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11 Steps to maintain your swimming pool like a professional

11 Steps to maintain your swimming pool like a professional

11 Steps to maintain your swimming pool like a professional

If we would ask you what you enjoy the most about your swimming pool, there’s no way you would say: “I love maintaining it.”

Cleaning and maintaining your swimming pool can seem like an endless exercise sometimes. You might even have found a great routine that seemed to work very well – until something in your water balance is way off and it looks like you’ve missed something.

In our experience, maintaining and cleaning your swimming pool regularly will help you keep your water balance perfectly. And in the end having a clean, well maintained and balanced pool will enable you to enjoy your pool while actually saving you time and money. That is why we would like to share our step-by-step guide to a professionally maintained pool.

Step 1: Clean the Deck/Surroundings

The first thing you would want to do is clean the surroundings of your pool, whether that is a deck, tiles, garden etc. A lot of leaves and dirt can accumulate in your pool surroundings and end up in the pool. Keeping your pool surroundings clean will help prevent getting dirt, debris and algae in your pool.

Step 2: Check the Equipment

A lot of people that try to find what the problem is with their pool, solely focus on the water in their pool but forget to check the performance of their equipment and what happens to your water outside the pool.

There are a few signs that indicate your filtration system might not be performing optimally. If the pressure of your pool filtration system is lower than usual, it means that something has clogged up before the filter (skimmer baskets, air in system). If the pressure is higher than usual, something is clogged up after the filter. This is usually due to a dirty filter but could indicate a broken filter as well. Is this not the case? Check your return lines to see if (one of) these might be closed for a reason.

It is good practise to check your equipment regularly to make sure it is operating as it should. When you know what the pressure of your pool equipment should be, you can follow up when it is lower or higher than usual. Besides checking the pool equipment, also check the pipes for leaks etc.

For a Bionizer pool we recommend checking your anodes (and recalibrating the pH probe if you have a pH Boss) to make sure these are all still functioning and not worn.

Step 3: Fill up your pool if necessary

If your pool needs filling up, we recommend placing the hose on the edge of the pool instead of throwing it in the water. This way you won’t forget that it is still on. Trust us, it happens quite often. You wouldn’t want to waste any water.

Step 4: Empty the skimmer baskets

Full skimmer baskets have more impact on the performance of your pool equipment than you might think. An overfull basket reduces the circulation of the water flow through the filtration system due to the suction load on the pump.

Besides that even though your pool may seem to be rid of leaves and small particles, they are still in the water in the skimmer basket. In the skimmer basket the debris still forms a big biological load which promotes algae growth and cloudy water by using up copper ions that would otherwise stay free in the water. When you empty the skimmer basket, make sure to check that it is not broken or damaged.

Try a skimmer basket “sock” from time to time to remove fine surface particles which cloud the pool water. Wash and replace the skimmer sock every several days. Especially useful during windy spring/summer when plants are shedding fine particles and pollen.

Step 5: Removing debris with a leaf rake

Now that you have cleaned the debris in your skimmer basket, it is time to remove any big leaves or debris with a leaf rake. Just as in the skimmer basket, leaves in your pool can affect the pH level and contribute to algae growth.

Step 6: Brush

The next step is to brush the walls and steps in your pool. Brushing the pool will kick up all the small particles that have settled on your walls and steps. Make sure the pool pump is running while you do this so the skimmer can catch the particles before they get a chance to settle down again. You could also combine this step with the next step: Vacuum your pool, especially if you have an automatic pool cleaner.

This is also a good time to add a clarifier (try Bionizer Blue) which will in trap the smallest particles of matter in the filter. Backwash the pool around 12 hours after using a clarifier. This will prevent the small particles from finding their way through the filter and back into the pool water.

Step 7: Vacuum the Pool

To make sure you get rid of all the (smaller) particles in the water, it is time to vacuum the pool or put your automatic pool cleaner in the pool.

If your automatic/robotic pool cleaner has a bag, empty it after it has cleaned your pool so it will be clean and ready for the next session.

