Five Steps to Cleaning a Pool
Test your pool water twice a week. If your water test indicates a low chlorine level, turn up your chlorinator. If your test indicates a high chlorine level, lower your chlorinator. Bather load, rainfall,
and sun exposure will affect the amount of chlorine your pool will require.
Tabs - Fill your chlorinator with 3 inch tabs on the same day each week. Most pools require 5-7 tabs depending on size of pool. Do not exceed 7 tabs unless specifically directed to do so. Chlorine tabs dissolve like bars of soap, do not wait until there are none left in your chlorinator.
Shock your pool at least once a week, twice per week when it is very hot or the bather load is high. You should add 1/2 a pound of lithium hypochlorite shock, for every 10,000 gallons of pool water or liquid shock as directed. You should only shock your pool in the evening, as the sun burns off the chlorine.
Algaecide should be added once per week as a preventative measure. Use 5 ounces of 30% algaecide per ten thousand gallons of pool water. It is less expensive to add this product weekly, then it is to clear up a green pool when it occurs.
pH needs to be checked twice a week and maintained within 7.2 to 7.6 on your test strip. If your total alkalinity is not above 100 PPM your pH will have a tendency to drift, so always adjust total alkalinity first then retest and adjust pH if needed.
We suggest that you have your pool water tested professionally twice per month and immediately after opening, and prior to closing your pool. Preventative maintenance costs less than clearing up your pool after it has turned green!