Five Keys to Pool Care Basics

1. Circulation:

The more your water is in motion, the harder it is for bacteria and algae to take hold. Maximize your sanitizer’s efficiency by circulating your pool water, preferably during the day, for a minimum of 10-12 hours.

2. Filtration:

Your filter removes both visible debris and microscopic matter. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines on backwashing-a process that removes materials trapped on or in the filter media. A regular chemical cleaning is necessary approximately every 6 weeks since backwashing will not remove oils and deeply embedded debris.

3. Cleaning:

Algae and bacteria can begin to grow in areas that have little or no circulation. At least once a week, brush and vacuum the walls and floor of your swimming pool. Brushing is a must, even if you use an automatic pool cleaner or retain a weekly service.

4. Testing:

Certain pool parameters must be regularly measured and adjusted, including active sanitizer (free available chlorine, bromine or biguanide), total alkalinity and calcium hardness, among others. Most important are pH and active sanitizer levels-both should be tested weekly. You should also take a water sample to Hat City Pools, a Platinum BioGuard Dealer, when you open and close your pool, and every 4-6 weeks during the season.

5. Chemistry:

Make sure you apply the right products to your pool water at the right time. Hat City Pools can give you precise instructions on what to do. It’s just one of the many valuable benefits you’ll receive as a BioGuard customer.