Pool Maintenance & Water Chemistry

A weekly pool maintenance schedule is key to keeping your pool water safe and healthy and to avoid pool shell damage. Things to keep in mind:

  • Maintain water levels
  • Check pool equipment
  • Empty skimmer basket and remove debris from pool surface with scooper
  • Water chemistry check especially chlorine and pH levels (weekly with home tests strips and monthly at local pool shop)

To ensure the warranty of your pool, it’s recommended you take a sample of your pool water to be tested professional every month. You can also get small strip test kits so you can test you pool water at home each week. If you are adding pool chemicals to your pool, make sure to follow the instructions on the product or talk to our experienced staff at Rippleside pools for more information.


pH levels

pH tells us how acidic or basic the water is and these levels will determine if the water is safe or not to swim in. The pH of a swimming pool should be between 7.2 and 7.6. Other pool chemical can affect the pH levels.


Chlorine Levels

Chlorine keeps your water clean and safe for swimming. If Rippleside Pools installed your pool your salt chlorination levels should be kept at 2-3 parts per million (PPM) however, this can vary depending on the sanitation system you have installed on your pool. Too much chlorine in the water can damage pool equipment and shell so make sure to get this checked regularly.

Winter chlorine levels – if Rippleside pools have installed your pool you will have a salt mineral chlorinator therefore you need to lower your chlorinator to 1-2 PPM during the winter months.



Shocking refers to adding chlorine chemicals to pool water to raise the ‘free chlorine’ level with the aim to destroy bacteria and algae and remove organic and inorganic waste (sunscreen, leaves, bird poo and bugs). Make sure to test the water at least 2-3 hours after shocking the pool to make sure chlorine and pH levels are safe for swimming in. If there has been heavy rain this reduces the chemicals in your pool so shocking the pool water is sometimes required after heavy rainfall.


Guide to maintaining ideal levels of pool chemicals:

Test weekly:

  • pH: 7.4 – 7.6
    pH is the level of acidity of the water. Incorrect levels can cause skin or eye irritation, and for other chemicals to be less effective, allowing nasty bacteria to remain present
  • Chlorine: 1.0 – 3.0 ppm
    Chlorine is used for sanitising the pool water and is essentially responsible for killing bacteria. The warmer the water, the more chlorine your pool will require
  • Total Alkalinity: 80 – 140 ppm
    This is the level of alkalined substance in the water and is important for keeping the pH level in line
  • Cyanuric Acid: 25 – 50 ppm
    This acts like a chlorine stabiliser to ensure you don’t end up with an unnecessarily high chlorine demand


Test monthly:

  • Calcium Hardness: 200 – 400
    This is the level of how much calcium is dissolved in your pool and can determine how “hard” or “soft” your pool water is
  • Total Dissolved Solids: 500 – 5000 ppm
    This is just as the name suggests- a total of everything that has dissolved in your pool water, including minerals, pollen, algae, sunscreen etc

*PPM stands for parts per million


Disclaimer: Each pool installation is different, and pool, filtration, heating, and chlorination systems can vary, so please make sure to check with your pool specialist before following any of the above information.

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