Pool Maintenance FAQ

Is pool maintenance a mystery to you? Tired of fighting with pool chemicals and pH testers? Find a few answers with our pool maintenance tips.


What affects my sanitizer’s ability to do its job?

The sun, algae and swimmers – just to name a few. Your sanitizer has built-in protection from the sun’s harmful rays and the power to prevent algae and bacteria growth. Sanitizers reduce the need for acid additions and leave no messy residue behind. Sanitizers are simply the most convenient solution for a trouble free pool.

Can I use less sanitizer in my pool?

Yes! Fast-acting algaecides prevent all types of algae and reduce your sanitization needs. Your dealer can recommend the best fit for your pool. Pool care and maintenance is easy with algaecides.

Why do I need to make sure my pool water is properly balanced?

When your pool water is balanced, your sanitizer will be more effective, and your water will be dazzling. Your family and friends will feel more comfortable, and the pool’s surface and equipment will last longer. Improve the effectiveness of your pool system and the life of your pool with balancing products.

Can I improve the comfort of my pool water?

Yes! Periodically, your sanitizer needs an extra boost. Shock products will take your pool water from dull and flat to sparkling and clear while eliminating eye and skin irritation and improving water comfort at the same time.  Shock your water on a routine basis with a oxidizer, and put the comfort back in your pool water.

What else can I do to maximize my swimming experience?

A clean filter, pristine tile surfaces, and the clearest water will all contribute to your overall pool enjoyment. With supplement products, you can achieve your best pool environment. Supplements are the finishing touch to quality pool care. Ask your pool care professional how you can maximize the use of your pool.

How often should I shock my pool?

It is important to shock your pool every 1 – 2 weeks on a regular basis. Shocking the pool on a regular basis is an important element in keeping your pool clear and clean. Swimmers and the environment add waste to the pool that must be eliminated on a regular basis in order to prevent problems such as algae and cloudy water.

How often should I use algaecide in my pool?

Algaecide should be added to your pool water on a weekly basis. Preventing algae is the key to fun in your pool. Algaecides act as a backup to your normal sanitization program and prevent algae from growing in your pool. Algaecide should be added after every shock treatment.

How often should I test my pool water? Why is it important to test my pool water?

Testing your pool 2-3 times a week is important for maintaining adequate water balance and sanitizer levels; plus, it ensures swimmer comfort. Test strips are a quick (30 second) means to test the pool for adequate sanitizer levels as well as pH and total alkalinity. Proper testing also ensures that calcium levels are maintained and that there are no metals present in the pool water.

What are the recommended levels I should look for when testing my pool water?

pH 7.2 – 7.6
Total Alkalinity 120 – 150 ppm
Calcium Hardness 200 – 250 ppm (Concrete Pools)
Calcium Hardness 175 – 225 ppm (Vinyl Pools, Above Ground Pools, Fiberglass Pools, Swim Spas )
Free Chlorine 1 – 3 ppm
Free Bromine 3 -5 ppm
Metals: Copper 0 ppm
Metals: Iron 0 ppm

What is pH and how does it affect my pool water?

pH is the measure of acid and base in the pool water. The pH of the pool should be tested and adjusted, if necessary, on a weekly basis. If the pH of the pool water drifts to the acid side of the scale, corrosion of pool surfaces and equipment can occur. If the pH of the pool water drifts to the base side – scaling, deposits, and cloudy water can occur.


*All information found at http://www.regalchemicals.com/faqs*

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