Keeping Your Pool Water Balanced   

by Pool Builders on 03-13-2012 in Articles

If you're going to have a swimming pool, you need to learn how to treat it properly to make sure it is safe to swim in. If you don't treat your swimming pool properly, it is more likely to begin to grow fungi and bacteria that can cause a whole host of problems for swimmers, and even your expensive pool equipment.

You might be overwhelmed at first when you think about how complicated pool maintenance can be. After all, why would there be pool maintenance professionals? Thankfully, it really is quite simply to keep a swimming pool safe and properly maintained.

It really just comes down to making sure you test the water often and add chemicals to keep the water's pH at a balanced level. Water that has a pH reading higher than 7.5 pH, is will be more acidic. Water that is highly acidic is likely to irritate the skin and eyes of swimmers. Sometimes it can even cause infections and severe rashes. If the water has a pH lower than 7.5 there isn't enough acidity to ward off bacteria and algae so they can accumulate in the pool and the pump system. This build up can severely damage your pool equipment and its pretty gross to swim in, too.

If you don't make sure you are checking the pH level often, the pH could climb to 8 or higher. Water in this state will almost always cause permanent damage to the liner, pump and filtration system if you don't fix it quickly. Calcium carbonate, very often begins to accumulate in water with a pH this high. So, in order to be sure this doesn't happen, you will want to purchase a water test kit. There are several different types of water testing kits, all of which can be purchased at your local pool supply store.

It should be obvious to you that the warm months are the ones that see the most activity in the pool. Because of this, and with the hot air temperatures and warmer water, there will be more organic matter and contaminants getting in the water. The warmer the water, the quicker these things can multiply and spread. It will be easy to tell if this happens to your pool, even if you skipped a couple of days of water testing. You will notice that the water starts to have a green or yellow tint and might even have a slimy feel. To stop the problem before it gets worse you will need to double up on chlorine or bromine, in what is called a shock treatment. The chemicals will work to kill and obliterate any organisms in the water. Of course, the chemicals might knock the pH out of balance. In this case you will need to use other chemicals or products to counter act that.

One thing to keep in mind, especially in warmer climates or summer months, is to make sure your swimmers rinse off before going in the pool, especially if they are sweaty. Both sweat and urine will definitely through the pH balance of your water off. Also watch out for pollen and lawn chemicals as they can affect your water as well.

A good tip for making sure you keep up with the maintenance of you pool is to work it into a schedule or regular routine. This will help you stay on top of things and make it harder to forget a day or two. Also if you will be away from your home for a week or more, you should have someone test your water while you're away and adjust chemicals as needed.

So, now you might not see pool maintenance as too complicated and you can do it on your own without the help of a professional. All you need to do is make sure you set aside a 3 or 4 hours a week to test the water and add chemicals as needed. You will also need to keep an eye on the filter and clean it when needed. You may decide that you still want to use a professional pool cleaner to make life easier and who could blame you. At least now you have the knowledge about pool maintenance to know if they are doing a good job.

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