Answers to Basic Pool Questions





The BioGuard 3-Step Programme is a simple approach to pool care that provides pool water that is safe, sparkling and algae-free in just three easy steps.

STEP 1 – Sanitize  to kill bacteria with Smart Tabs®

Smart Tabs®

Smart Tabs

Smart Tabs is a slow dissolving sanitizer specially formulated with SmartGuard an erosion control agent that makes it gentle on pool surfaces and equipment. The 200g tablets are designed for weir application.  This patented formula significantly slows dissolving when the pump is not running. For this reason Smart Tabs last up to twice as long as ordinary tabs.  For most applications, Smart Tabs will need to be replaced weekly.

Alternative products such as Silk Tabs, Swim Tabs, Swim Clear Floater, Super Soluble and Ultraswim can be used as step 1 if desired.

STEP 2 – Oxidize weekly to keep water sparkling clear with BioGuard Lite


BioGuard Lite

BioGuard Lite is a multifunctional product designed to shock, oxidize, buffer and clarify, for water that is sparkling clear.  Its algae and bacteria killing patented technology will help keep pool water clear and inviting all season long.  There is no need to pre-dissolve. Use weekly for best results.

Alternative products such as Burn Out, UltraswimSuper Soluble or Oxysheen can be used as Step 2 if desired

STEP 3 – Prevent Algae with Back-Up® 2

Back Up 2

Back Up 2, a highly effective, broad spectrum algae preventative which works together with Smart Tabs and Lite to prevent algae before it starts. It works to keep pool water clear and free of visible algae. Simply apply an initial dose at the beginning of the season then add the maintenance dose on a weekly basis. Back Up 2 won’t evaporate and works even harder when water temperature rises, making it more helpful when your pool water needs the most algae protection. Back Up 2 has powerful wetting agents that penetrate pool surfaces to get to places where algae starts growing.

MSA II algaecide and Algi Shield are alternative products for algae prevention.

The 3-Step Programme provides the following benefits:


  • Safe, sparkling and algae free water. The 3-Step Programme ensures that the factors that affect a pool’s well-being are properly controlled and those problems are prevented before they begin.
  • More free time. The 3-Step Programme requires you to spend just fifteen minutes per week taking care of your pool.
  • Less headaches. You will not have problems with algae, cloudy water or poor disinfection if you use the system properly.
  • More fun. Less downtime that results from pool problems.
  • Less RAND’s to spend. The 3-Step Programme is more efficient than trying to use individual products.  It also saves money that would be spent solving problems.