How long should I run my swimming pool?
That depends on the time of year. There is a specific equation to determine how long your pool should run. As a rule of thumb, you should run your pool at least 1 hour for every ten degrees of the average high temperature, ie; Highs in the 90s’ = 9 to 10 Hours of run time. Pools over 20k gallons or older pools plumbed with 1.5” plumbing may need longer run times.
What are the recommended levels for water chemistry?
Total Alkalinity (adjusted) 80ppm – 120ppm
To calculate adjusted alkalinity, take your Total Alkalinity ppm – 1/3 Cyanuric Acid ppm = Adjusted Alkalinity
pH 7.2 – 7.8 pH Scale
Chlorine 1ppm – 3ppm
Calcium Hardness 200ppm – 400ppm
Cyanuric Acid (Stabilizer) 20ppm – 40ppm
How do I know when my filter should be cleaned?
Manufacturers of DE and Cartridge filters recommend to have the filter broken down and cleaned at least twice a year. Some filters may need to be cleaned more often depending on the swimmer / debris load on the pool.
How long should I wait to enter a pool after it has been treated?
This will depend on the amount and what chemicals have been added to the water. For a normal maintenance treatment, it could be as short as 3 hours, for more aggressive treatments like shocking the pool, we would recommend waiting at least 6 to 12 hours.
How long will it take to heat my pool?
Most spas will heat to a maximum temperature of 104 degrees in about 45 minutes. Most people will heat a pool to the 80-degree range, it will usually take 24 hours of continuous run time to achieve a desired temperature. It will help if you aim all the returns in the wall towards the bottom of the pool.