5 Keys to Basic Pool Care
Pool water must be circulated for maximum sanitizer effectiveness. The more water is in motion, the harder it is for bacteria and algae to take hold. Debris is captured by filters too. The best time to circulate the water is during the day, for 10 hours or more.
The filter removes 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 pounds above normal. (Check manufacturer's guidelines.) Because backwashing does not remove oils and deeply embedded debris, every filter needs to be chemically cleaned regularly. We 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 grow. The walls and floor should be brushed and vacuumed at least once a week to remove debris that the filter misses. Brushing is a must, even if you use an automatic pool cleaner or retain a weekly service.
Pool chemistry must be measured and adjusted regularly. Most important is the pH level and the level of active sanitizer, which needs to be tested two or three times per week. Take a sample to your BioGuard Dealer when you open or close the pool, and every four to six weeks during the season. This will help 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 pool water at the right time. This will help to:
- Provide a sanitary swimming environment.
- Balance the water to protect the equipment and pool surfaces. Unbalanced water can permanently damage both.
- Provide brilliant, sparkling water.