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How will I know when my filter needs to be cleaned and how should I clean it?

The first sign that your filter is dirty is the pool starts to loose flow (water to and from the filter). The pool water may look milky or cloudy. Determine filter pressure by looking at the pressure gauge (located on the top of most filters).  Good pressure is generally between 8 – 12 psi. […]

My pool’s water balance is perfect but the water is cloudy or milky. Why?

This is often caused by one of two things: a lack of filtering (or a dirty filter) or a lack of shocking or boosting the chlorine level.
First: Make certain it’s not your filter. Check to make sure your getting good filter pressure by looking at the pressure gauge (located on the top of most […]

What are the normal chemical readings I should get when testing my pool?

Swimming Pools 

Chemical 
Proper Range
Notes

Ph Level
7.4 – 7.8 ppm
low Ph can corrode pool equipment

Alkalinity Level
80-120 ppm
stops ph bounce

Chlorine/Bromine Level
1-3 ppm
ppm = Parts Per Million

Stabilizer Level
 
helps protect chlorine levels

Calcium Hardness Level
 
important for gunite pools

Salt Level (Salt Generator)
3100 ppm
 

 
 
 

 

Spas & Hot Tubs 

Chemical 
Proper Range
 

Ph Level
7.4 – 7.8 ppm
 

Alkalinity Level
80-120 ppm
 

Chlorine/Bromine Level
3-5 ppm
ppm = Parts Per Million

Stabilizer Level
 
 

Calcium Hardness Level
 
 

Salt […]