Pool School 101: The 5 Keys to Basic Pool Care

There are five basic keys when understanding how your pool functions. Pool maintenance can be relatively simple once you know the basics in pool care, leaving you to enjoy a well-balanced healthy swimming pool.

Circulation
You must circulate your pool water in order to maximize the sanitizer’s effectiveness. The more pool water is in motion, the harder it is for bacteria and algae to take hold. The better the water circulates, the better the filtration, the cleaner the pool.

Filtration
As one of the most important pieces of pool equipment, the filter removes both solid debris and microscopic matter. Typically, you should backwash your first when the water pressure reaches 8 to 10 psi above normal, as well as after each vacuuming. You should also get your filter chemically cleaned twice a season to remove any grease, oil and other deeply embedded debris that you’re unable to remove during a regular cleaning.

Cleaning
Every pool has pockets where circulation doesn’t occur, leaving it vulnerable to algae and bacteria growth. At least once a week, the pool walls should be brushed and vacuumed to remove the debris not caught in the filter.

Testing
Measuring and adjusting your pool water’s pH and sanitization levels should be a regular part of your pool care routine. You should also bring your water in to your local pool retailer to get tested at least three times per season to better understand how your pool is affected by how often your pool is used, the weather and the products you apply.

Chemistry
Water chemistry isn’t as hard as it seems. By providing a sanitary swimming environment and balancing the water with the amount of chemicals at the right time, there’s no doubt your water will remain crystal clear and inviting.

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