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Pool Tips

Many of the most common pool care problems can be avoided, or at least minimized by simply mastering a few basic concepts. BioGuard has developed the 5 keys of pool care. Today we will be looking at number one: Circulation.

Circulation of pool water is very important. the more the water moves, the harder it is for problems to come up and properly circulated water insures that the pool chemicals that you use are properly mixed throughout the pool.

The vast majority of water problems are related to poor or inadequate filtration and/or circulation. Before you begine to treat water quality problems with chemicals, be sure to check the operation and maintenance of the pump and filter.

Water is a universal solvent. Given enough time water will dissolve most metals or minerals into solution.

Calcium hardness in pool water is an important water balance characteristic, water that has to little calcium in the pool the water will pull calcium from the plaster of the pool surface. 

Ideal range for calcium is 200-275ppm for concrete pools and 175-225 for vinyl, painted and fiberglass pools.

Stay tuned for more tips on how to manage calcium hardness in your pool.

In our previous article we learnt about alkalinity and its importance in pool care. Today we're going to tell you how to manage and control the alkalinity of your swimming pool. 

BioGuard Balance pak 100 is used to raise total alkalinity in your swimming pool. Its pre measured bags makes it convenient and accurate when it comes to dosing your pool. It can be used on all pool types and saves you money as it could decrease chlorine usage as well. 

Balance pak 100 is available in 1kg bags from our online store.

Use 180g of balance pak 100 per 10 000L to raise total alkalinity by 10ppm(parts per million)

It is highly recommended to apply pool magnet before large total alkalinity adjustments.

In short total alkalinity is a measure of the ability of the water to resist pH change. If the total alkalinity of water is kept between the ideal range 80-125 ppm (plaster pools) and 125-150 ppm (other pools), It acts as a buffer against change in pH.

So if it rains heavy or a lot of people go for a swim, the total alkalinity absorbs the shock of pH changing events and the pH doesn't bounce around.

If alkalinity is low pH will bounce around dramatically making it difficult to keep water clear and comfortable.

If total alkalinity is too high you face problems of cloudy water, dry skin, scale formation, and an inactive chlorine residual.

Stay tuned for products that will help control total alkalinity in our next article.