Properly balanced water is essential to the maintenance of a swimming pool or spa. Not only is balanced water healthier and more pleasant to swim in, but it also saves you money by prolonging the life of your equipment and lowering your operating expenses through reduced chemical use. D & D is pleased to offer free water analysis with our new computerized testing stations, just drop by with a sample and we will gladly test it and provide you with a printed report.
Four Keys to Basic Pool Care:
Pool water must be circulated for maximum sanitizer effectiveness. The more your water is in motion, the harder it is for bacteria and algae to take hold. Debris is captured by your filter, too. The best time to circulate the water is during the day, for 10 hours or more.
The filter is one of your most important pieces of equipment. It removes both visible debris and most microscopic matter. Generally, a filter should be backwashed (to remove material trapped by the filter media) when the water pressure in the filter reaches 8 to 10 psi above normal. Normal is in the range of 10 to 15 PSI on average. (Check manufacturer's guidelines.) Because backwashing does not remove oils and deeply embedded debris, every filter needs to be chemically cleaned regularly. We recommend at least once a year and definitely following a bad algae problem. D & D can help you establish a filter maintenance program.
Every pool has characteristics that must be regularly measured and adjusted. Most important are alkalinity, pH and the level of active sanitizer. By testing these two factors at regular intervals, you'll understand how bather load, weather and product application affect the water. Test your pool water at least weekly or more often if conditions warrant it. Also, bring a sample to D & D for a free water test at least every four weeks during the season. This will help you maintain proper water balance and greatly reduce the potential for problems.
The last step in a total pool maintenance program is applying the right products to your pool water at the right time. The professionals at D & D will help identify exactly what you need to maintain a sanitary swimming environment and brilliant, sparkling water that's inviting for you, your family and guests.