Chlorine and Swimming Pool Maintenance  

by Pool Builders on 09-29-2009 in Articles

Pool Maintenance can be a real chore, but there are some basics to keep in mind from the word go.

Regarding pH

1. Measure the pH at least 1 time per week.

2. The pH of pool water should be between 7.2 and 7.6. This avoids the "red eye" and there is greater efficiency in the use of chlorine. If you are higher or lower, the chlorine does not act as expected, and is a waste of your pool maintenance dollars.

3. If necessary, use a product with a pH increaser or pH lowering product. If you are not certain which products to choose, ask at a local pool shop. They will often perform free water testing for you as well.

4. When adding new water to the pool analyze the pH and chlorine and adjust as necessary.

5. The chlorine keeps the water crystal clear. Its function is to destroy microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. Both of these are to be avoided in a swimming pool as much as possible.

6. Control the level of chlorine at least 1 time per week in summer. Levels should be between 1 and 1.5 parts per million (ppm). You can check this yourself or have your water tested by pool professionals.

7. Double the dose of chlorine following rain or if the pool has been used by many people. Heavy rains can quickly throw off your chlorine levels.

8. Be careful not to drop chlorine on clothes as it can cause permanent bleaching. Use work clothes. If chlorine falls on clothing, immediately pour a splash of alcohol on the stain.

9. Do not just throw chlorine tablets directly into the pool because it can damage your pool's lining.

10. The formation of algae causes green water and slippery surfaces. Chlorine is meant to help prevent this. It is often used in conjunction with chemicals designed to eliminate algae.

11. The longer you wait to treat algae problems, the harder it will be to eliminate.

12. Add weekly dose of algae preventatives to keep the water clean.

13. Avoid going from fresh water swimming environments that have algae present directly in to swimming pools. You may be carrying microscopic algae that will begin to grow in your swimming pool.

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