Opening your pool the right way

Open your pool the right way, avoid headaches and enjoy the a summer of fun. Follow these important (and easy) steps to ensure a smooth, carefree pool opening in the spring. And remember, your local pool company is always ready to assist with information tailored to your specific pool care needs.

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Blue-water-pool (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1.  Remove pool cover (skip this step for new pools)

Drain off any accumulated water on the cover away from your pool. Once removed, clean   to prevent sticking and odors. Store in a dry place, free of debris and protected from the sun and weather.

2.  Fill your pool

Your pool should be filled to the middle of the skimmer opening to allow for proper circulation.

3.  Check your pump, skimmer basket & filter

4.  Get your water tested

Be sure to circulate pool water 24 to 48 hours before taking a water sample. Using a clean plastic container (or better still, one that your dealer provides), scoop about one quart of water from elbow-depth. Seal the container and take it to your local pool company for testing and analysis.

Over the past 25 years, we have used our resources to research, develop and refine the science of water analysis. Today, our computerized water analysis system provides accurate results almost instantly. You receive personalized instructions for starting the pool. Help keep your water perfectly balanced by bringing in a water sample at least once every month during the pool season.

5.  Test sanitizer & pH levels

You can test sanitizer and pH levels yourself using the BioGuard 1200V Test Kit or BioGuard Test Strips to check free chlorine, total bromine residuals and pH levels and Total Alkalinity. Use the following chart to determine proper levels.

Free chlorine residual 1.0 to 3.0 ppm
Total Bromine residual 1.0 to 3.0 ppm
pH 7.4 to 7.6 is ideal range (7.2 -7.6 is acceptable)
Total Alkalinity 125 to 150 ppm
Calcium Hardness:
Plaster pools
All other types
200 to 275 ppm
175 to 225 ppm

6. Routine maintenance

Routine maintenance is the best way to maintain your pool.

 

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