Step 8: Clean the Filter

With the extra work that vacuuming has caused the filter, the pressure in the filter may have increased. When cleaning your pool, once the pressure gauge goes to 50kPa above the "clean filter" pressure, it's time to backwash or clean the filter. You might even have to do that during the cleaning process if your pool is quite dirty.

If there is no increase in pressure, there is no need to backwash the filter just yet.

It is good practise to check your filter medium regularly. A filter with old medium will require a lot more power and pumping to achieve the same results as a new/clean filter medium. Keep in mind: the harder your pool pump has to work to keep the water moving, the more noise it will make, the more power it will draw and the more it will increase the temperature in the filter.

Step 9: Check Your Pool Balance Levels

One of the most important steps in keeping a perfectly balanced pool is regular pool water testing. You can use our Bionizer test kits to test your pool water.

For a Bionizer pool we recommend the following levels:
- pH: 7.0 – 7.4
- Total Alkalinity: 80 – 120 ppM
- Phospates: < 0.5 ppM
- Calcium Hardness: 200 – 250 ppM
- Copper Ions: 0.5 – 0.6 ppM in summer, 0.3 – 0.4 ppM in winter

If your levels are not where they should be, balance your pool water according to the Snap Pool Balance Chart, see image below or page 35 of the Bionizer Instructions.

Is your copper level far below the required range? Start the Bionizer boost function and use copper levels from your recent test (see Bionizer Instructions). Otherwise, simply adjust the output settings of the Bionizer to get the right amount of copper ion output.

Are you having trouble getting your balance right? Check our troubleshooting page for suggestions and tips.

Snap Pool Balance Chart:

Snap Pool Balance

Step 10: Weekly Treatments

After following all the above steps your pool should be almost perfect. If you do any other regular treatments on your pool, now is the time to do so (algae treatments or clarifier).

Try Bionizer Ionlife+ for a new way to make your pool bulletproof to turning. Great if your maintenance regimen is a tad slack or if you are leaving the pool for a period and going away.

If you do go away for a while then make sure you clean and balance the pool before going. We also recommend adding some Ionlife+ and get a neighbour or friend to pop in once or twice to empty the skimmer box, check the water levels and give the pool a brush.

For our Bionizer customers: If you don’t have an Eco-Oxidizer that gets rid of the hazy appearance that sometimes appears due to body oils, sun tan lotions and swimmer waste, make sure you add an oxidiser to the pool. You could use liquid chlorine but if you are looking for chlorine free solutions we recommend using Potassium Monopersulphate or Hydrogen Peroxide. If you add around 300ml of liquid chlorine per 50,000 litres after sun down, follow up with several hours of filtering and the chlorine can do its job and stay in your pool overnight. It will be burned off by the sun by 9 am the next day leaving your pool water polished up and crystal clear again.

Step 11: Almost done

Now that you have checked your equipment, you have rid your pool of any debris and your water balance is perfect, it is time to put all the test kits, supplements and equipment away. Don’t forget to turn of the hose that you might still have in your pool.

We recommend cleaning your pool regularly, but we understand that sometimes you just simply don’t have enough time or energy to do it all. Our most important tip: Keep testing and balancing your pool water. Give the pool a thorough brushing every week or so as well: the old tricks work the best!

Keep this in mind:

It is usually easier and a lot less expensive to prevent issues from occurring in the first place than it is fixing them after they appear.

Enjoy your pool!

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Customer Reviews

Jenny T. (South East Queensland, QLD) 01/2021

Product Review
Our new bionizer pool is a game changer. After 12 years as a Learn to Swim Teacher it is a treat to spend time in our pool and not smell like chlorine. The Fresh Water Pool is always inviting.
We choose a bionizer pool system to avoid the use of chemicals. It is so wonderful to eliminate harsh chemicals from our pool maintenance routine.
The support team are always available and ever helpful with any query we have as new bionizer customers.
Our family of 4 children & 3 grandchildren, all mermaids, love the beautiful bionizer pool. They spend all day in there and never stingy eyes or chlorine smells.
So pleased we made the change!

