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Routine Above Ground Pools Care And Maintenance

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Routine Above Ground Pools Care And Maintenance

Pool Ownership

Owning a pool can make every day seem like a holiday.  But like all good things, a pool needs care and attention if you are to get the best out of it.  Clear, sparkling, pure water doesn’t just happen by itself.  This guide will help you achieve that brilliant water quality.

Why is it necessary to treat water at all? The answer is that swimming pool water is re-circulated and constantly reused.  Bacteria, viruses and other micro-organisms are carried into this water by bathers. Some of these organisms may be harmful to health and must be destroyed before they can pass from one bather to another. Dirt and impurities can also be introduced by bathers, wind and rain and need to be removed to achieve good water quality.

Routine Above Ground Pools Care And Maintenance

Water treatment must also be carried out to prevent the growth of algae – tiny aquatic plants which can rapidly turn your pool water or pool surfaces green. Finally, water must be treated to ensure the pool, equipment and fittings come to no harm through corrosion or scale formation.

The Routine Maintenance Program
4 Easy Steps to the Most Brilliant Clean Ever Seen.

1. Test the pool water and adjust the pH.  Then select your preferred POOLIFE Pool Care System. 

2. Chlorinate and clarify to keep bacteria at bay 24 hours a day.  Use your preferred POOLIFE Primary Sanitizer.3. Shock once a week to clear up cloudy water, kill algae, and destroy organic contaminants and much more.  For best
results use calcium hypochlorite based POOLIFE TurboShock or POOLIFE Rapid Shock.
4. Prevent algae, especially in the hot summer months by adding your preferred POOLIFE Algaecide once a week OR if
you have chosen the Multipurpose Cleaning Tablet system that already contains an algaecide.  Add extra sparkle to
your pool water by adding a water enhancer such as POOLIFE Pool Plus.

Routine Maintenance

Your pool water should be tested for pH, free available chlorine (FAC), total alkalinity (TA), calcium hardness (CH) and stabilizer levels. Testing your pool water is a very simple way to ensure your pool has balanced water. Take a sample of pool water to your Authorized POOLIFE® Dealer each month during the summer season for a detailed analysis.  Or you could invest in a good quality POOLIFE test kit or test strips to measure for pH, free available chlorine and total alkalinity. Test strips are a quick and easy alternative to the traditional test kit.

Ideal Ranges

  • pH:  7.2 – 7.6   
  • FAC:  1 – 4 p.p.m.  (parts per million)   
  • TA:  60 – 120 p.p.m.    
  • CH:  200 – 500 p.p.m. (up to 1,000 is acceptable) 
  • Stabilizer:  20 – 50 p.p.m.


Helpful Tips

  •  Wait 24 hours after a shock treatment before testing for FAC or pH. 
  •  Rinse the collection container a few times with pool water. Do this before and after each use. 
  • Collect water that is 18 inches (about an arm’s length) below the surface and away from an inlet pipe. 
  • Test the water promptly after collecting it. 
  • Replace all test solutions at the beginning of the summer season. 
  • Always correct the TA before adjusting the pH. 


Routine Pool Care Summary

  • Daily:  Test and adjust the pH and chlorine levels
    Run your filtration system 8 – 12 hours a day during summer (12 hours is better).
  • Weekly:  Test the TA level (daily is preferable).
    Shock treat with your preferred POOLIFE shock treatment product.
    Add a preventive dose of your preferred POOLIFE algaecide.
    Remove leaves and other debris from pool.
    Empty skimmer and pump baskets.
    Brush pool floor and walls.
    Check water level and top up if necessary.
    Check filter pressure and backwash only if required (follow manufacturer’s recommendations).
  • Monthly:  Take a pool water sample to your Authorized POOLIFE Dealer for a full water analysis. This should
    include: pH, FAC, Total Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness, TDS, Cyanuric and Metals. 

Routine Above Ground Pools Care And Maintenance

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