Pool and Spa Care Tips

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We’ll not only check your water seven ways— for chlorine, pH, acid or base demand, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, stabilizer and total dissolved solids—we’ll keep an on-going history of your pool’s condition. So every time we check your water, we get to know your pool a little better. We also have the expertise when needed to check for iron, copper, phosphate, salt, and nitrates/nitrites.

What is Stabilizer?

Stabilizer is to your pool’s chlorine like your home’s insulation is to your attic–it helps retain your chlorine longer just as insulation helps retain heat or air conditioning. Even though stabilizer is a component of some types of chlorine, your pool water must have at least 40 ppm of stabilizer to properly maintain your desired chlorine level.

A Shocking Formula

Use one gallon of liquid chlorine per 10,000 gallons of pool water to shock your pool. This should be done once a week. If the average daytime temperature falls below 68° F, shocking may be reduced to once every other week.

What is Alkalinity?

In simple terms, total alkalinity refers to how much alkaline is in the water. But you can’t fully know the importance of total alkalinity without referring to pH because the two go hand-in-hand. High alkaline water leads to high pH. Low alkaline water leads to low pH. For now, just remember that the average swimming pool should have an alkalinty reading of 100 ppm. And, if both pH and alkalinity need to be adjusted, always balance alkalinity first.

Test Kits

A reliable test kit is as important to pool care as a thermometer is to a nurse. Buy a good one and use it often. There are many types of test kits available, including test strips. For the most accurate assessment of pool water, fi nd a test kit that allows you to test for chlorine, pH, acid/base demand, alkalinity, hardness and stabilizer. Remember to store your test kit in a cool, dark place and replace your test kit reagents annually. Just date the bottles when you buy the kit, and be sure to bring them into a Sun Devil Pool Store after a year for replacement.

Why Is Calcium Hardness Important?

Anyone who has ever washed their hair in hard water knows that hard water makes it difficult to get a good lather. But in your pool, just the right amount of calcium is essential. Too little and your pool fi nish and equipment can prematurely deteriorate. Too much and your water could become cloudy, scale could form and stain might start. 200 to 400 ppm is the general range for calcium hardness, while 300 ppm is ideal for most pools.

Why Use Algaecides?

Algaecides are special chemicals that combat or prevent algae growth. Algae comes in several varieties and may appear as a soft green fl oating mat or clump on the pool’s surface, a slime on the pool bottom, black spots on the pool walls or in crevices, or as a yellow dust on the walls and fl oor. Algae is generally harder to kill than bacteria, which is why you use a supplemental algaecide in addition to bacteria-killing chlorine.

ABC's of Pool Care

You can count on Big Splash’s proven and easy method to keep your pool sparkling: Maintain your pool with Suncoast Stabilized Chlorine Tablets every day using an automatic chlorinator. Shock your pool once a week with Suncoast Gold™ Liquid Chlorine. The day after shocking, add a dose of Suncoast All In One Algaecide. While we guarantee this simple formula will work if you follow it diligently, there may be those times that even the best efforts can’t overcome the effects of weather or heavy use. So it’s important to let us check your water for you once troubles arise. Also, for the best accuracy, be sure that your test kit reagents aren’t over one year old.

Why Use Chlorine?

imple, because nothing purifi es water like chlorine. Wind, rain, dust, and people introduce bacteria and algae into your pool, along with other contaminants. When enough chlorine is added to offset these unwanted introductions, your pool is said to have a “chlorine residual.” This is what sanitizes your pool continuously. While there are many types of chlorine, they all have several important things in common. First, it’s the most cost effective way to sanitize your pool. In fact, chlorine has been the product of choice for 100 years. It’s safe enough to sanitize drinking water, and powerful enough in the right concentrations to kill deadly bacteria, germs and viruses. Unlike chlorine alternatives, chlorine oxidizes while it sanitizes— keeping your pool crystal clear. Remember to test your pool daily, and keep your chlorine level within the 2.0 to 4.0 parts per million range.

What Is PH?

In a pH test, you are determining the level of acidity or basicity in your pool. Keeping your pH levels within the proper range is not only important for swimmer comfort, it’s also important for keeping your pool’s fi nish in good condition. All you need to remember is that a proper pH level is around 7.4 to 7.6 on a pH test kit’s numeric scale. 0-7 refl ects a low or acid pH. 8 to 14 means the pool has a base pH level. Low pH readings cause your chlorine to dissipate a lot quicker. High pH levels cause chlorine to be inactive.

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