Doing it the right way can mean the difference between a summer
of fun and a summer of headaches! Follow these easy and important steps
to ensure a smooth, carefree pool opening in the spring. And remember,
your local BioGuard® Dealer is always ready to assist with information
tailored to your specific pool care needs.
1. Remove pool cover (skip this step for new pools) Drain off any accumulated water on the cover away from your pool. Once removed, clean with BioGuard Stow-Away® to prevent sticking and odors. Store in a dry place, free of debris and protected from the sun and weather.
2. Fill your pool
Your pool should be filled to the middle of the skimmer opening to allow for proper circulation.
3. Check your pump, skimmer basket and filter
4. Get your water tested
Be sure to circulate pool water 24 to 48 hours before taking a water sample. Use a clean plastic container, provided by your BioGuard Dealer
, to scoop from elbow-depth (away from skimmers and returns) about one quart of water. Seal the container and take it to your BioGuard Dealer
for testing and analysis.
pioneered the idea of computerized water analysis. Over the past 25
years, we have used our resources to research, develop and refine the
science of water analysis. Today
ALEX, our computerized water analysis system
provides accurate results almost instantly. You will receive
personalized instructions for starting your pool with step-by-step
5. Test sanitizer and pH
You can test
sanitizer and pH yourself using the BioGuard 1200V Test Kit or BioGuard
Test Strips to check free chlorine, total bromine residuals and pH
levels and Total Alkalinity. Use the following chart to determine proper
Free Chlorine residual:
1.0 to 4.0 ppm
Total Bromine residual:
1.0 to 4.0 ppm
7.4 to 7.6 is ideal range (7.2-7.6 is acceptable)
125 to 150 ppm (or 80 to 150 ppm for saltwater pools)
Calcium Hardness (plaster and SoftSwim® pools):
200 to 275 ppm
Calcium Hardness (all other types):
175 to 225 ppm
6. Routine maintenance
Routine maintenance is the best way to maintain your pool. And with BioGuard’s easy-to-use 3-Step
and Once-A-Week 3-Step
pool care programs, it’s as easy as 1-2-3! We even have a non-chlorine system, SoftSwim®
, and salt-based systems including Mineral Springs®
. We have you covered!