Pool Maintenance

Proper upkeep of the pool with maintenance and water balance will reduce the amount of chemicals needed. The following is a weekly schedule.


  1. Test water
    • Chlorine should be between 1-3 ppm/ bromine 3-6 ppm
      • Fill chlorinator/brominator or check pucks in skimmer basket (be careful of fumes)
    • pH should be between 7.2-7.6ppm
      • If necessary add pH up to increase or pH down to decrease the levels and wait 6 hours to test water again.
    • Alkalinity should be between 80-120ppm
      • This prevents pH from wandering.
    • Calcium should be between 150-250ppm
      • This prevents corrosion and scaling.
  2. After water is properly balanced, add Smart Shock. Add straight from bag into pool water by broadcasting it.
    • Do not cover pool for 15 mins to 1 hour (read product instructions) , nor swim during this time period
    • Always add chemicals to water
  3. Add Banish algaecide and put blanket on pool.
    • No swimming for 30 minutes.


A backwash should occur when your pressure reading is approximately 8-10 psi higher then normal.

  1. Check baskets, shut off pump and turn filter handle to backwash position. Turn on pump for about 3 minute.
  2. Shut off pump and turn filter to rinse position. Turn on pump for 30 seconds.
  3. Shut off pump and turn filter back to filter position. Turn pump on.

Vacuuming Procedure

  1. Place vacuum into pool and fill hose with water (use return to fill).
  2. Place vacuum plate in skimmer and attach hose.
  3. After vacuuming is complete, check and empty skimmer and pump baskets.