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Frequently Asked Questions

Pool Care FAQs

Maintaining your new swimming pool is essential to ensuring you and your family can enjoy your new backyard oasis for years and years to come. Whether you’ve had experience caring for a swimming pool or you’re new to pool ownership, we have answered some of the most common pool care questions to help you keep your new outdoor addition clean, safe, beautiful and functioning properly.

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How do I open my pool?

  1. Siphon water off of cover top (if using water bag cover).
  2. Uncover the pool (usually folding the cover like a fan or map works best). Lay it out in the sun to clean and dry before storing.
  3. Begin filling the pool with water (you can do this in advance to save time). Pull all plugs from return lines/jets and skimmers.
  4. Reconnect your filter, pump, heater and chemical feeder (in that order):
    -put sight glass, pressure guage back into multiport valve.
    -put ¼” plugs back into front of pump basket.
    -put drain plug back into base of filter tank.
  5. Check all of your O-rings and gaskets to make sure they are not worn or brittle. Applying lubricant and teflon tape on threaded plugs (pressure guage, sight glass, ¼”, etc.) is always a good idea.
  6. Prime the pump: add water to the pump basket and put the lid back on; you may even need to put the garden hose into the skimmer to get plenty of water flowing to the pump quickly.
  7. At this point, you can turn the pump on:
    a. if the water is still low and you have a main drain keep plug in skimmer and run thru main drain only.
    b.If you don’t have main drain you will have to have water midway into skimmer before running.
  8. Put all of your accessories (ladders, handrails, diving board & slides) back on the pool.  **Make sure ladder bumpers are put back on ladder.**
  9. Now you are ready to clean the pool: vacuum, skim the top, clean the liner and steps.
  10. Let the pool run for approxiamately 12-24 hours and bring in a sample of water for testing. Balance out the pool completely.
  11. Now jump in and have FUN FUN FUN!!!

How do I Care for my pool?

It’s a lot easier to maintain your pool than to rescue it. The BAQUACIL Pool Care System is so easy to use that pool owners sometimes forget the routine chores they have to do with any pool sanitizing system. If you don’t let maintenance problems develop, you’ll never have to fix them. This guide is your handy reminder to the simple steps of general pool upkeep.


Brush & Vacuum Your Pool Regularly

Regular weekly brushing and vacuuming are key to keeping your pool clean and clear. When dirt and other debris accumulate, they can cause surface staining, bacterial growth or algae formation. Weekly cleaning helps to keep these problems away.


Test Weekly

Because BAQUACIL SANITIZER AND ALGISTAT is more stable and lasts longer than chlorine, you don’t have to check the levels as frequently. Checking once a week is sufficient. Many families find that Saturday morning is a good time to schedule a few minutes for routine testing, top-up and additions. Add BAQUACIL ALGICIDE at this time.



To keep it simple, pick either the first or the last Saturday of each month to add BAQUACIL SHOCK AND OXIDIZER after you’ve completed your regular weekly testing addition.


Every Month, Have a Water Sample Analyzed

Your pool professional can help you prevent problems. A quick monthly water sample analysis is the best way to keep your pool in top condition. Fill a clean, plastic container with pool water and take it to The Pool House for a comprehensive analysis. Your dealer will determine any steps you might need to take to keep your pool sparkling clean. Remember, prevention is the best cure, so follow these tips for a hassle-free pool all season long.


Keep Water Clean with Proper Water Circulation & a Clean Filter

Your pool will stay clearest if you circulate the water for at least 8-12 continuous hours a day. We recommend cleaning your filter with BAQUACIL FILTER CLEANER or BAQUACIL SAND FILTER CLEANER at least two times a season, mid season and when you close your pool, to quickly and easily dissolve and wash away deposits. If your pool is uncovered during the off season, clean your filter again before the swimming season begins.

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The Pool House Ltd. is a family-owned and operated above ground pool dealer and pool builder in Henry county, Virginia. Since 1988, we have custom-designed and installed over 1,400 pools in Henry, Franklin, Patrick, Pittsylvania and Rockingham counties.

6215 Virginia Avenue
Bassett, VA 24055