MAXIMIZE YOUR CHLORINE
  • Open the pool early

    • Opening and getting the pool circulating and filtering early can avoid the commencement of algae and cloudy water that will require additional chlorine to correct.

    • Pools opened early require minimal sanitizer additions to remain clear until temperatures begin to rise.

  • Close the pool late

    • Basic circulation and filtration along with minimal sanitizer will keep pool clear until the cover goes on. The cleaner the pool is when closed, the easier it will be to open and get clear in spring

  • Keep water balanced

    • Balanced water will provide optimal conditions and ensure sanitizer efficiency while protecting equipment and providing bather comfort.

    • pH 7.4-7.6

    • Total Alkalinity 100-120 PPM

    • Calcium Hardness 150-275 PPM (vinyl) 200-275 PPM (concrete)

    • TDS  < 2000 PPM

  • Reduce evaporation

    • Lowering temperatures and covering pool when not in use can reduce the consumption of sanitizer

  • Run pump and filter 24/7

    • Circulation and filtration compliment chemistry, reducing filtration and circulation can increase demand on chemistry to maintain water

  • Clean filter regularly

    • Ensure optimal filtration at all times to physically remove as many contaminants as possible to ease the sanitizer requirements.

    • Backwash sand filters and clean cartridges often. Consider a specialized filter cleaning treatment

  • Ensure optimal circulation

    • Strategic positioning of inlet returns (eyeballs) can promote best circulation

  • If heating, keep pool temperature lower

    • Warmer water requires greater amounts of sanitizer. Lowering temperature even slightly can reduce chorine consumption

  • Use maintenance algaecide treatments

    • Using an algaecide proactively will kill algae and allow chlorine to focus on killing bacteria

  • Be aware of different types of chlorine and the properties of each

    • Liquid versus granular versus tablets

    • Stabilized versus Unstabilized

    • Health Canada regulated

  • Maintain phosphates at lower levels

  • Use enzyme treatments

    • Using enzymes to address non-living waste contaminants (sunscreen, hair care products, oils, pollen) will ensure efficiency of sanitizers and oxidizers is not compromised

  • Check sanitizer levels frequently

    • Ensure 3-5ppm (chlorine) 2-4 PPM (bromine) being maintained at all times

    • Monitor and Adjust feed accordingly – lower/remove feed when too high, increase feed when too low.

  • Maintain proper Stabilizer level

    • Ensure adequate Stabilizer (CYA) level. Insufficient Stabilizer (CYA) will lead to sanitizer loss to UV

    • Desired Range

      • 25-75 PPM (pools using stabilized sanitizer)

      • 50-75 PPM (pools using unstabilized sanitizer – salt pools)

    • Avoid overstabilization (excess CYA levels). Elevated CYA levels require greater amounts of sanitizer to accomplish the same task.