Pool water must be circulated for your pool care products to work their best. The more your water is in motion, the harder it is for bacteria and algae to take hold. And the more water that passes through the filter, the more debris is captured. The best time to circulate pool water is during the day, for 16 hours or more.
The filter is the most important piece of equipment. It removes debris and keeps the water sparkling clear. When it gets dirty and the pressure builds up 6-10 pounds above normal, it should be back-washed. This will remove material trapped on or in the filter media. (Check manufacturer’s guidelines.) Because back-washing does not remove oils and deeply embedded debris, every filter also needs to be chemically cleaned regularly.
We can help you establish a filter maintenance program.
At least once a week, vacuum the floor and then brush the walls and floor to assist with filtration. Even if you use an automatic pool cleaner or retain a weekly service, brushing is important.
Testing your pool water regularly is the best way to keep your pool looking great. The tests for pH and active sanitizer (usually available chlorine residuals) are the most important and should be checked once or twice a week, more often if you are having challenges. Tests for total alkalinity and calcium hardness levels should also be done regularly. At Spring opening, every four to six weeks during the Summer, and before closing, bring in a water sample for us to test on our lab. This will help you maintain proper balance and greatly reduce the potential for problems.
The last step in a total pool maintenance program is applying the right products to your pool water at the right time.
This will help you:
- 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 that’s inviting.
- Enjoy your pool!