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Pool Care Instructions

WEEKLY CHECKLIST

  • Check water level daily, add or remove water as necessary
  • Check skimmer basket daily, clean as needed
  • Observe lint pot in pump daily, clean as needed
  • Brush pool walls and floor
  • Vacuum pool
  • Check pressure on filter
  • Clean filter if necessary

CHEMICAL GUIDELINES

  • Tds (total dissolved solids): 500
  • Phosphates: under 300
  • Free chlorine: 1.5 - 3 ppm
  • Total chlorine: 2 - 4 ppm
  • Stabilizer (cyanuric acid): 30 - 60 ppm
  • pH level: 7.5
  • Total alkalinity: 125 - 225 ppm
  • Calcium hardness: 175 - 300 ppm
  • Metals (copper & iron): 0 ppm
  • Water analyzed by a qualified pool professional at least once per month

BACKWASHING SAND FILTERS

  • Turn pump off
  • Depress handle on top of filter and turn to "backwash" position
  • Turn on pump and run until water in observation bowl is clear
  • Turn off pump
  • Turn handle to "rinse" or "filter to waste" position
  • Turn on pump and run for 20 seconds
  • Turn off pump and return handle to "filter" position
  • Do not turn on pump for 5 minutes. (this allows the sand to settle back into place and prevent further dirt to escape into the pool)

TO CLEAN CARTRIDGE FILTER

  • Turn off pump
  • Remove cap from top of filter. carefully remove the cartridges and hose
  • Clean with good water pressure
  • Replace cartridges and replace top (do not over tighten)
  • With pump running, bleed air from top of cartridge with bleed screw
  • If ring becomes dry, coat ring with silicon grease (not petroleum jelly)


Winterizing In-ground Pool Instructions

  • Start the winterizing process when the temperature consistently drops to 18 degrees C or lower.
  • Starting too early may lead to problems with algae, which thrives in warmer temperatures.
  • Hire a professional:
    • If your pool is not winterized correctly, you could do more harm than good.
    • A professional will ensure no damage occurs to your pool during the winter.


1 Week Prior to Closing the Pool

Step 1 - Remove Pool Accessories:

  • Remove skimmer baskets, cleaners, ladders, steps, and solar blankets from the pool.
  • Hose the accessories clean of dirt and algae, let them dry, and then store them in a safe place for the winter

Step 2 - Deep Clean the Pool:
Ensure your pool is as clean as possible, which will make it easier to balance the water chemistry and prevent mold and algae growth.

  • Use skim nets to clean the pool's surface removing leaves, silt, and other debris.
  • Use a pool vacuum to remove debris from the bottom of the pool.
  • Thoroughly brush the pool's floor and sides.

Step 3 - Balance the Water Chemistry:
Test the water chemistry and ensure:

  • Alkalinity is at 80-150 parts per million (ppm).
  • pH level is between 7.2-7.6.
  • Calcium hardness level is between 175-225 ppm.
  • Chlorine level is between 1 ppm and 3 ppm.

*Keep in mind if any adjustments need to be made to the water chemistry, this step could take a day or two to complete.

Step 4 - Lower the Water Level:
Ensure your pool is as clean as possible, which will make it easier to balance the water chemistry and prevent mold and algae growth.

  • If you have a mesh pool cover - lower the water is 1 foot below the skimmer.
  • f you have a solid skimmer - lower the water to 1.5 feet below the skimmer.

*Keep in mind depending how you are removing water from the pool, this step can take could take a day or two to complete.

Step 5 - Drain, Clean and Store Equipment:
Drain, all equipment so the water won't expand and cause damage when temperatures fall below freezing. This includes:

  • Filters
  • Pump
  • Heater

Most equipment will have drain plugs. If possible after cleaning the pump and filter, store both indoors for the winter.
*Consider adding pool antifreeze to prevent pipes from bursting.

Step 6 - Add Shock and Algaecide:

  • Add shock to kill bacteria.
  • Add algaecide to kill algae.

*Keep in mind if you're using chlorine shock (vs. non-chlorine shock), do not add it at the same time as the algaecide.
*Depending on the products you use this step could take a day or two to complete. Always follow the package directions and distribute the chemicals around the pool evenly.

Step 7 - Cover the Pool:
There are two types of covers you can use; safety covers or winter covers:

  • Safety covers:
    • Must be anchored down.
    • Provide the greatest protection from debris, and people or animals accidentally falling in.

  • Winter covers:
    • Do not need to be anchored down.
    • Provide less protection but, are more user-friendly.

Regardless of type of cover you use, make sure it is tight-fitting and doesn't have any holes or tears.


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