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    I'm new to swimming pools as my new home has one. Never had one and I don't know where to start. The pool is a fair size and I would guess about 4mx8m.
    We haven't moved in yet, but I want to be prepared...

    I have some questions and wondered if you guys could share some secrets on pool maintenance.

    How do you test your water, and how often?
    What do you use to keep your water blue/clean?
    How frequent do you add chemicals?
    How frequent do you add/drain water and how much?
    What cleaning system do you use, filter& in pool cleaner?

    What have you found works and what is absolute NO GO?

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    It depend on a lot of things. First of all, if you have a heated pool, you need to give a lot more attention to chemicals as the green things gets comfy very quickly once above about 25⁰C.

    I run my pool on 31⁰C.

    The most important things to test, are the following:

    1. Alcalinity. This MUST be correct in order to provide a buffer for PH changes. To low alcalinity can make PH change quickly under certain weather conditions.

    2. PH. If this is not correct, the chlorine cannot do the work properly.

    3. Chlorine.

    I went for the saltbath system as I find the water to be a lot more pleasing on the skin and it help that I do not need to add chlorine manually every day or when I am away for a few days.

    If PH and alcalinity is fine and the chlorinator works as it should, I test my water weekly with those simple test strips with the squares on. It works good enough.


    Be very very cautious for adding stabiliser. Once in the water, it cannot get out because of evaporation hence adding water for makeup is no reason to add stabiliser. It works, but if over stabilised, the chlorine cannot work. Thus, you will test high chlorine but cannot understand why the pool is green.

    Water? Add as needed. More in summer, less in winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smiles View Post
    How do you test your water, and how often?
    Let your kids get in, if ther skin stays on, ph is right, if they come out screaming, addmore water!!

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    What do you use to keep your water blue/clean?
    HTH, That is all.

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    How frequent do you add chemicals?
    One cup a day

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    How frequent do you add/drain water and how much?
    Never, backwash uses some water, and you will need to add some now and then.
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    What is regarded as a stabilizer?
    What products do you use for alcalinity, PH and Chlorine control?
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    My parents use poolmagic. Never had a green pool, the water is always crystal clear blue. Does not require a lot of attention and very little chlorine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smiles View Post
    What is regarded as a stabilizer?
    What products do you use for alcalinity, PH and Chlorine control?
    Stabilizer: Cyanuric Acid. Those floating chlorine cans often have it in. Beware.

    Just go to the pool section of the shop. Those things are all lying in little bags there clearly marked. I am not too concerned about brand. Acid is acid.

    Chorine? As said I throw a 50 kg bag of salt in my pool and the chlorinator splits the NaCl.

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    First step I would suggest is to get yourself a pool cover, it minimizes chemicals used and frequency of time spent trying to maintain correct water conditions.

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    Pool Magic, used as directed.

    easy, end of problems....

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    I have a +- 90 000lt pool. I used to buy 10kg HTH + hydrochloric acid every month. Took a water sample to the pool shop every now and then and then walked out with another R200 - R300 worth of chemicals. Total cost around R600 per month. As soon as the weather changed the pool went green.
    One month I decided that I had enough of all the chemicals and bought 2 chlorine floaters, called Brilliant, from Pick & Pay for R50 each. Backwash for about 2-3min and clean filters every sunday. Kreepy Krawly Bull shark runs 2 hours early morning and 2 hours early evening. That's it. Pool has been trouble free for a year now.
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    Blu 52, use as directed. You'll enjoy having a pool.
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    Be very very cautious for adding stabiliser. Once in the water, it cannot get out because of evaporation hence adding water for makeup is no reason to add stabiliser. It works, but if over stabilised, the chlorine cannot work. Thus, you will test high chlorine but cannot understand why the pool is green.
    The best advice so far. The only way to fix an over stabilised pool is to empty it. Also if you want to use a floater thingy make sure it says for non stabilised pools. The more your pool is used the more chemicals it will require, also in hot weather it will require more chlorine.

    In March my pool will be 20 years old and it must be at least 10 years since I last tested the water and it is always sparkling clear. I just look at and feel the water to know what to add but do not try this if you are new to pools.

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    I use the HTH Floater +. (Die een met die half blou deusksynende bo-kant)

    Gooi hom in die swembad en sodra hy begin omval (na so amper 'n maand), gooi nuwe een. (My bad is so +- 60 000 L)

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    The HTH test kit works well. It comes with a booklet with some general info about the testing and how to "treat" the pool based on your test results.
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    Is it a salt pool or other? I have a salt pool and touch is very seldomly

    I take a water sample once a month and adjust as needed

    31 deg C for a pool is just madness - how do you want to cool off in that - may as well go lie in the bath. Mine varies between 17-23 in summer depending on the amount of wind ( has a cooling effect) and the weather) You can cool off in there nicely.

    Salt pools cost a bit to set up but run cheaply - buy the salt from a co-op (animal feed salt) good enough !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardMiddelmann View Post
    .... Mine varies between 17-23 in summer...
    Below 25 and I don't swim... it's too cold. ! !

    (I get 30+ in summer without heating aides )
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    Quote Originally Posted by KobusDJ View Post
    Below 25 and I don't swim... it's too cold. ! !

    (I get 30+ in summer without heating aides )
    Nee man - that's too hot

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    I have also recently bought a house with a pool and used the HTH floater like the previous owner did but the pool has turned green. On closer inspection I noticed a little sticker on the floater that should have been removed to allow the chlorine to get out.

    I also have the HTH test kit to test things like PH which should be between 7.2 and 7.6 for the Chlorine to work properly this can change if large amounts of rain water end up in the pool.

    Using HTH granular chlorine is great but works out very expensive, I use it only to boost the chlorine levels if the floaters are not enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Engel View Post
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    Bioguard Ultraswim is what i use at the moment, till i can get my Chlorinator sorted.
    Once you have had a salt water chlorinated pool you never want to look back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OFFROAD ADDICT View Post
    Bioguard Ultraswim is what i use at the moment, till i can get my Chlorinator sorted.
    Once you have had a salt water chlorinated pool you never want to look back.
    Not my experience. I removed the chlorinator as its electrodes kept packing up. For the last 4 years I use a product with the name "Activator D" - works like magic. One dose about three times a year and always clean and blue.


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