From the 5 Keys to Pool Care, I developed the 5 Pillars & 3 Foundations of Pool Care. These Pillars & Foundations of swimming pool care, when followed, provides you ease of pool chemicals maintenance with beautiful clear, soft & sanitary water. Selling pool supplies is one thing, expertise is where we shine!
The 5 Pillars:
Sanitize - Control Bacteria
Shock - Oxidize Swimmer & Environmental waste
Water Balance - bather comfort & protection of the pool and its equipment
The 3 Foundations:
Prevent & remove Biofilms
Optimize the pool
Maintain a constant & consistent level of Sanitizer in the Pool - Is the first Pillar of swimming pool care. But what does that mean? It means to constantly keep a good, solid level of chlorine, bromine, biguanide or other sanitizer in the pool water at all times.
Chlorine 1.0 - 2.0 ppm, Bromine 2.5 - 4.5 ppm, Biguanide 30 - 50 ppm, PristineBlue® 0.5 - 1.0 ppm
When maintained at those levels, bacteria & algae are kept under control. The water feels & smells clean. Higher levels are typically unnecessary unless recommended by your Pool Professional in certain circumstances such as pool parties. Slow-dissolving Chlorine such as BioGuard® Silkguard Complete Tabs & Sticks, can be applied to the pool through the skimmer or automatic chlorinator.
Bromine must always be dispensed using a brominator. Biguanides such as BioGuard® Soft Swim® or non-chlorine Pristine Blue® (not a biguanide) are both liquids that typically added only once every 2 weeks.
Add algicide weekly or at least every 2 weeks to prevent algae growth is the second Pillar of swimming pool care. A good quality algicide (concentrates sold in quart sizes) backs up the chlorine or sanitizer in case it is exhausted due to heavy bather load or heavy rain.
Good quality algicides such as BioGuard® Back Up® or Algae Complete® are also good surfactants. Surfactants are pool chemicals that like to cling to or hang around surfaces. They help to make the water "wetter". Because they like surfaces, they stay where algae likes to grow.
Not using an algaecide on a regular basis is asking for trouble somewhere down the line. You could have a beautiful clear, blue pool one day, then it rains & it has been transformed into a green monster - and you have a pool party in 3 hours! Regular shocking & algaecide would have prevented that sorry mess.
Shock the pool weekly or at a minimum every 2 weeks (biguanides shock every 3 to 4 weeks). Shocking oxidizes unfilterable wastes & breaks up chloramines that lead to cloudy water, algae, smelly pools & red eyes.
Pool owners who don't regularly shock their pool (they think they're saving money) always end up with bad cloudy water & algae problems and they wonder why they use so much chlorine.
Shocking puts the sparkle back in the pool water. Shocking breaks up the waste that attaches onto the sanitizer & prevents it from doing its job. Shocking is a good thing to do before a party to prevent icky water from developing while the party is going on AND after to eliminate all of the "stuff" that got left behind. In bromine pools, the shock recharges the bromine to make it last longer.
Use the appropriate type of shock for your pool. BioGuard® Burn Out 3 or Smart Shock® for chlorine & bromine pools. Soft Swim® "C" for biguanide (Soft Swim® or Baquacil®) pools. Pools that use ionizers such as Nature2® should use the chlorine shocks mentioned above or BioGuard® Easy Shock & Swim®.
Shock the pool at start-up or opening (even if the chlorine or bromine level is good) to oxidize & neutralize contaminants that have hung in over the winter. After that follow a regular weekly schedule.
Maintain good water balance as a serious part of swimming pool care Without good water balance, the sanitizer and other pool chemicals doesn't work properly or efficiently. The water can become cloudy (high pH) or aggressive (low pH - water is often times really clear). You'll also protect your friends & family who use your pool. Learn more about Good Water Balance with Key 4 - Water Testing.
Maintain the following levels:
Without the filter system running, your swimming pool won't and can't stay clean, sparkling & sanitary, plus swimming pool care takes longer. Pool chemicals don't circulate. Your filter needs to run a MINIMUM of 8 to 12 hours every day that the pool is open. Those customer who choose to run the filter 24/7 have the best water quality!
For details on Circulation & Filtration, click here.
Now make things even better by supporting the 5 Pillars with the 3 Foundations. The 3 Foundations of swimming pool care using specific pool chemicals are designed to get to the critical core issues of Bacteria, Algae & Waste control.
When you remove and control the growth of biofilms in the swimming pool environment, you rid the pool of a host of problems. Biofilms contain 95% to 99% of bacteria found in pools!
Since biofilms are very resistant to other pool chemicals, swimming pool care can be more difficult.
BioGuard Optimizer Plus is probably one the best pool chemicals you're not using for swimming pool care . We have successfully used Optimizer Plus® for over 20 years in combating White Water Mold & Pink Slime along with other.
Optimizer Plus®, when used properly, suppresses algae growth, helps allow the sanitizer to do a better job at killing bacteria, acts an additional buffer for the pH & Total Alkalinity making water balance simpler.
Optimizer Plus® is added at the start of the season & is topped up only as needed. Optimizer Plus® is great to use in ANY pool, with any sanitizing system.
When used as a regular part of your pool care, ActivNzyme consume, break-down or "eat up" swimmer and environmental contaminants & wastes (especially greases & oils) that otherwise consume a lot of your pool chemicals - chlorine, bromine, other sanitizers & shock treatments.
ActivNzyme contains a propriety, broad range, pure batch blend of natural active enzymes that continually break down build-ups of all kinds of waste in pool water. Water feels softer & silkier. Pool surfaces & equipment stay cleaner longer with significantly less work.
ActivNzyme's formula also removes excess phosphates that feed algae.
Additional benefits: reduction of biofilms, great at combating White Water Mold & Pink Slime. Clearer, cleaner looking & feeling water.