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                     POOL MAINTENANCE 

Am writing about the pool maintenance action plan this is the basics of pool maintenance and I'm gonna give you-actionable tips to keep your pool clean and clear all year long

                How do I keep my pool clean

The three C's of pool maintenance this is something that I've come up with over the years and there's three things there's circulation the most important part of pool care then we're going to talk about cleaning your pool and then finally pool chemistry the water chemistry if you can master these three areas of pool maintenance you will have a crystal clear pool all the time and it's safe to swim in and everybody will be happy including your friends and family

  1. Circulation

  so let's just dive in pun intended we're gonna start with circulation so circulation is like I said the most important part of pool care and there's a few things we're gonna go over so first we're gonna start with running your pump and filter system ideally on a if if things were great and we had a lot of money I would I would recommend that you run your filter 24 hours a day seven days a week all the time that's the best circulation it's like your body your body's constantly circulating blood your pool should be constantly circulating water but that's just not realistic and so I recommend that in the summer or when it's hot that you run it 8 to 12 hours a day closer to 12 hours a day would be great that's that's that's highly recommend it and if it's colder if you keep your pool open all year long you can run it to about 4 to 6 hours a day if you have a variable-speed pump you may be able to drop it to a lower speed and keep running all the time and actually save yourself some money so that'd be good also if you run your filter system at night you might save a little bit but a little bit of money because not everyone has their electricity on and so you're actually saving some some money there but if you .i recommend hot summer day 12 hours a day and you can split that up 6 hours here 6 hours there and that's there commendation there so running your pump and filter system the most important now we're going to talk about angling your jets so you have jets that are in your pool that are pushing you know once the water goes through your skimmer basket through your filter system it gets pushed out through your jets you might have step Jets you might have just one jet gave an above-ground pool you may have multiple Jets if you have an in-ground pool and what you're seeing is you want to angle some of the Jets at about 8 o'clock and the reason we do this is so that water can be pushed underneath to the bottom of the pool and then that water will come backup and then the other one you know if you have more than one jet you want to keep it spinning in a clockwise motion so if you have your skimmer that's right next to your return jet your turn Jets should be facing away from your skimmer so that it creates a whirlpool and gets back into your skimmer but I like to keep my jets at around 8 8 o'clock 7:30 s 7 o'clock you know right kind of diagonal in that direction so that'sit's pointing down and you can get that and that'll help if you have any dead spots in your pool there's a you know might you might have a corner or acre vice that just doesn't get a lot of water it might help with that and that's super important then we're going to talk about cleaning your skimmer and pump baskets so your skimmer or multiple skimmers if you have an in ground pool gets filled with debris if you check these every single day and just empty them out that's gonna help the flow of water go through your filter system and it's just gonna make your circulation better on top of that you have a pump basket you have a basket in your pump and you want to make sure that that's also clean e dour that won't be as filled with the debris as your skimmer baskets because your skimmer baskets are the first line of defense and then it moves into your pump but you want to make sure that those are free and clear of debris so it helps the water get through your filter system now we're going to talk about filter maintenance because the filter is the heart of your pool and if it's clogged well you know what happens so we're gonna talk about a sand filter first so if you have a sand filter great one of my favorite filters are very easy to use and you want to make sure that you backwash it every once in a while because when it builds up with pressure then it's clogged and it needs to be back wash it needs all the gunk that the filter has been collecting pushed out of the backwash port and the way we do this is there's that pressure gauge on the top of your sand filter or on the side depending on which one you have and you want to make sure that right after you backwash you take note on where your pressure lies and pressure is pounds per square inch which is psi and you want to see how many pounds it's operating at when it's clean you might see it between 10 and 15 psi that's pretty normal and if it's if it goes 10 pounds over that well that means your filters clogged and you need to backwash it so you want to back wash your sand filter you won't do this very often because you know unlike your heart the more clogged it gets them ore it helps to filter out things so that's actually a good thing but too much is too much then we're going to move on to a cartridge filter there is no back washing with a cartridge filter what you do here is you you actually take the cartridge out of the filter system and you rinse it down with a hose or yous oak it overnight in a cleaning solution this may not have to be done nearly as much as a sand filter but just make sure that your cartridge is always clean eland if the again the the pressure gauge here is your indication on when you have to do that if you you know have a very clean cartridge filter and you'rerunning at about 10 to 15 pounds per pressure great once it reaches 20 to 25 pounds per pressure it's time to shutoff your filter system take apart your cartridge filter and clean the cartridge inside or even replace it and then finally we're talking about a d filter these are the only three types of pool filters and a d filter very powerful at cleaning a pool but it does need to be back washed every once in a while and when you backwash it you need to replace the d that you back washed out of the pool in d stands for diatom sebaceous earth which is a fine white powder and you want to be very careful when you use this stuff because it is a carcinogen so just wear a mask wear some protective eye gear when you're dealing with this white fine white powder and the pressure gauge again that's your indication if you need to backwash or not like I said earlier ten pounds over pressure over normal running pressure it is time to back wash those are the three filters and how to keep them clean.

         best pool maintenance chemicals

TriChlor: 3” tabs, or 1” tabs or sticks. With cyanuric acid. Add them to a chlorine floater or a installed chlorinator.
DiChlor: granular. With cyanuric acid. Powdered form acts quickly to chlorinate pools, fountains or spas.
Bromine: 1” tabs. Great for spas; works better in hot water, and can be regenerated by shocking. More pH stable as well.
Cyanuric Acid: Liquid or dry chlorine stabilizer. Protects chlorine from damage by UV rays. Small amounts are added to dichlor and trichlor; add extra if pool was drained, to maintain 30-50 ppm. Drain some water and refill if CYA levels get much higher than 50 ppm.

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