Pool Maintenance: The Basics
BASIC WEEKLY POOL MAINTENANCE
ONCE A WEEK:
1: Vacuum the floor and brush walls of the pool.
2: Empty skimmer baskets, pump baskets, and clean tile.
3: Clean cartridge if needed, backwash sand filter to remove dirt and particulate from the filtration system.
4: Shock the pool with 1lb (or 1 bag) of pool shock per 10,000 gallons of water in the pool for chlorine pools. Additional shock may be needed after heavy bather load, rainfall or really hot days. Salt pools will need to use the superchlorinate setting or boost setting on their salt system.
5: Add Maintenance dose of Algecide to pool. Typically 2 oz per 10,000 gallons. Follow manufacturer recommendations on bottle.
6: Add Maintenance dose of Natural Chemistry Metal Free. This product help prevent scale and staining to the interior of your pool.
TWICE A WEEK:
1: Use test strips or test kit to test and maintain your pH (7.2-7.6)
2: Test and maintain free chlorine levels at 1-3 ppm
3: For salt water, use test strip to maintain a 2800-340 ppm level
Take a water sample to a local pool water testing facility for a complete analysis of you pool water. Mid season is when conditioner (cyanuric acid) levels begin to fall from water loss. As this level falls your chlorine dissipates from the pool quickly, leading to the common mid season algae bloom.
The key with successful Pool Maintenance is to establish a routine and stick to it. Perform your routine Pool Maintenance the same day each week all season long. Skipping a few days here and there can add up to a green pool quickly. Also remember that just because your pool water is clear, doesn’t mean the water is balanced. Test your water religiously to keep your pool interior and pool equipment looking good and prevent pricey repairs.
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