How to Properly Maintain Your Swimming Pool

by Pool Builders on 05-09-2012 in Articles

People who use their pool all year round should invest in pool supplies that keep the water quality in good condition. Maintenance should not trouble you, but make sure to invest quality time in it. Keeping your pools clean is important for you and your family's health. When not kept properly, the water will become a favorable site for bacteria, microorganisms, parasites, and harmful chemicals, all of which will cause diseases. Make your pool safe for you, your family and friends.

1. Check its chemistry. Weekly checking of the condition of your pool is important. One thing to check is the pH level of the liquid. A testing kit would be available at your swimming pools supplies store. Ideally, the pH levels should be anywhere from 7.2 to 7.6. IF the pH levels are within this range, then the chemicals you add to disinfect the water work best. The pH level should not go above 8.0, because then, the effectiveness of chlorine becomes affected. Chlorine is only 10% active at pH 8.5.

2. The total dissolved solids or TDS and calcium hardness should also be checked. For TDS, you may do checking twice a year, once in every six months. For calcium hardness, do checking once a month. TDS and calcium levels should be controlled to keep the water suitable for swimming.

3. Cleaning chlorine generators in salt water pools is important to prevent calcium buildup and corrosion. Unmaintained chlorine generators will tend to produce insufficient chlorine, which will affect the liquid safety.

4. Sand and DE filters should be washed, or else, it won't be cleaned effectively. But they should not be backwashed too often. Frequent backwashing of filters is a waste of water. When should you do backwashing? Check the pressure gauge. If it reads 8-10 PSI, that means the filters need backwashing.

5. Skimmer baskets should be cleaned to remove debris that could clog them. Clogged skimmer baskets or hair and lint pots result in insufficient circulation.

6. Do not add chemicals during the day. Chlorine is less effective during daytime, which is why you might have noticed that public pools are usually closed for cleaning in the morning and not in the evening. So, you need to do the same, and only add the chemical during daytime.

7. Do not just rely on the chemicals to do the cleaning. At times, you have to manually do it yourself. You can control algae from coating the walls and tiles of your pool by brushing them. Brushing also helps eliminate calcification.

8. It is important for the liquid to circulate. Run the pumps long enough, depending on the temperature. How long you run the pump depends on the liquid volume and the speed of your pump. If you have a 5000 gallon pool and the pump filters 25 gallons of water per minute, then that means that it can filter 5000 gallons in 200 minutes or 3 hours and 20 minutes. Do the math. In that case, running the pump for less than 3 hours leads to inadequate filtration. On the other hand, running it too long means wasteful energy usage.

You will know something is wrong with the water if you see or experience the following:

• Burning eyes and nose
• Water smelling like bleach
• Water turning green with algae
• Cloudy water

Invest time in maintaining your pool properly and regularly. Rehabilitating a neglected pool is much more expensive and troublesome than regular maintenance.

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