Baltimore Swimming Pool Information

Tips & Tricks

Opening Your Pool

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Performing your pool opening the right way can mean the difference between a summer of fun and a summer of headaches! Follow these important (and easy) steps to ensure a smooth, carefree pool opening in the spring. And remember, we are always ready to assist with information tailored to your specific pool care needs.

  • Remove pool cover (this step may not be necessary for a new pool)

    Drain off any accumulated water on the cover away from your pool. Once removed, clean with BioGuard Stow-A-Way® to prevent sticking and odors. Store in a dry place, free of debris and protected from the sun and weather.
  • Fill your pool

    Your pool should be filled to the middle of the skimmer opening to allow for proper circulation. The pool pump requires water to operate and may not prime if the water level is too low. 
  • Check your pump, skimmer basket & filter

    If the drain plugs were removed from the pump, they should be reinstalled.  All winterization plugs should be removed from the skimmers and wall returns.  Follow manufacturer guidelines for preping all of your equipment, cleaning systems and controls for the season. 
  • Get your water tested

    Be sure to circulate pool water 24 to 48 hours before taking a water sample. Using a clean plastic container (or better still, one that we provide), scoop about one quart of water from elbow-depth. Seal the container and bring it to us for testing and analysis.

    BioGuard pioneered the idea of computerized water analysis. Over the past 40 years, we have used our resources to research, develop and refine the science of water analysis. Today, our computerized water analysis system provides accurate results almost instantly. You receive personalized instructions for starting the pool. Help keep your water perfectly balanced by bringing in a water sample at least once every month during the pool season.
  • Test sanitizer & pH levels

    You can test sanitizer and pH levels yourself using the BioGuard 1200V Test Kit or BioGuard Test Strips to check free chlorine, total bromine residuals and pH levels and Total Alkalinity.

    Use the following chart to determine proper levels:
    • Free Chlorine Residual: 1.0 to 3.0 ppm
    • Total Bromine Residual: 1.0 to 3.0 ppm
    • pH: 7.4 to 7.6 is ideal range (7.2 -7.6 is acceptable)
    • Total Alkalinity: 125 to 150 ppm
    • Calcium Hardness:
      • Plaster pools: 200 to 275 ppm
      • All other types: 175 to 225 ppm
  • Routine maintenance

    Routine maintenance is the best way to maintain your pool. And with one of BioGuard's easy-to-use 3-step pool care programs, it's as easy as 1-2-3!



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