standard pool hose).
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SECTION 7 – THE PERFECT PARTNER FOR YOUR G5™
A Salt Chlorinator from Zodiac ®
Installing a Zodiac Salt Chlorinator is the effortless way to having a crystal
clear pool, all the time.
Zodiac Salt Chlorinators offer both convenience and peace of mind.
Innovative technology means that you are assured of quality and product
excellence. Zodiac®, is by, far the most widely chosen brand of Salt
Chlorinator available in South Africa today.
Your purchase will ensure that you get the best of both worlds. Firstly,
you will enjoy the convenience of a fully automatic product, which allows
you to spend time relaxing at the poolside – perfect for a modern-day
lifestyle. You will also experience the fantastic soft feeling that only a salt
chlorinated pool can offer.
No more red eyes or itchy skin, just smiles all the way!
A PowerFirst Premium Heat Pump from Zodiac ®
Extend your swimming season and get even more pleasure from your
pool by installing a PowerFirst Premium Heat Pump.
This market-leading range of heat pumps from Zodiac utilises only the
best components and materials, ensuring you total peace of mind and
enjoyment of your pool.
PowerFirst Premium is not only the most energy efficient range of heat
pumps available today, but also the most environmentally friendly.
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SECTION 8 – GETTING TO KNOW YOU BETTER
At Zodiac®, we strive to give our consumers superior quality products, as
well as service excellence. To help us improve, please spare a moment of
your time and let us understand your needs a little better. Once you have
filled in the following survey, please fax a copy to (011) 314 3486.
Title ..................................................................................................................................
Name & Surname ..........................................................................................................
Email Address .................................................................................................................
Are you male or female? .............................................................................................
Date of birth ..................................................................................................................
How long have you owned your current pool? .....................................................
Do you own any other Zodiac® products? .............................................................
If so, which ones? ...........................................................................................................
Which of our products would you like to own? ....................................................
Describe how you feel about owning a pool (love it / hate it)? .........................
Why did you choose to purchase a Zodiac® product? .........................................
Why did you choose to purchase your G5™? ......................................................
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Have you ever called our Call Centre? ....................................................................
If so, please rate it on a scale of 1 - 5
1.
Extremely poor
4.
Good
2.
Poor
5.
Extremely good
3.
Acceptable
Would you like to register for Aquasense, our monthly communication
filled with information, tips and trends on pool care? (If yes, state here and
fill in your email address above) ................................................................................
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SECTION 9 – AT YOUR SERVICE
If you are having a problem you cannot solve, mail or fax us the following
information, along with a sketch of your pool shape, indicating the location
of all weirs, inlets, stairs, ladders, waterfalls or any other significant features,
and briefly describe the problem in the space below.
(Send a photocopy and retain this page for future use.)
Mail to: Zodiac® Pool Care SA, Private Bag X127, Halfway House, 1685
Fax to: (011) 314 3486
Name ........................................................ Tel No. ................................................
Postal Address ...............................................................................Code..............
Serial Number ........................................................................................................
Purchased from ................................................ Date of Purchase...../....../.......
Pool Surface (Tick one): Plaster
Vinyl
Fibreglass
Other
If other, please stipulate .......................................................................................
Pool Size (Litres)................................................ Pump Size ...............................
Type of Filter (Tick one): Sand
D.E. Cartridge
Filter Size (or Model No.)....................................................................................
My pool looks like this:
Briefly describe the problem ......................................................................................
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Customer Care Helpline: 0860 ZODIAC (0860 963 422)
www.zodiac.co.za
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ZODIAC POOL CARE SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD
Private Bag X127
Halfway House
1685
Customer Care Helpline
0860 ZODIAC (0860 963 422)
www.zodiac.co.za
WARNING: In terms of Section 2 of the Import and Export Control Act of 1989 (Act 45 of 1983), it is
illegal to export Automatic Pool Cleaners and parts thereof. Section 4 of the Act provides that anyone
convicted of exporting Automatic Pool Cleaners and parts thereof may be sentenced to a 10 (ten) year
term of imprisonment and a fine of R40 000 (forty thousand Rand).
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