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Pool Care

A Crystal Clear Pool

The Swimming Pool Warehouse has a number of useful tips to keep your pool crystal clear. Just follow these simple steps:

  • You MUST run your pool motor from 10 am until 6 pm everyday.
    NOT AT NIGHT! This is a must June through September.

  • Keep 2 jumbo tabs in the floater during the winter months and 4 jumbo tabs in the floater during the summer months.

  • SHOCK YOUR POOL EVERY 30 DAYS, June through September. Use 2 gallons of liquid chlorine or 2 packs of granular shock. It is best to let your pool run a full 24 hours the day you shock it.

  • WATCH THE ACID. Acid is the most important part of water chemistry. Pools are using about a quart of acid per week – but always check water with your test kit.

  • During the winter, keep 1 jumbo tab in the skimmer and run the pool motor about 6 hours, day or night.

How To Clear Up A Green Pool

The following procedure must be done after 6:00 PM and cannot be done while there is direct sunlight on the pool.
  • If you CANNOT see the main drain, use 12 gallons of liquid chlorine, 1 quart of acid, and 1 quart of algaecide.

  • If you CAN see the main drain, use 6 gallons of liquid chlorine, 1 quart of acid, and 1 quart of algaecide.
IN EITHER CASE, THE POOL MUST RUN CONTINUALLY FOR 72 HOURS.
  • Do not allow the pool to shut off within this time.
  • Backflush filter or hose off cartridge every 24 hours for 3 days.
  • Watch the acid level. Acid level is the most important part of water chemistry.

How To Kill Black Algae

  1. Shut off the pool motor.

  2. Open a container of QUICK KILL. Broadcast powder directly on all black spots. (Steps, cracks, chipped areas, etc.)

    It is important to have the QUICK KILL powder virtually on top of the spots wherever possible.

    If the black algae spots are on your walls, pour some of the powder down the side so it lies in the curve just below the spot.

    Let QUICK KILL set for 6 to 8 hours.

  3. Re-start the pool.

    You may have to brush some of the black algae areas to knock off the dead spots.

  4. Add 1 quart of algaecide and let the pool run for 24 hours.

REMEMBER:
  • Black algae did not grow overnight. It is caused by low levels of chlorine and acid over months of time.
  • Black algae usually will not surface when water is below 72 degrees, but grows like crazy in water 80 degrees and above.
  • It loves to grow for those of you that run your filter at night instead of during the day, especially May through September. (Your pool does not care at all about your load controller.)

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