Before closing your pool for the season, going on holiday, or just when you know you won’t be using it for a few weeks, simply run through the below tasks.
The information stated within this document is for reference only, and is not intended to be used as a basis for exact pool and pool water maintenance. Please contact us for exact maintenance requirements and to set up a schedule for your specific pool.
● Remove any large accumulation of debris on the bottom with a leaf scoop
● Feed the pool with chlorine or other sanitizer to satisfy its requirements either manually or automatically
● Check that the water level is high enough for the pump to operate correctly
● Test and adjust sanitizer level (may require more frequent testing depending upon bather load and environmental conditions)
● Visually inspect pool water for clarity, colour and visible contaminants
● Remove floating leaves
● Test and adjust pH (may require more frequent testing depending upon bather load and environmental conditions):
● The pH should be in the range 7.4 – 7.7 if the pool has a vinyl or tile finish. The range should be 7.3 -7.5 if the pool has a fiberglass finish. The range should be 7.4-7.6 for a unite swimming pool. If the level is too high, then adjust it down using pH decreaser. The correct dosage is located on the label.
● If the pH is too low, then add pH increaser. Again see labels for dosage. If the pH has dropped possibly so has your total alkalinity.
● Don’t correct your pH more than once a week.
● Test chlorine levels in the pool water:
● Free chlorine levels should be between 1-3 ppm
● Free bromine levels should be between 3-5 ppm
● Test and adjust Alkalinity
● Test and adjust Oxidizer and Stabilizer levels
● Clean the tile at the water line
● Check filter pressure and backwash only if required
● Check water level and adjust as necessary at the prescribed rate of 1” (25mm) per hour
● Add a preventative dose of algaecide as necessary
● Shock the pool as per label instructions. This treatment restores the sparkle to the pool water and destroys germs and organic contaminants (can be done once every 2 weeks)
22 SEPTEMBER 2018 | BY RICKY FRANKLIN
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