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Pool Care Basics

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Have you recently had a pool installed, or bought a house with a swimming pool, and you find yourself thinking that you feel completely overwhelmed with where to start?

Caring for and maintaining a new swimming pool can certainly be intimidating to people unfamiliar with this process. The good news is that while there is a steep learning curve to swimming pool ownership, once you get some of the basics under control you will find that it is a fairly easy process after all.

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Check Water Chemistry

We encourage you to check your water weekly with a home test kit and and checked at least once a month by a professional.

It's easy to maintain a pool that has it's chemistry in balance.

Levels to check

  • Free and Total Chlorine
  • Cyanuric Acid
  • Calcium harness levels (especially gunite pools)
  • pH

Your local pool supply store can assist you in getting your pool levels in line or you can call us and we can service your pool.

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Pool Pump

Run your pool pump 8-10 hours a day during the season. If temperature is above 88 degrees, you should run the pump 10-11 hours for the best pool care.

You should clean out the skimmer every other day when there is a lot of debris in the air.

If you think your pump is not working properly, give us a call and we'll check it out.

We install: Pentair IntelliFlo2 Variable Speed pool pump


Swimming Pool Filters

There are two types of pool filters.


Cartridge: Clean out at least XX

We install: Pentair sand filter


Pool Salt Chlorine Generators

How it works?

1) Water and dissolved salt flow through the generator cell.

2) Through electrolysis it is converted into chlorine.

3) Chlorinated water is returned to the pool. Once the chlorine has finished purifying the pool of contaminants, it reverts back into salt and the cycle repeats.

How much salt do I add?

Check your owner’s manual or start-up guide for the manufacturer’s recommendation on salt level range, which can vary by pool salt system. You will also need to know your pool capacity, or size in gallons, to add the correct amount of salt. Typically, the salt level required to maintain a safe, chlorinated pool is about 2700 to 3500 PPM (parts per million).

Adding 8 lbs of Pool Salt will raise salt levels 100 ppm, per 10,000 gallons of pool water. Likewise, 80 lbs. of pool salt (two 40 lb bags of pool salt) will raise salt levels by 1000 ppm, per 10,000 gallons. For example, a pool of 20,000 gallons would need twelve (12) 40 lb. bags of pool salt to reach 3000 ppm

Where do I add the salt?

When adding salt, brush it around until it is dissolved. This is accelerated by turning your pump on, opening the bottom drain and pouring the salt over the drain, rather than walking around the perimeter while adding the salt. It is recommended that you continue to run the pump for 24 hours so the salt can spread evenly throughout the pool. Keep your generator off until the salt is dissolved.

How often will I need to add salt?

After the initial dosage of salt, you will only need to add salt when it drops below the recommended minimum. The most common ways salt is lost is through leaks, rainwater overflow, filter back washing, and splash-out/carryout.


Chlorine generators require very little maintenance. Although many systems are self-cleaning, with a reverse polarity feature that removes scale build-up, the salt cell should still be removed and cleaned on a yearly basis. Most salt system manufacturers recommend cleaning the salt cell by soaking in a mild solution of muriatic acid and water, or use Acid Magic as a safer, low-fume alternative.

How long will the salt cell last?

Most residential salt cells are rated for approximately 10,000 hours of operation. This typically translates to 3 - 5 years, depending on pool volume, cell size and the sanitizer demands of your pool.

We install: Pentair IntelliChlor Salt Chlorine Generator


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Pool Opening

Get the season started off right! There is no better way to kick off your swimming pool season than trusting the experts to do the dirty work. We have fully trained and equipped service technicians ready to tackle your swimming pool opening. The needs of our customers range from simply getting the cover off of the pool and starting the filtration system to completely cleaning the pool and balancing the water chemistry. We are able to establish a plan and pricing to suit your individual need. Our service technicians are able to diagnose any issues that may be present and offer any necessary repair options.


Pool Closing

Arguably the most critical aspect of swimming pool ownership is the proper closing of the pool. If done properly it will provide you with years of hassle free use. Done wrong and it can cause extensive damage and a costly repair bill to any or all components of your swimming pool. Daudelin Pool Services provides you with a thorough closing of your swimming pool giving you peace of mind knowing that you are protected.