5 Keys to Basic Pool Care
The 5 essentials of pool maintenance described here will give you a basic understanding of how your pool functions.
For a carefree swimming season, learn about the 5 keys and visit Waterworks any time you need assistance or expert advice.
Pool care can be simple when you have a plan for routine maintenance and use the right products.
KEEP IN MIND ...
Each pool maintenance key is very important. Consider each key as a simple, preventive
Pool water must be circulated for maximum sanitizer effectiveness. The more your water is in motion, the harder it is for
bacteria and algae to take hold. Debris is captured by your filter, too. The best time to circulate the water is during the
day, for 10 hours or more.
The filter is one of your most important
pieces of equipment. It removes both visible debris and most microscopic matter. Generally, a filter should be backwashed
or cleaned (the removal of material trapped on or in the filter media) when the water pressure in the filter reaches 8 to
10 pounds above normal on sand or D.E 5 to 8 pounds above normal on cartridge filters. (Check manufacturer's guidelines.)
Because backwashing and hosing down on cartridges does not remove oils and deeply embedded debris, every filter needs to be
chemically cleaned regularly. Your pool pro at Water Works can help you establish a filter maintenance program.
Some swimming pools have areas with little
or no circulation. This is where algae and bacteria can begin to grow. At least once a week, the walls and floor should be
brushed and vacuumed to remove debris that the filter misses. Brushing is a must, even if you use an automatic pool cleaner
or retain a weekly service.
Every pool has characteristics that must be
regularly measured and adjusted. Most important are the pH and the level of active sanitizer. By testing these two factors
at regular intervals, you'll understand how bather load, weather and product application affect the water. Test your pool
water two or three times per week. Also, bring a sample to Water Works your authorized BioGuard Dealer when you open and close
your pool, and every two to four weeks during the season. This will help you maintain proper water balance and greatly reduce
the potential for problems.
The last step in a total pool maintenance program is applying the right products to your pool water at the right time. This
will help you:
- Provide a sanitary swimming environment.
- Balance the water to protect the equipment and pool surfaces. Unbalanced water can permanently
- Provide brilliant, sparkling water that's inviting.
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