Pool Care Basics
Four Important Steps to a Clear, Inviting Pool
The four points below are the basics of excellent pool maintenance. Pay attention to these areas to help your pool look its best.
Pool water must be circulated for your pool care products to work their best. The more your water in motion, the harder it is for bacteria and algae to grow. And the more water that passes through the filter, the more debris is captured. The best time to circulate water is during the day, for 10 hours or more.
The filter is one of your most important pieces of equipment. It removes debris and keeps the water sparkling clear. A filter should be backwashed (the removal of material trapped on or in the filter media) when the water pressure in the filter reaches 10 PSI above normal. (Check manufacturer’s guidelines.) Because backwashing does not remove oils and deeply embedded debris, every filter also needs to be chemically cleaned regularly.
All swimming pools have areas of poor circulation. This is where algae and bacteria can begin to grow. Brush the walls and floors at least once a week then vacuum to remove debris that the filter misses. Even if you use an automatic pool cleaner or retain a weekly service, brushing is a must.
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 or total bromine residuals) are the most important and should be checked several times per week.