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Basic Swimming Pool Care

Basic Pool Care Tips

  1. Test chlorine and pH at least 3 times per week. Have a comprehensive water test every 6-8 weeks at your local pool store. There is generally no charge for this test.
  2. Operate pool equipment a minimum of 6-8 hours per day during winter months and for 10-12 hours per day during the summer for greatest overall benefit.
  3. Brush the pool walls and floor a minimum of once a week.
  4. To prevent damage to pool equipment make sure the water level never drops below the opening of the skimmer.
  5. Lubricate backwash valve "O" rings on sand and DE filter four times a year. Lubricate pump lid "O" ring periodically with Lube specifically designed for use with swimming pool equipment.

  6. Test pH and add muriatic acid as indicated to maintain pH between 7.4 - 7.8. Never add more than 1 pint of acid at a time and wait at least 1 hour between treatments. Always add muriatic acid by dispersing into pool water opposite the skimmer and disperse as far away from the wall of the pool as you can safely reach. Use care not to drip acid or any chemicals on deck as it will cause deck etching and staining. Do not pour acid over steps, benches, or pool light. Make sure water is circulating.
  7. Clean waterline tile with cleaner a minimum of once a month during peak season.
  8. One month after initial pool start-up, add stain and scale inhibitor on a regular basis.
  9. Always follow manufacturers instructions on product labels.
  10. NEVER ADD WATER TO CHEMICALS - Add chemicals to water.
  11. Always wait one (1) hour between adding different chemicals unless otherwise directed.
    • Filters:
      • Sand Filters: Backwash once per week
      • DE Filters: Backwash once filter pressure increases 8-10 psi above your "clean pressure" noted at start-up.
      • Cartridge Filters: Need to be taken apart and elements need to be cleaned once filter pressure increases 8-10 psi above your "clean pressure." This cleaning should be done at least a minimum of twice a year.

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I have a 24x52 pool added 310# of salt . Have several times read high salt emptied some water, added and have good readings. Then a few days later will get a high salt reading again. i keep repeating the process. What is happening what should I do. Thanks for all helpful advice.

For starters I would bring a sample of your water to a pool store and they usually test it for free. They will then make recommendations. Be certain that everything you add to a pool is necessary based on the test results. If you are draining or partially draing the pool then sometimes chemicals recommended by the pool supply store will not be necessary. The following is what I would do to keep a pool blue:
1. Make sure salt is at the recommended concentration.
2. Only shock the pool to if the chloring level has droped below about 2 ppm.
3. Place the recomended dose of stabilizer in the pool.
4. Make sure pump and filter are working properly.
5. Check the pool chemistry on a daily basis for about a week to. I recommend test strips that at least measure chlorine, Ph and stabilizer.
6. Check the chemistry on a weekly basis and clean the pool and equipment according to the pool instructions.

Smile, you are a pool manager.

Jul 05, 2011 | Intex Automatic Salt Water System for ...

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We have an Intex above ground pool that takes salt and converts to chlorine. We filled it about a month ago and all was fine for a few weeks, then in the past week the water began turning green. We have added two bags of salt total since we filled the pool and there has been no indicator of low salt. We are now running the filter continuously but it doesn't seem to be changing. Any suggestions?

Intex chlorine generators are very low output generators that fail very often. There is a reason they are so cheap. They do not work well. When using a chlorine generator, it is important to test manually for salts and free available chlorine on a daily basis. Just adding salt because you have a generator will not make your pool manage itself. In order to get the most basic chemistry under control, you need to test for alkalinity, calcium, pH, and free available chlorine.

If you do not have the ability to test these things, spend $10 on a 7 in one test strip that will give you this information.

Note: Chlorine generators have more negative aspects to them than positive. There is not a cost savings as advertised with these units. It actually costs more money, and takes more time to care for. The salt is very corrosive to the pump and filter system as well as the pool itself. The long-time cost would be cheaper to run a chlorine or bromine pool.

May 02, 2011 | Intex Automatic Salt Water System for ...

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i have a 18ft x 52 intex pool with salt water chlorinator.green

although you may or may not have enough chlorine in your pool you must also realize that a pool need turned over at least 3 times a day.
an example is if you have 7000gl of water and a 2000gph pump you need to filter at least 10 hours or so.
More important than chlorine is the actual circulation of the water you can have all the chlorine in the world but if you do not have the circulation the water will become cloudy or green this also happens when you have no swimmers for days at a time

the filtration time is over and above the chlorine generating time your 4 hours a night for generating chlorine sound like you are guessing sometimes it may be 4 and sometimes 2 or 6
it depends on # of swimmers a day sun and what was in the pool to start

It is important to have a test kit for ph and chlorine and keep chlorine at 1.0to 1.5 now set your ph
ph will rise and fall with your chlorine level one you have them set good at the first time then ph should stay safe enough and re level as chlorine is kept right

also remeber that the wrong ph causes more problems than wrong chlorine levels

Also make sure your salt is no more than 3000ppm and no higher like some people recommend and no lower than 2500 test kits are available for 10 dollars

all of this can be found on intex.com either in a video or pdf files for water capacity and approximate time for generating chlorine.

to be sure always use test kits

Jul 12, 2009 | Intex Automatic Salt Water System for ...

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Salty taste, high ph levels, algea and have shocked pool twice

I'm just now setting up my Saltwater generator...so don't have your problem - yet! Local pool guy tho said with the saltwater systems you need to add dry acid to the pool almost weekly to keep the ph down. Sounds like what you're experiencing. The dry acid was cheap and came in small-ish containers, should last long time.


Jul 05, 2009 | Intex Automatic Salt Water System for ...

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