Get product information, tips and general advice on how to properly maintain your pool.

Pool 101: Understanding Your Pool

Would you like help in understanding your pool? Are you a new pool owner or thinking about building your dream pool? You’ve come to the right place! At Hayward, consumers reach out to us every day with questions about pool ownership. They know we are passionate about pools. We’re excited to help families enjoy a trouble-free pool experience and an improved lifestyle. Not only that, but we bring the best in technology to pool owners, with energy-efficient and cost-saving products. These are just a few of the many reasons Hayward was named EPA ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.

Guide to Heating Your Pool

Heating your pool is the best way to maintain a comfortable water temperature. Pool heaters extend your family’s pool season and allow everyone to enjoy a swim, long after the sun has gone down. What is the best method of heating your pool? It can be confusing! And finding the best quality equipment that delivers the highest energy and operational savings can be challenging. Let’s look at the benefits and options.

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How to Take Care of a Salt Water Pool

Wish you had a salt water pool? Want to learn how to care for a salt water pool? You’ve come to the right place! Hayward is an innovator in salt water sanitization and an expert in salt water pool maintenance. Hayward’s industry leading residential and commercial salt water pool systems turn your pool salt into a self-regenerating supply of pure chlorine for clean, clear, and luxuriously soft pool and spa water. Along with easy maintenance, it's no wonder so many pool owners are converting their traditional chlorine pools to salt water pools! To maintain a salt water pool you’ll need to keep your filter, pump, and skimmer clean and in good operating condition. With salt water pools, you must inspect the salt chlorinator cell and replace it when needed. Test regularly for proper water chemistry to maintain clean, clear pool water.

DIY: Shocking Your Pool

How to Shock a Pool

Shocking your pool is a great way to bring things back into balance. You’ll enjoy the pleasures of swimming in crystal clear pool water by regularly maintaining and shocking your pool. Shocking your pool breaks up combined chlorine (chlorine + contaminants). Understanding Chlorine When testing your pool’s chlorine level, it is important to first understand how chlorine is classified. Free Chlorine: The desirable chlorine available to sanitize or disinfect the water. Combined Chlorine: Undesirable, bad-smelling chloramines that form when not enough free chlorine is present to overcome the chlorine demand. Total Chlorine: The total amount which includes both free and combined chlorine. How Shocking your Pool Works Contaminants can get into pools and combine with chlorine. If the free chlorine level is not concentrated enough, it can cause the contaminant to become inert without fully removing it. Combined chlorine (or chloramines) are ineffective in breaking down harmful bacteria and undesirable organisms. Shocking a pool elevates the free chlorine level to 5-10 ppm. Elevated levels of free chlorine break up combined chlorine. Once your pool has been shocked, the water will be clean, clear, and safe for your family to enjoy. Shocking your Pool FAQ When is it time to shock your pool? Every couple of weeks during the swimming season. When your pool is outside of the recommended free chlorine levels of 1-3 ppm. Shocking your pool will raise the chlorine level. What about a salt pool? Yes, even salt pools need a little help once in a while. Salt water pools utilize a chlorine generator to convert salt into chlorine. You can adjust the generator to increase the level of chlorine produced to counteract higher chlorine demands caused by contaminants. However, even salt water pools need to be shocked when the generator cannot keep up with a heavy load of contamination.