Answers to Basic Pool Questions
Opening Your Pool
Doing it the right way can mean the difference between a summer of fun and a summer of headaches! Follow these easy and important steps to ensure a smooth, carefree pool opening in the spring. And remember, your local BioGuard® Dealer is always ready to assist with information tailored to your specific pool care needs.
1. Remove pool cover (skip this step for new pools)
Drain off any accumulated water on the cover away from your pool. Once removed, clean with BioGuard Stow-Away® to prevent sticking and odors. Store in a dry place, free of debris and protected from the sun and weather.
2. Fill your pool
Your pool should be filled to the middle of the skimmer opening to allow for proper circulation.
3. Check your pump, skimmer basket and filter
4. Get your water tested
Be sure to circulate pool water 24 to 48 hours before taking a water sample. Use a clean plastic container, provided by your BioGuard Dealer, to scoop from elbow-depth (away from skimmers and returns) about one quart of water. Seal the container and take it to your BioGuard Dealer for testing and analysis.
BioGuard pioneered the idea of computerized water analysis. Over the past 25 years, we have used our resources to research, develop and refine the science of water analysis. Today ALEX, our computerized water analysis system, provides accurate results almost instantly. You will receive personalized instructions for starting your pool with step-by-step instructions.
5. Test sanitizer and pH
You can test sanitizer and pH yourself using the BioGuard 1200V Test Kit or BioGuard Test Strips to check free chlorine, total bromine residuals and pH levels and Total Alkalinity. Use the following chart to determine proper levels.
Free Chlorine residual: 1.0 to 4.0 ppm
Total Bromine residual: 1.0 to 4.0 ppm
pH: 7.4 to 7.6 is ideal range (7.2-7.6 is acceptable)
Total Alkalinity: 125 to 150 ppm (or 80 to 150 ppm for saltwater pools)
Calcium Hardness (plaster and SoftSwim® pools): 200 to 275 ppm
Calcium Hardness (all other types): 175 to 225 ppm
6. Routine maintenance
Routine maintenance is the best way to maintain your pool. And with BioGuard’s easy-to-use 3-Step and Once-A-Week 3-Step pool care programs, it’s as easy as 1-2-3! We even have a non-chlorine system, SoftSwim®, and salt-based systems including Mineral Springs® and SaltScapes®. We have you covered!
Not sure if you can do it on your own?
Is opening and closing too daunting?
Let the experts help and do the work! Contact your local BioGuard Dealer and they can guide you through the process.