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.

Understanding Free Available Chlorine (FAC)

Healthy pool water is achieved by using a chlorinator to kill bacteria, control algae and destroy organic contaminants.

Q: What is free available chlorine (FAC)?
A: Free available chlorine is the amount of active chlorinator in the water.

Q: What is the correct amount of FAC?
The FAC in your pool should be 1-4 ppm.

Q: Why should the FAC be at that level?
Below 1 ppm can cause algae problems, cloudy water, swimmer rashes and bacteria problems.

Q: What should you do if your FAC is less than 1 ppm?
A: Just add poolife® chlorinator or shock treatments until you reach the desired FAC level.

Q: How often should I test for FAC?
Test at least twice a week during the summer season (daily is better).