Basic Pool Water Care
Basic Pool Water Care Advice
- - Your Pool Filter should run at least 8 to 10 hours per day (24 hours per day is best).
- - Set your pool timer or remember to run the pool manually if you don't have a timer.
- - If you are not running your pool 24 hours per day, it is best to have it running during the daylight hours to ensure the proper sanitization of your water.
- - Keep skimmer baskets free of debris. This will improve circulation and water filtration.
- - Talk with our specialists to determine the best mechanism for deploying chlorine/bromine into your pool.
- - Be sure to maintain proper sanitizer levels to keep your water clear and clean.
Weekly Pool Maintenance
- - Backwash filter if necessary – ‘Bump’ your DE filter.
- - Test water for Chlorine, pH and Alkalinity.
- - Adjust pH and Alkalinity as needed. Adjust Alkalinity first then pH second.
- - Add sanitizer if necessary.
- - Vacuum pool floor and walls if needed.
- - Check and adjust water level as needed. Water should be half way up the skimmers.
- - Basic Water Chemistry Terms
Chlorine - Is acting as the main sanitizer to kill algae and bacteria in the pool water. The level should be between 2.0 and 3.0 on your test kit. During hot weather, high readings are better.
Bromine - Can act as the main sanitizer to kill algae and bacteria in the pool/spa water. The level should be between 2.0 and 3.0 on your test kit. During hot weather, high readings are better.
pH – Is the level of how acidic the pool water is. You must maintain a good pH level or your chlorine will not work effectively. The level should be between 7.2 and 7.6.
Alkalinity - Is a pH stabilizer. It helps to keep the pH within the proper levels so that the chlorine can work effectively. It reduces pH “bounce”. The level should be between 100 - 150.
Stabilizer - Also known as Cyanuric Acid, this chemical forms a protective bond around the chlorine, making it more resistant to being burned off by the sun. Makes chlorine tablets last longer. Stabilizer levels should be checked and adjusted each season. Also, pools should be stabilized whenever a large amount of fresh water has been added. The level should be 35 ppm and is adjusted by adding Stabilizer / Conditioner (Cyanuric Acid). Be careful not to over-stabilize your water.
Remember - Good water chemistry can only be achieved when all four of these chemical levels are kept constant. Good Alkalinity helps keep the pH in the right range so that the chlorine can do its job properly. Stabilizer keeps more of the chlorine in the water instead of being wasted!