General Swimming Pool Maintenance

General Maintenance Guidelines to follow to keep your pool water clean & clear:

For best results, run pump and filter 24 hours a day; the more you filter and circulate your pool water the less chemicals you will require and you will be less likely to experience water quality problems.

Adjust return jets downwards at a 45 degree angle to create a moving circulation pattern in the pool and away from the skimmer basket.

Clean skimmer & pump baskets frequently. Keep pool clean and free of debris such as leaves and other materials.
Vacuum at regular intervals.

Understand how to use filter gauge and backwash your filter as required.
Clean filter sand at least once per season using a Filter Cleaner product, plus after any battles with an algae situation. A complete sand change is required periodically, usually about every 5 years.

Dirt, oil scum, and smog scum must be cleaned regularly from pool’s surface with a tile and vinyl cleaner. The use of enzymes will greatly reduce oils and scum line around pool.

Regular testing of sanitizer and water balance parameters are important.
It is necessary to have a constant source of sanitizer in your water – inadequate sanitizer levels create unsafe water for bathers. Clear water doesn’t equal safe water. A chlorine puck, tablet or other preformed chlorine is the easiest to use to maintain a minimum level.
Regardless of existing chlorine level, it is important to shock the pool (in most cases this is preferably done with liquid chlorine, but there are granular products available as well – you can not shock a pool by adding extra pucks)
Shocking should be done a minimum of once every week to oxidize and rid the water of irritants.

PH and alkalinity must be regulated to prevent discomfort to the swimmers’ eyes and skin, prevent damage to pool surfaces and to assist sanitizer performance. Smog and rain have a definite effect on pH, and rain can also dilute sanitizer concentration and introduce other contaminants, so it’s always a good idea to use your test strips frequently, especially the day after a rainstorm. It’s also a good idea to bring a water sample to your Waterbee once a month to have balance levels double checked as a precaution to keep things on track before major adjustments become necessary.

The staff at Waterbee can help teach a regular watercare routine to make maintaining your pool stress-free.