Answers to Basic Pool Questions





Preparing your pool for Summer

Doing it the right way can mean the difference between a summer of fun and a summer of headaches! Follow these important (and easy) 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 pools not using covers)

Drain off any accumulated water on the cover away from your pool. Once removed, clean cover and store in a dry place, free of debris and protected from the sun and weather.

2.  Top up your pool

Your pool should be filled to the middle of the skimmer / weir opening to allow for proper circulation.

3.  Check your pump, skimmer basket & filter

Make sure everything is in order.

4.  Get your water tested

Be sure to circulate pool water 24 to 48 hours before taking a water sample. Using a clean plastic container (or better still, one that your BioGuard dealer provides), scoop about one litre of water from elbow-depth. Seal the container and take it to your BioGuard Dealer for testing and analysis. BioGuard pioneered the idea of computerised water analysis. We have used our resources to research, develop and refine the science of water analysis. Today, our computerised water analysis system provides accurate results almost instantly. You receive personalised instructions for starting the pool. Help keep your water perfectly balanced by bringing in a water sample at least once every month during the Swimming season.

5.  Test sanitiser & pH levels weekly

You can test the pool water yourself using the BioGuard Test Strips to check free chlorine, pH levels and Total Alkalinity. Use the following chart to determine proper levels.

Free chlorine residual 1.0 to 3.0 ppm
Total Bromine residual 1.0 to 3.0 ppm
pH 7.4 to 7.6 is ideal range (7.2 -7.6 is acceptable)
Total Alkalinity:
Plaster pools
All other types
80 to 125 ppm
125 to 150 ppm

Calcium Hardness:
Plaster pools
All other types

200 to 275 ppm
175 to 225 ppm

6. Routine maintenance

Routine maintenance is the best way to maintain your pool. With BioGuard’s easy-to- use 3-Step Pool Care Programme, it’s as easy as 1-2-3!