Pool Maintenance

Simple Steps to Sparkling, Clear Water
A pool is a thing of beauty. And keeping it that way is simple. Following the professional advice in these pages will help you prevent problems before they start and solve problems as they occur. Choose a topic from the pull-down menu below and we’ll help you maintain your pool at its ideal condition.

Routine Care & Maintenance

Owning a pool can make every day seem like a holiday. But like all good things, a pool needs care and attention if you are to get the best out of it. Clear, sparkling, pure water doesn't just happen by itself. This guide will help you achieve that brilliant water quality.

Why is it necessary to treat water at all? The answer is that swimming pool water is re-circulated and constantly reused. Bacteria, viruses and other micro-organisms are carried into this water by bathers. Some of these organisms may be harmful to health and must be destroyed before they can pass from one bather to another. Dirt and impurities can also be introduced by bathers, wind and rain and need to be removed to achieve good water quality.

Water treatment must also be carried out to prevent the growth of algae - tiny aquatic plants which can rapidly turn your pool water or pool surfaces green. Finally, water must be treated to ensure the pool, equipment and fittings come to no harm through corrosion or scale formation.

The poolife® Routine Maintenance Program

4 Easy Steps to the Most Brilliant Clean Ever Seen.

  1. Test the pool water and adjust the pH. Then select your preferred poolife® Pool Care System.
  2. Chlorinate and clarify to keep bacteria at bay 24-hours a day. Use your preferred poolife® Sanitizer.
  3. Shock once a week to clear up cloudy water, kill algae, and destroy organic contaminants and much more. For best results use calcium hypochlorite based poolife® TurboShock® shock treatment or poolife® Rapid Shock® shock treatment.
  4. Prevent algae, especially in the hot summer months by adding your preferred poolife® Algaecide once a week.

Routine Maintenance

Your pool water should be tested for pH, free available chlorine (FAC), total alkalinity (TA), calcium hardness (CH) and stabilizer levels. Testing your pool water is a very simple way to ensure your pool has balanced water. Take a sample of pool water to your authorized poolife® Dealer each month during the summer season for a detailed analysis. Use poolife® 6-Way test strips to measure for pH, free available chlorine and total alkalinity. Test strips are a quick and easy alternative to the traditional test kit.

Ideal Ranges

  • pH: 7.2 - 7.6
  • FAC: 1-4 ppm (parts per million)
  • TA: 60-120 ppm
  • CH: 200-500 ppm (up to 1,000 is acceptable)
  • Stabilizer: 20-50 ppm

Helpful Tips

  • Wait 24-hours after a shock treatment before testing for FAC or pH.
  • Rinse the collection container a few times with pool water. Do this before and after each use.
  • Collect water that is 18 inches (about an arm's length) below the surface and away from an inlet pipe.
  • Test the water promptly after collecting it.
  • Replace all test solutions at the beginning of the summer season.
  • Always correct the TA before adjusting the pH.

For personal professional advice, visit your authorized poolife® dealer.

Routine Pool Care Summary


  • Test and adjust the pH and chlorine levels
  • Run your filtration system 8-12 hours a day during summer (12-hours is recommended).


  • Test the Total Alkalinity level.
  • Shock treat with your preferred poolife® shock treatment product.
  • Add a preventive dose of your preferred poolife® algaecide.
  • Remove leaves and other debris from pool.
  • Empty skimmer and pump baskets.
  • Brush pool floor and walls. Check water level and top up if necessary.
  • Check filter pressure and backwash only if required (follow manufacturer's recommendations).


  • Take a pool water sample to your authorized poolife® Dealer for a full water analysis. This should include: pH, FAC, Total Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness, TDS, Cyanuric and Metals.