The Ultimate Pool Maintenance Quiz

The Ultimate Pool Maintenance Quiz
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About This Quiz

Some people consider their pool to be a big money pit. Minimize your expenditures by learning some pool maintenance tips. Take the plunge by taking this quiz on pool maintenance.
What is the secret to pool health?
habitual care
Habitual care of the pool should result in a healthy pool.
irregular care
seldom care

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What may be the result of regular pool skimming?
help the efficiency of the pool's circulation system
decrease the amount of chlorine needed
both answers
Skimming the surface of the pool every few days may help the efficiency of the pool's circulation system and decrease the amount of chlorine needed to maintain pool health.

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How often should you clean the strainer basket?
twice a week
once a week
Cleaning the strainer basket at least once a week may help the efficiency of the pool's circulation system and decrease the need for chlorine.
every two weeks

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To keep the pool water clear, how often should you vacuum the pool?
twice a week
once a week
Vacuum the pool every week to keep the water clear and reduce the amount of chemicals needed.
once a month

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How can you minimize the growth of algae buildup on pool walls and tile?
brush pool walls
brush tile
both answers
To decrease the amount of algae, brush the pool walls and tile.

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How many different types of pool filters are available?
one
three
Three types of pool filters are available: cartridge, sand and diatomaceous earth. Each type may have different maintenance requirements.
five

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Who is qualified to service the pool heater?
The pool owner
a professional
There are many pool maintenance jobs than can be done yourself, but servicing the pool heater is not one of those. To service the heater, call a professional.
both answers

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How often should a gas-powered pool heater be serviced?
every year
every two years
Every couple of years may be sufficient.
every five years

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How high should the pool water level be?
above the skimmer
To protect the pool pump from damage, keep the water level above the skimmer.
below the skimmer
neither answer

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For pool health, what is the ideal pH measurement?
6.8 to 7.0
7.2 to 7.8
Maintain the pool's pH levels between 7.2 and 7.8.
7.8 to 8.2

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How do you measure the pool's pH?
test-strips
reagent kit
both answers
There are two test methods to measure pH: test-strips or a reagent kit.

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What organic contaminant is present in pool water?
ammonia
nitrogen
both answers
Ammonia and nitrogen may build up in the pool water.

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How can you get rid of the chloramines?
shock
To get rid of the strong chlorine odor given off by chloramines, it may be necessary to "shock" the pool by superchlorinating it to restore the pool to normal chlorine levels.
remove chlorine
add bleach

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What may cause the pool's water level to drop?
leak
evaporation
both answers
A leak or natural evaporation may be the culprit.

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Why may you need to winterize your pool?
pool pipes may freeze
If you live in a very cold climate, you may need to protect your pool pipes from freezing.
pool surfaces may crack
no winterizing is necessary

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During the freezing winter, what should you do with the pool heater, pump and chemical feeders?
clean
store away
both answers
Clean these components and store them out of the elements.

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During winter months, how can you prevent debris from getting into the pool?
use a pool cover
During the winter season, use a pool cover to protect the pool.
skim weekly
let the debris collect

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How can you determine if a leak or natural evaporation is causing a decrease in the pool's water level?
bucket test
Try a bucket test to determine which is causing the leak.
call a professional
take a guess

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When you shock a pool, what chemical is added?
chlorine
To shock a pool, large amounts of chlorine are added.
ammonia
nitrogen

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Other than evaporation or leaks, why else may the pool's water level decrease?
swimming
splashing
both answers
Swimming, splashing, and getting in and out of the pool all cause water loss.

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