Whether you have a pool, spa, or water feature, everyone wants beautiful, clear, sparkly water, working equipment and easy upkeep and maintenance. The few suggestions below will help make your summer water experience less labor intensive and more enjoyable for you and your guests.

To achieve beautiful, clean, healthy water conditions:

*After a heavy rain or bathing load, “shock” the water in your pool or spa. “Shock” means to add 1 lb. of chlorine to 10,000 gallons of water to reach break point chlorination. Break point chlorination is the oxidation (burning off) of organic material in the water. (To figure gallons: length x average depth x width x 7.5= total gallons.)

*Include algaecide to control algae in routine water clarity maintenance. Follow instructions on the particular algaecide for parts/gallons.

*Add a phosphate remover to remove phosphates that leech in from lawn and gardens around the water as phosphates are a food source for algae. Again follow label instructions.

*Maintain a ph of 7.2-7.7 for body comfort and for sanitizers to function properly. Purchase a good quality test kit to show ph levels. Tests should be taken 1 hour after chemicals have been added and filtration system has been cycled.

*Chlorine is the most cost effective way to kill algae. Chlorine dissipates in 3 to 4 hours so will not harm people, birds or other animals. Chlorine is safe to use in birdbaths, horse tanks, pools, fountains, and spas as long as these guidelines are followed.

*Keeping algae at bay and water chemistry within the 7.2 to 7.7 range gives added life to pumps, heaters, filters and plumbing. As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention…”

*Follow these helpful suggestions and enjoy many hours of fun and recreation in your “wow” water!