Pool Care Basics

Five essentials make up the basics of pool maintenance. Understand these categories of care so you have an overall idea of what you’ll need to do. (With the help of your BioGuard® Dealer, of course.) Paying regular attention to these areas is your best guarantee for getting maximum pleasure from your pool.


Pool water must be circulated to maximize your santitizer’s efficiency. The more your water is in motion, the harder it is for bacteria and algae to take hold. More debris is captured by your filter, too. It’s best to circulate the water during the day for 10 hours or more.


The filter is a very important piece of equipment. It removes both visible debris and most microscopic matter. Check the filter manufacturer’s guidelines to see about backwashing. This process removes material trapped on or in the filter media. Your filter also needs to be chemically cleaned regularly since backwashing does not remove oils and deeply imbedded debris.


All swimming pools include areas that have little or no circulation, where algae and bacteria can begin to grow. At least once a week, brush and vacuum the walls and floor. Brushing is a must, even if you use an automatic pool cleaner or retain a weekly service.


Certain pool characteristics must be regularly measured and adjusted. Most important are pH and the level of active sanitizer. Test these two factors weekly. Also, take a sample to your BioGuard Dealer when you open and close your pool, and every four to six weeks during the season.

Proper Water Maintenance

Make sure you apply the right products to your pool water at the right time. Your BioGuard Dealer can give you precise instructions on what to do. That’sa big part of their job – and one of the most valuable services that come with the BioGuard brand.

Rick SilvagniPool Care Basics