Pool Maintenance BasicsSimon Miller
1. Please keep swimming pool topped up and full of water at all time. The pool water level must be at least 3-6com from the top of the skimmer box (weir). Perfect Pools recommends that the swimming pool only be toped up with municipal water. Well point and or borehole water can damage the pool walls, by causing staining. The use of any other water source other than municipal water will result in forfeiting the guarantee and or warrantee`s.
2. The swimming pool needs to be back washed and rinsed on a WEEKLY basis.
- a. Backwash for 30-40 seconds by: switching the pool motor of, move the selector valve from the filter position to the backwash position. Switch the pool motor on for 30-40 second.
- b. Rinse: Switch the selector valve from Backwash to the rinse position and switch the pool motor on for 15-30 seconds.
- c. You can now move the selector valve from the rinse position to the filter position and switch the pool motor back to the timer, for timed circulation.
3. The swimming pool walls needs to be brushed on a WEEKLY basis. This will help prevent staining, micro algae build up and “dirt marks”
4. Clean all baskets on a WEEKLY basis of all garden debris.
5. The swimming pool pump should run between 8-10 hours per day.
6. Clean you filter sand with BioGuard “StripKwik” every six month. This will help chemical efficiency and reduces the chances of algae.
7. Last and defiantly the most important step. The swimming pool water HAS to be analyzed on aWEEKLY basis (for new, renovated and or fiber glassed pools) for the first two (2) months. This will insure the swimming pool water is balanced and no discoloration, staining or marks can appear on the pool surface. After the initial 2 months pool water can then be analyzed by a professional every second week, however the pool owner has to test the water on the “off” week with his own home test kit.
a. pH = 7.4 – 7.6
b. Total Alkalinity = 80 – 125 ppm (Marble Plaster)
c. Total Alkalinity = 125 – 150 ppm (Fiberglass)
d. Stabilizer = 40 – 80 ppm
e. Free Chlorine = 1-3ppm
f. Combined Chlorine = 1 -3ppm
g. Calcium Hardness = 200 – 250ppm
h. Copper = 0ppm
i. Iron = 0ppm
Please Note: Due to the nature of Marble Plaster and the Fiberglass Gel Coating, failing to comply with the suggested water analysis procedure in Step 7 will result in loss of guarantee’s and or warrantee`s. Perfect Pools – an Authorized BioGurad dealer, tests the water with the most up to date water testing equipment. They also keep a record of each and every test done by them. This will insure the proper water chemistry is kept. Should the pool owner wish to test the water by any other pool professional please insure they keep a complete history of the water analysis.
• All chemicals subscribed by your local pool shop MUST be pre diluted before adding in the pool.
• Add all pre-diluted chemicals thru the skimmer box ON BYPASS
• Clients with Salt chlorinators, when adding salt to the swimming pool ALWAYS INSURE THERE IS A BLACK GURBAGE BAG BETWEEN THE SALT BAG AND THE POOL SURFACE. (Salt can stain the pool surface)
• Salt Chlorinator customers MUST insure they only add A-Grade pool salt to swimming pools.
Pool Maintenance Clients that are on a Fortnightly Service with us, MUST Maintain their pool on the week we are not there. Unfortunately Perfect Pools cannot be held responsible for fortnightly serviced pools that turns green and or cloudy.