In the world of pool ownership, there are several terms and expressions that are well-known. Many pool owners are familiar with the three C’s of pool care because of the importance that is placed on stressing these three necessities, but a refresher course on the basics is never a bad idea. At Bonnie & Clyde’s you’ll find all the pool chemicals you’ll need as you do your pool-prepping and maintenance. Keeping the three C’s of pool care in mind will be helpful as you prepare the pool for a summer of fun.
1. Chemistry – Keeping the Chemicals Balanced
Balancing water chemistry sounds daunting, but the more you do it, the easier it becomes. During swim season, you’ll get plenty of practice with water testing, as two weekly tests are recommended. Before you swim, you always want to make sure that the chemicals are at the appropriate levels for your safety and for the sake of your pool.
There are three important levels to monitor regularly—chlorine or other sanitizer, total alkalinity, and pH. The sanitizer (1-3 ppm) is necessary for cleansing and killing contaminants, but too much can be harmful to your body and to the pool itself. The total alkalinity (80-120 ppm) tests the water’s ability to undergo changes in the pH levels. The pH (7.2-7.8) indicates the acidity of the pool water.
2. Cleaning – Keeping the Pool Pristine
No one wants to swim in a dirty pool. A clean pool takes a little effort, but the result is very satisfying. We have several automatic cleaners for you to choose from, and our friendly staff can tell you the features each one offers that make them convenient. Using a vacuum weekly is ideal, and making sure that the filter is working effectively will also help keep the pool pristine. A skimmer and a brush can be useful for various cleaning tasks as well.
3. Circulation – Keeping the Water Moving
When the pool water is moving, the chemicals are circulating and able to work their magic. In a perfect world, running the pump and filter 24 hours a day would be the best option. Since this is not financially feasible, a good goal is to run the pump for 1 hour for every 10 degrees of temperature. That means a 100-degree day would get 10 hours with an active pump. Running the pump and filter while you are sleeping can save on electricity costs as well. The filtration system is the heartbeat that keeps a happy pool healthy, and we can help you find the pump your pool needs.
Contact the Experts
Bonnie & Clyde’s has been serving the Fort Worth Metroplex for over 40 years, and in the pool and spa industry, we are known for our expertise in above-ground pools. The Three C’s of Pool Care are vital for excellent pool maintenance, and our experienced team can assist you as you perfect your skills with these necessary maintenance tasks. Visit any of our six locations to get the supplies, assistance, and answers you need.