- Clean debris inside and around the pool two times a week, more often if necessary.
- Run pump at least six hours a day, during the daytime. Pump may need to run more if people are using the pool at night.
- Test the water to make sure it is balanced with the proper chemical levels.
- You can use digital test strips: some pool testing companies even let you check the water chemical levels through an app on your phone.
- Calcium (hardness of water) levels should be between 100ppm and 200ppm.
- pH (acid measure) levels should be between 7.4 and 7.6.
- Alkalinity (helps regulate pH) levels should be between 100ppm and 150ppm.
Install a Pool Heater
- Since you’re running your pool year round, there may be times when the water is too cold and needs to be heated up. A pool heater takes care of that.
- Decide whether you prefer a solar or gas heater.
- Gas heaters can run on propane or natural gas.
- Chlorine (sanitizes and oxidizes water) levels should be between 1ppm and 3ppm.
- Some pool owners choose a non-chlorine stabilizer, such as bromine or biguanide. These stabilizers are less harsh on the skin than chlorine but are more expensive.
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