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Opening your pool
Opening your pool
Doing it the right
way can mean the difference between a summer of fun and a summer of headaches! Follow these important (and easy) steps to
ensure a smooth, carefree pool opening in the spring. And remember, Water Works your local BioGuard® Dealer is always
ready to assist with information tailored to your specific pool care needs.
Remove pool cover (skip this step for new pools)
off any and ALL accumulated water on the cover away from your pool. Once removed, clean with BioGuard Stow-A-Way® to prevent
sticking and odors. Store in a dry place, free of debris and protected from the sun and weather.
2. Re- Install your filter system and Fill your pool
Your pool should be filled to the middle of the skimmer opening to allow for proper circulation.
3. Check your pump, skimmer basket & filter
4. Get your water
Be sure to circulate pool water 24 to 48 hours
before taking a water sample. Using a clean plastic container, scoop about one quart of water from elbow-depth. Seal the container
and take it to Water Works your authorized BioGuard Dealer for testing and analysis.
BioGuard pioneered the idea
of computerized water analysis. Over the past 25 years, they have used their resources to research, develop and refine the
science of water analysis. Today, our computerized water analysis system provides accurate results almost instantly. You will
receive personalized instructions for starting the pool and keeping the pool maintained. Help keep your water perfectly balanced
by bringing in a water sample at least once every week during the pool season.
Test sanitizer & pH levels
You can test sanitizer and pH
levels yourself by using a Test Kit or Test Strips to check free chlorine, total bromine residuals and pH levels and Total
Alkalinity. Use the following chart to determine proper levels.
Free chlorine residual 1.0 to 3.0 ppm Total Bromine residual 1.0 to 3.0 ppm pH 7.4 to 7.6 is ideal
range (7.2 -7.6 is acceptable) Total Alkalinity 125 to 150 ppm Calcium Hardness: Plaster pools 200 to 275
ppm All other types 175 to 225 ppm
Bioguards 5 Keys to routine Swimming Pool Maintenance
Routine maintenance is the best way
to maintain your pool. And with one of BioGuard's easy-to- use 3-step pool care programs, it's as easy as 1-2-3! We even have
a non-chlorine system-our SoftSwim® Program-if you prefer pool care that doesn't use chlorine to sanitize!
cleaning your pool on a weekly basis during the swimming season will ensure clean and safe swimming water.
Skim Off Leaves and Debris
Use a long-handled leaf skimmer to gather up leaves,
insects, and any other debris floating on the surface of the pool. Try to remove debris before it sinks to the bottom of your
pool where it becomes difficult to remove and may create stains.
Use a brush to remove dirt that has collected on the sides and bottom of your pool.
Brush sediment toward the main drain so it can be easily vacuumed.
Submerge your vacuum head and hose, before hooking
up the vacuum to the filter.
You should also clean out your skimmer(s) weekly or more often if necessary. Removing
debris allows the skimmer to operate at maximum efficiency.
Check Water Circulation
Your pool's circulation system includes the skimmer, pump, pump strainer, drains,
and filter. The system helps chemicals work effectively and ensures that water is properly filtered. Run your pump long enough
each day to make sure the water is properly filtered and keep each item clean and in good condition.
The three most popular
types of filters - sand, cartridge, and vertical grid DE - screen out debris and particles from your pool water. You should
clean and maintain your filter according to the manufacturer's directions.
Test your pool water frequently (daily or weekly depending on use) and add chemicals
if necessary, following manufacturers' directions. A regular shock treatment cleanses the water of algae, bacteria, dirt,
and any other organic matter that may have entered the pool. Follow manufacturer's directions for shock treatments.
While on vacation, debris and
bacteria can collect in your pool and upset the water balance. Consider a "vacation plan" to prevent problems so
you can come home to a clear pool and not a messy surprise.
Contact Water Works for a vacation maintenance plan.
(Your Water works Rep can give you instructions based on your specific BioGuard Program.) Clean your pool thoroughly,
brushing and vacuuming walls and floors. Test pool water and make sure it's properly balanced. Anything that's out of
balance-total alkalinity, pH, calcium hardness-will likely get worse when left unattended. Run your pump at least eight
hours a day to help prevent algae and bacteria growth. (Either set your timer or ask a neighbor to turn it on and off.) Upon returning, have your Water Works Rep perform a water analysis to ensure that your pool is properly balanced and ready