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What you need to know as a new pool owner

As a new pool owner, your first thought may be “I can’t wait to jump in and enjoy my pool!” Well of course, who wouldn’t? So here are tips you need to know to increase your pool knowledge and make sure your pool is always well-maintained, so you can spend more time enjoying your pool.


1. Know the size of your pool

Knowing how big your pool is will ensure you apply the exact amount of chemicals required to maintain your pool.

Use the following to help calculate your pool volume.

Rectangular Pools – With Sloping Sides (Pool Volume in Litres)

((Length x Width x ((Depth of deep end + depth of shallow end)/2) x 7.5)/1.15) x 3.78

Rectangular Pools – Without Sloping Sides (Pool Volume in Litres)

((Length x Width x ((Depth of deep end + depth of shallow end)/2) x 7.5) x 3.78

Circular Pools – With Sloping Sides (Pool Volume in Litres)

((Diameter x Diameter x ((Depth of deep end + depth of shallow end)/2) x 5.9)/1.15) x 3.78

Circular Pools – Without Sloping Sides (Pool Volume in Litres)

((Diameter x Diameter x ((Depth of deep end + depth of shallow end)/2) x 5.9) x 3.78

Oval Pools – With Sloping Sides (Pool Volume in Litres)

((Length x Width x ((Depth of deep end + depth of shallow end)/2) x 5.9)/1.15) x 3.78

Oval Pools – Without Sloping Sides (Pool Volume in Litres)

((Length x Width x ((Depth of deep end + depth of shallow end)/2) x 5.9) x 3.78


2. Know the size of your pump and its flow rate

  • Knowing your pump flow rate helps you understand the flow and necessary run time for your filtration system to keep your pool water clean and clear.


3. Follow a basic maintenance routine

  • Keep pool free of debris by skimming, brushing and vacuuming pool weekly to enhance chemical effectiveness.
  • Clean skimmer baskets regularly.
  • Test pool water twice per week.
  • Balance pool water per test results to help protect your pool equipment.
  • Maintain pH levels between 7.2-7.6 to increase swimmer comfort.
  • Sanitize regularly, maintaining 1-4 ppm chlorine levels to keep water clean and inviting.
  • Shock pool water weekly to keep water clear, especially after heavy use and rain.
  • Use a weekly algaecide to protect against algae growth.