Stephen English 10/2020

Google Review
We have just been through the third winter with our pool. In January we bought a pHBoss so we now have all three devices. The pHBoss is so good that I have not had to add anything to the pool apart from one dose of buffer since late January. A completely automatic pool! Fantastic! A 31.5 degree pool and we swim in it nearly every morning around 7 am.

Gregory Peck 11/2020

Facebook Review
We highly recommend these products and this company for quality and excellent service. We have been investing in the Bionizer System for two years now and our pool has never looked better or clearer. The low maintenance required now has ensured it has already paid for itself. I am especially happy that we feel safe swimming regularly especially with my wife's medical condition and her rehab time required in pool. No more strong chlorine smell can only be a positive and good for you. You will be really happy. Do it

Joel 02/2021

Product Review
I use my pool every day summer and winter. I am running the Bionizer unit, Eco oxidiser and PH Boss -55,000L pool with glass filter. My pool has never look better since installing, I love that fresh water feeling. Keep your water balanced and let Bionizer do the rest, best investment I have made for our pool.

Paul H (South East Queensland, QLD) 03/2021

Product Review
When my saltwater chlorinator failed after only 3 years, and the second saltwater cell in 3 years failed at the same time, not surprisingly my pool went as green as your front lawn! I thought there has to be something better than this so I did some online research and stumbled across Bionizer's website. I thought this sounds to good to be true. I did lots of research and spoke to Brian whose knowledge about pool water is second to none! Although it was virtually double the price than replacing the saltwater chlorinator and cell, I was attracted by the claims of the virtual eradication of chemicals and significantly less pool pump use which saves in electricity costs. I was also attracted significantly to the claims around the quality of the water with no chemicals in it and the benefits to skin and health of swimming in what would apparently be like drinking water. I bit the bullet and bought the Bionizer complete with the Eco-oxidizer and the PH Boss.

It took about 2-3 weeks, around 50 litres of liquid chlorine, a couple of phone calls and lots of advice and guidance from Brian and a lot of consistent perseverance but we eventually got the pool water balanced and cleared and now it is crystal clear. The Bionizer was installed around mid January 2021 so for the last few weeks, the pool has been clear and looking wonderful. I have done next to nothing since except test copper levels each week and ensure the water remains balanced and that's it! I've not had to do anything else and the claims are true!!

As someone who suffers from chronic urticaria (hives) and other allergies, swimming in chlorinated water was doing nothing for my skin or allergies. Now I get out of the pool and my skin is not irritated. There is no more trademark tackiness of your skin that you get with chlorinated water. This system is simply fabulous!! I am delighted with the results and would strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to kiss goodbye to all those awful chemicals, the endless trips to the pool shop for water analysis, the ever increasing costs of all the chemicals and the hours spent labouring trying to keep your pool water from going green!

Do yourself and everyone who swims in your pool a huge favour and install the Bionizer system. I'm sure you will conclude it will be one of the best decisions you ever made!!!

Robert Rovere 12/2020

Google Review
We first bought a Bionizer at the start of 2019 to try it and recently also bought the Eco Oxidizer to take our commitment to the next level because we were so happy with our purchase. We were astounded at how little maintenance our pool has needed since we added these quality products to the upkeep of our pool. The initial outlay has already paid for itself in full quite easily since.

Visitors even comment on how clean they feel in our pool and they love that there is no chlorine smell on their body or hair. Skin conditions like my eczema are not aggravated and my wife who has MS now feels confident to exercise daily and feel safe about spending all that time in the pool due to the health benefits of using our Bionizer. The pool always looks good and I have attached pictures for you to see for yourselves.

On a personal level the staff at this company are a pleasure to deal with, very caring and compassionate to their customers needs and give excellent service as they are very passionate about health and their products. If you are thinking of investing in these products then you will be very glad you did.