As the proud owner of a brand new swimming pool, you can look forward to many hours of fun and splashing around! However, with great fun also comes great responsibility. You’ll need to devote some time to caring for your pool in order to keep it in good condition for years of enjoyment.
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What Order Do You Balance Pool Chemicals In?
1. Start by testing the alkalinity and making adjustments as needed
2. Test and adjust the pH levels as needed
3. Test and adjust the calcium hardness as needed
4. Check Your Sanitizer Level
5. Check Cyanuric Acid (CYA) Level
6. Measure Dissolved Solids
7. Shock the Pool
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Answer: If your pool does not hold chlorine, then chlorine lock could be the culprit. Chlorine lock occurs when your chlorine is rendered useless and no matter how much chlorine you add, it will not work; and free chlorine levels will not go up during testing/treatments. In order to fix this, you will need to treat with a non-chlorine shock.
Answer: In order to get rid of algae, you need to make sure your pool is holding chlorine and they are at the correct levels. Once you have achieved this, treat with Algae Break 90 for 90 days of algae treatment. You can also clear up an algae bloom by using liquid shock. See a staff member at Mock Pools and Ponds for more information on how to do this.
Answer: You should clean your filter cartridge when the PSI on your system is 8-10 PSI over its normal operating range. Your skimmer on the other hand should be checked and cleaned of debris daily.
Step 1. Test your water. Testing your water will give you the knowledge needed to treat your pool with the proper chemicals.
Step 2. Make sure your alkalinity is within 80-120 ppm. Alkalinity is what your pH relies on to work. Without it your water would not hold any pH.
Step 3. Make sure your pH is within 7.2-7.6 ppm. If your pH is too low then your water will be acidic and burn. If it is too high, then your water will be basic and your sanitizer will have no effect.
Step 4. Make sure your Calcium Hardness is between 180-250 ppm. Calcium Hardness will prevent overtime damage to your pool walls and equipment.
Step 5. Make sure your Stabilizer (Cyanuric Acid) is within 30-50 ppm. Stabilizer will allow your water to hold chlorine and not lose chlorine as quickly. For salt water pools, a CYA level of 60-80 ppm is recommended.
Step 6. Add some Chlorine or Shock and maintain between 1-3 ppm of free chlorine. Chlorine and Shock will help kill the bacteria in your water and help prevent algae growth. Make sure to keep your free and total chlorine within those ranges.
Step 7. Enjoy your perfectly balanced pool, but don’t forget to regularly test your water, and keep treating weekly and as needed to maintain results!
Winterize Your Above Ground Pool
Step 1 – Remove ladder/steps and all accessories.
Step 2 – Vacuum your pool and remove all debris.
Step 3 – Test and balance your pool water. Your pH, Alkalinity, Free Chlorine, Cyanuric Acid (CYA) and Calcium Hardness levels should all be within range before closing your pool. Mock Pools and Ponds offers FREE water testing all year.
Step 4 – Visit Mock Pools and Ponds to get your winter chemical kit.
Step 5 – Apply winterizing chemicals. We recommend running your pool for 24 hours after application to allow chemicals to circulate.
Step 6 – Install skimmer cover and plug all return jets.
Step 7 – Turn multi-port valve to winter setting, if applicable.
Step 8 – Remove all drain caps from equipment and allow all water to escape.
Step 9 – Remove all drain caps from equipment.
Step 10 - Store pool pump inside to protect from elements.
Step 11 –Install pool pillow and winter cover, securing to avoid damage by heavy winds.
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