Avoid Costly Mistakes...Follow This Swimming Pool Maintenance Routine

by Pool Builders on 04-18-2007 in Articles

Common problems with your pool's chemicals may affect your family's health. In order to prevent this from happening a few steps need to be followed in order to keep up a proper maintenance schedule.

Your local swimming pool dealer uses professional water testing equipment to determine which chemicals your pool needs. Be sure to take your water to test at least once a month. A water sample from your pool is required but make sure you follow these steps:

Take your water from the deep end of the pool, reaching down to elbow depth (18") and collect at least 8 oz. on any clean plastic container.

Water chemicals will only last for a few hours so make sure that your test water is not hanging around your car long. Sunlight and heat affect the water chemicals and ultimately your test results.

On the other hand, a much more frequent testing must be done to be certain that your pool and spa water is well balanced.

Your first line of defense starts at home with a test kit. These can be found at your local swimming pool dealer starting at around $5.00. Frequent testing of your water and following the Recharge 3-Step System routine will keep your water crystal-clear and trouble-free.

Twice A Week Maintenance:

1. Check and maintain ph levels between 7.2-7.6, you may use Regal pH Plus and Regal pH Minus.

2. Monitor and maintain chlorine levels between 1.0-3.0 ppm, you may use Regal Chlorinated Tablets 1", Chlorinated Tablets 3", and Skimmer Sticks.

3. Empty skimmer baskets, skim leaves, insects, and other debris from pool surface. This will also help your electricity bill because your equipment won't have to work as hard with debris in its way.

4. Clean pool wall tile or vinyl at water line with a tile or vinyl cleaner.

Once A Week Maintenance:

1. Shock the pool with Super Shock-It in the evening, following label instructions. Super Shock-It restores the sparkle and sheen to pool water, destroys germs, and burns away organic contaminants that may be harmful to your family. Always make sure that after a rainstorm, large number of swimmers, or exceptionally hot weather you add additional Super Shock-It.

2. After adding Super Shock-It, you need to add a dosage of Algaecide 60 to prevent further and more stubborn algae from forming.

Monthly Maintenance:

1. Remember to take your water sample to your local swimming pool dealer. Instructions are above.

Mid-Season Maintenance:

1. Open and clean your filter with Filter Cleaner & Degreaser to remove any oils and grease that may have accumulated in your filter due to regular use. The source of this may vary from sweat, to sun block used by swimmers.

Making sure that your pool is maintained will not only save you time but also money by preventing breakdowns in your equipment that may need expensive repair work. Remember maintenance is always better than repair.

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