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Residential Pool Maintenance

Proper pool maintenance is your first line of defense in preventing most common problems. Following this easy maintenance check list should keep your pool water crystal clear and trouble free.

TWICE A WEEK

  1. Check and maintain pH levels at 7.4 - 7.6.

  2. Check and maintain chlorine levels at 1.0 - 3.0 ppm. Bromine levels at 3.0 - 4.0 ppm.

  3. Empty skimmer baskets, clean tile or pool wall at water line and skim leaves, insects and other floating debris from the pool surface.

 
EVERY TWO WEEKS

  1. Shock the pool with SUPER CHLORINATOR or SUPER CHLORINATOR 35 in the evening. NOTE: Additional SUPER CHLORINATOR or SUPER CHLORINATOR 35 may be needed after a rain storm, heavy bather load or exceptionally hot weather.

  2. Next morning, add a maintenance dose of an ALGAE CONTROL product.

 

 

MONTHLY

    Take a water sample to your a professional pool supply dealer for a complete water analysis.

 
MIDSEASON

    Clean your filter to remove any oils and grease that may have accumulated on your filter.
WINTERIZING

The best protection for your pool in the spring is having protection through the winter. Following these easy winterizing steps will make spring start-up quick and easy.

  1. Balance your water by taking a sample to your professional pool supply dealer for a complete water analysis. Follow your dealer's instructions for adjusting water balance parameters.

  2. Do all housekeeping chores - Brush pool walls and vacuum. Clean tile at the water line with POOL SURFACE CLEANER.

  3. Clean filter thoroughly with a filter cleaner, following label instructions.

  4. Superchlorinate your pool water.

  5. Protect from algae with an algae control product. Run pump for several hours to distribute product thoroughly.

  6. Partially drain pool to a level about four inches below the skimmer. NOTE: Follow your builder's advice if in doubt.

  7. Prepare equipment for winter by draining water from the filter, heater, hoses, chlorinator and pipes to prevent freeze damage. NOTE: Follow your builder's advice if in doubt.

  8. Cover the pool with a well-designed pool cover. With an uncovered pool or one with a mesh cover a treatment of chlorine is recommended about mid-winter or just before the water freezes.

 
Starting the Pool

  1. Clean the pool thoroughly (brush, vacuum, skim the surface, clean skimmer baskets).

  2. Backwash the filter, clean out lint pot basket. Put D.E. back in D.E. filter by adding it through skimmer.

  3. Check chlorine level with your test kit. If the reading is above 3.00 PPM do not balance your pool until the chlorine reading is down to 2.0 PPM.

  4. Test the Total Alkalinity. If it is less than 100 PPM, increase the Total Alkalinity to 120 PPM by adding Alkalinity Increaser (Sodium Bicarbonate). Wait for an hour or two before adjusting pH to 7.5-7.6. If the Total Alkalinity is 100-125 PPM, check pH and adjust to 7.5 to 7.6.

  5. Check Conditioner level by using a Cyanuric Acid Test Kit. Proper operating range is 50-75 PPM. If Conditioner is required, add the proper amount VERY SLOWLY through the skimmer. Do not Backwash filter for 24 hours. Then adjust pH again.

  6. Superchlorinate the pool by using liquid chlorine (Sodium Hypochlorite) at the rate of 1 gallon per 20,000 gallons of pool water. Wait for chlorine reading to drop to 2.0 PPM or lower before using the pool. Check chlorine level next day and if it is lower than 1.0 PPM, add chlorine level next day and if it is lower than 1.0 PPM, add chlorine to bring the residual up to 1.0-2.0 PPM, then go on regular chlorination using the type of chlorine (tablets, granular or liquid) you are accustomed to using.

 
Tile Care

The strip above the water line will accumulate suntan oils, body oils and dirt. This scum line can be removed easily with tile cleaner. Once-a-week maintenance is usual during the swimming season.

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I D E A L   F A C T O R S   F O R   P O O L S


Free Chlorine....................1.0 - 3.0 ppm

Total Bromine...................2.0 - 4.0 ppm

Stabilizer...................................40 ppm
not necessary in brominated pools

pH..........................................7.4 - 7.6

Total Alkalinity
White plaster.....................80 - 125 ppm
All Other.........................125 - 150 ppm

Calcium Hardness
White plaster....................200 - 275 ppm
All other..........................175 - 225 ppm

Algae Preventative
All pools...........................2.0 - 4.0 ppm

Metals
(iron, copper, manganese)
All pools.......................................NONE

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Phone:1-800-628-7665 or 425-485-7676
Fax: 1-800-201-5511 or 360-668-6533
 

 
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