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3 easy DIY pool tips to keep your pool maintained, even in the fall and winter months.

1. Keep it clean. Scoop debris, leaves, bugs both floating and on the pool floor. This also includes emptying your skimmer baskets. This will help prevent your your pool equipment from getting blocked and keep the pool's circulation system working properly and efficiently. Pool cleaners/robots are great for keeping debris off the pool floor, as well.

2. Check your pool chemical balance. Keep the water crystal clear year round. Proper chemical balance keeps the water clear and healthy. This will also prolong the life of your pool walls. Use an at home test kit or bring us a water sample. As always, water tests are free.

3. Check and maintain your water levels. The proper water level must be maintained at all times if you are running your pool equipment year round. Damage to your pool equipment could occur, leading to costly repairs or replacement.

Follow these basic tips for a happy, healthy pool! Stop by or give us a call if you have any questions about your pool care routine. 

Ideal Chemical Level Ranges:

pH: 7.2 - 7.6

Free Available Chlorine (FAC): 1 - 4 parts per million (ppm)

Total Alkalinity (TA): 60 - 120 ppm

Calcium Hardness (CH): 200 - 500 ppm

Stabilizers: 20 - 50 ppm

Calculating Pool Volume

Before you can determine the correct dosage of any chemical you're going to add, it's important to know how much water your pool holds. Make all your measurements in feet. Example: use 12.5 instead of 12' 6".

1. Figure out the average depth of your pool.

  • (deep end depth) feet + (shallow end depth) feet = _______ feet / 2 = (average depth) feet

2. Calculate your pool's capacity using one of the formulas below.

Pool Shape

  • Rectangular or square: (length) feet x (width) feet x (average depth) feet x 7.5 = (pool capacity) gallons

  • Oval: (maximum length) feet x (maximum depth) feet x (average depth) feet x 5.9 = (pool capacity) gallons

  • Circular: (diameter) feet x (diameter) feet x (average depth) feet x 5.9 = (pool capacity) gallons

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