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Nothing’s better than enjoying a hot summer’s day by the pool! And if you want to spend the most amount of time poolside, now’s the perfect time to get it in tip-top condition!
Here are our tips for getting your pool water sparkling!
Check your water level. If it’s dropped below the middle of your skimmer box, give it a top up with the garden hose. Filling it to halfway up your skimmer will allow for proper circulation, which helps your filter remove impurities from the water!
Want crystal clear pool water all season? You’ll need a filtration system that’s operating at its peak, and then continues to run at its peak for at least eight hours a day! A pool filter works continuously to remove debris, contaminants, and other impurities from the water and, similar to a vacuum cleaner, a build-up of waste in your filter will affect your water flow. Poor flow results in poor circulation, which can then lead to cloudy water and algae outbreaks!
In preparation for summer, give your filter a checkup. This involves removing any hidden debris build-up and then giving it a clean with the recommended method for your filtration system.
If you have a sand filter, you’ll need to backwash your filter to flush out contaminants. Backwashing is the process of reversing the flow of water so that it lifts and flushes the filter media and expels the dirty water via a waste line into the ground or drain. During pool season we recommend backwashing a sand or Activated Filter Media® (AFM) filter at least once a week or when the pressure gauge reads ten pounds per square inch (psi) above the normal operating level.
If you have a cartridge filter, remove the cartridges and hose them down. We recommend doing a clean like this at least once a week and replacing your cartridges every two to three years.
After giving your filter a thorough clean, add a dose of BioGuard Filter Brite®. It will remove any remaining scale or waste deposits while also sanitising the filter media or cartridge. This product is suitable for all filtration systems and can also be used when you give your filter its annual deep clean.
The start of the season is an excellent time to replace worn-out filter media. Sand should be replaced every five years. AFM®, however, is expected to last the lifetime of your filter!
Every filtration system is slightly different. If you need any assistance with your filter maintenance, visit your local BioGuard Approved Retailer for expert advice.
Test your water
Now that you’ve rejuvenated your filter, the next thing to tick off your list is water balance! Before you spend any time or money on treating your pool water, take a sample to your local BioGuard Approved Retailer for a test using their state-of-the-art computerised equipment. They will conduct a comprehensive analysis of the current condition of the water and then advise you on what needs to be done to correct any imbalances. Creating a personalised maintenance program for your pool!
We then recommend testing your water every week at home and then professionally once a month. Staying on top of your water balance is the secret to achieving sparkling water all summer!
On top of that, it keeps your water safe, prevents damage to your surfaces and equipment, and allows your pool products to work most efficiently!
Getting the sparkle
Once your pool water is balanced, it’s time to get it sparkling!
An oxidiser is a product that works to remove and destroy swimmer wastes and organic contaminants in your water, keeping it crystal clear! For an easy to use oxidiser that allows swimmers back in the water an hour after treatment, use BioGuard Lite®.
Finally, to take your pool water to the next level, add a weekly dose of our brand NEW product BioGuard Pool Complete™. It’s the final touch for any pool maintenance as its 3-in-1 formula keeps water amazingly clear, prevents scum line build-up, removes phosphates and is for use in any pool type!
Don’t forget to ALWAYS use a sanitiser to kill bacteria and keep your pool water safe, and an algaecide to prevent algae outbreaks. Visit your local BioGuard Approved Retailer for professional advice.
Follow these simple steps and your pool water will be a delight all season!
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