What are the 5 Keys to Basic Pool Care?
Circulation – Pool water must be circulated for maximum sanitizer effectiveness. The more your water is in motion, the harder t 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.
Filtration – 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 (the removal of material trapped on or in the filter media) when the water pressure in the filter reaches 8 to 10 psi above normal. (Check manufacturer guidelines) Because backwashing does not remove oils and deeply embedded debris, every filter needs to be chemically cleaned regularly.
Cleaning – Some swimming pools have areas with little or no circulation. This is where alge 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.
Testing – 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 he water. Test your pool water two or three times pre week. Also, please bring a sample in for free testing every four to six weeks during the season. This will help maintain the proper water balance and greatly reduce potential problems.
Chemistry – Lastly applying the right products to your pool at the right time will help: provide a sanitary swimming environment, balance the water to protect the equipment and pool surfaces because unbalanced water can permanently damage both, and provide brilliant sparkling water that is safe and inviting.