Pool water must be circulated for maximum sanitiser effectiveness. The more your water is in motion, the harder it is for bacteria and algae to take hold and the more debris your filter can capture. It is best to circulate your water during the day for around 10 hours or more.
Every pool has characteristics that must be regularly measured and adjusted. Most important are the pH and active sanitiser levels. By testing these two factors at regular intervals, you'll understand how bather load, weather and product application affect the water. Test your pool water 2 or 3 times per week. Also, take a sample to your BioGuard dealer when you open and close your pool, and every 4 to 6 weeks during the season. This will help you maintain proper water balance and greatly reduce the risk of potential problems.
The filter is one of the most important pieces of pool equipment as it removes both visible debris and most microscopic matter. Generally, a filter should be backwashed (removal of material trapped on or in the filter media) when the water pressure in the filter reaches 8 to 10 psi above normal (check manufacturer's guidelines). Because backwashing does not remove oils or deeply embedded debris, every filter needs to be chemically cleaned regularly. Your BioGuard dealer can help you establish a filter maintenance program.
Some swimming pools have areas with little or no circulation, which is where algae and bacteria can begin to grow. At least once a week, the walls and floor should be brushed and vacuumed to remove whatever debris the filter misses. Brushing is a must, even if you use an automatic pool cleaner or retain a weekly service.
The last step in a total pool maintenance program is applying the right products to your pool water at the right time. This will help you:
- Provide a sanitary swimming environment
- Balance the water to protect the equipment and pool surface
- Avoid permanent damage caused by unbalanced water
- Provide brilliant, sparkling water that's clean and inviting