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  • Clean, remove and store the pool cover, according to the manufacturer’s recommendations
  • Make sure all pool equipment -- including hoses, filters, skimmers, pumps and electrical connections -- is free of debris, in good condition and in proper working order
  • Bring the pool water up to the proper level
  • Remove all surface and submerged debris
  • Turn on the pump filter and make sure all skimmers, bottom drains and filters are working properly
  • Run the filter for two to three hours, and then test the total alkalinity and pH of the pool water Make adjustments with pH Minus, pH Plus, Alkalinity Booster​ and Stabilizer Conditioner​ as needed
  • Treat the water with an algaecide such as Algaecide 60% Concentrated
  • In the early evening, test the chlorine levels
  • Shock the pool using a shock product; add shock product as needed
  • Wait until the total chlorine level drops to 3 parts per million (ppm) or less before entering the pool

Follow a regular pool care maintenance schedule to avoid problems. For help with a specific question, you can call our free helpline at 1-800-SOS-POOL (767-7665)