Spa Operation Tips
Daily Pool Operation
- Pool Filter should run at least 8 to
10 hours per day (24 hours per day is best). Set your pool
timer or remember to run the pool manually if you don’t
have a timer. If you are not running your pool 24 hours per
day, it is best to have it running during the daylight hours
(instead of night).
- Make sure your skimmer baskets are
empty and clear of leaves or other debris.
- Chlorine must be added to the pool
daily in one of the following ways:
- Best method is to place 3 Inch Slow
Dissolving Stabilized Chlorine Tablets in the skimmers once
per week (4-6 tablets are normal for 16x32 pool).
- Next best method is to use an
Automatic Chlorinator. Make sure the unit is full and that
the dial is set to a level that gives you a good daily
chlorine reading depending on how long you run your system.
- Next best method is to use a Chlorine
Floater with Slow Dissolving Chlorine Tabs inside it. Keep
Floater in pool at all times and refill it weekly or as
- Next best method is to manually add
either Granular Chlorine or Quick Chlorine Tabs to pool
skimmer every day. Don’t forget !!!
- Completely backwash filter.
- Test water for Chlorine, pH and
- Adjust pH and Alkalinity as needed.
- Add Chlorine to pool.
- Vacuum pool floor and walls if
- Shock pool and add Algaecide.
- Check and adjust water level as
needed. Water should be half way up the skimmers.
Basic Water Chemistry
- Is acting as the main sanitizer to kill algae and bacteria
in the pool water. The level should be between 2.0 and 3.0
on your test kit. During hot weather, high readings are
- Is the level of how acidic the pool water is. You must
maintain a good pH level or your chlorine will not work
effectively. The level should be between 7.2 and 7.6.
- Is a pH stabilizer. It helps to keep the pH within the
proper levels so that the chlorine can work effectively. It
reduces pH “bounce”. The level should be between 100 -
- Also known as Cyanuric Acid, this chemical forms a
protective bond around the chlorine, making it more
resistant to being burned off by the sun. Makes chlorine
tablets last longer. Stabilizer levels should be checked and
adjusted each season. Also, pools should be stabilized
whenever a large amount of fresh water has been added. The
level should be 35 ppm and is adjusted by adding Stabilizer
/ Conditioner (Cyanuric Acid).
- Good water chemistry can only be achieved when all four of
these chemical levels are kept constant. Good Alkalinity
helps keep the pH in the right range so that the chlorine
can do its job properly. Stabilizer keeps more of the
chlorine in the water instead of being wasted !