Following this easy system will give you a clean & sparkling pool or spa at very economical cost with plenty of time to enjoy it!
- Feed the pool with CHLORINE or other SANITIZER to satisfy its requirements either manually or automatically.
- Clean Skimmer baskets.
- Remove floating leaves.
- Remove any large accumulation of debris on the bottom with a leaf scoop.
- Check that the water level is high enough for the pump to operate correctly (middle of the skimmer mouth opening).
- Give the pump basket a clean.
- Vacuum the pool.
- Clean the water line tile.
- Backwash the filter if necessary.
- Make sure there is adequate chemical in the tank of the automatic feeder for the next week.
- Test the pH & free chlorine levels in the pool water.
- The pH should be in the range 7.4 – 7.7 if the pool has a vinyl, marble-sheen (marcite) or tile finish. The range should be 7.3 -7.5 if the pool has a fiberglass finish. If the level is too high, then adjust it down using Hydrochloric (Muriatic) Acid or pH down or Sodium Bi-sulphate. The doses should be on the labels,
- If the pH is too low, then add Sodium Bi-Carbonate or Ph Buffer or Baking Soda. Again see labels for dosage. (Most authorities on the subject will tell you to use Soda Ash to raise the pH & that is correct if it is really low but we are talking regular weekly maintenance. If the pH has dropped possibly so has your total alkalinity & that cannot be raised using Soda Ash, but both pH & alkalinity can be raised using Bi-Carb Soda)
- Don’t correct your pH more than once a week.
- Do your tests in the morning & you should be getting the following sort of free chlorine readings:
- With a pool using stabilized chlorine or stabilizer + chlorine 2.5-3.5PPM or MG/L
- With a normal pool 0.5-1.0 PPM or MG/L If the level is lower, up the rate or time on the auto dosing system or use more chlorine manually each day.
- On the weekend add three times what you would normally do each day as a super chlorination dose just to make sure. Remember…it is very hard to add enough chlorine to harm swimmers.
- Test the total alkalinity which should be in the range 80-100 PPM or MG/L for normal sanitization & 120-130 PPM or MG/L of pools using salt chlorination. Increase the level by adding bi-carb if necessary.
- Check the Chlorine Stabilizer or Cyanuric Acid level & make sure it is a minimum of 30PPM or MG/L for normal operation & higher in warm water where state laws allow.
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