How to Winterize an Above Ground Swimming Pool

emperatures are dropping and fall has arrived! Now is the time to start thinking about winterizing your above ground swimming pool. If you live in a freezing climate, or just don’t plan to use your pool for a few months, it’s a good idea to close your pool. It will save you money on chemicals and power bills, and if you DO live in a freezing climate, winterizing your pool protects it from damage that can be done when things freezes.

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What is the right Cyanuric Acid Level for Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs?

The two most important factors to consider in terms of balancing your cyanuric acid levels are whether your pool uses a salt water generator and how much direct sunlight your pool receives. Most salt water manufacturers recommend higher cyanuric acid levels than traditional chlorine pools.

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The Relationship Between pH and Total Alkalinity

Maintaining both pH and total alkalinity in your swimming pool is important for keeping your pool properly sanitized and non-corrosive. Total alkalinity is to pH what cyanuric acid is to free chlorine. Total alkalinity stabilizes pH levels. The ideal pool pH level is 7.4 to 7.6. The ideal total alkalinity level is 80 to 120 ppm.

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