Maintenance Made Easy For Your Above Ground Pool  

by Pool Builders on 01-15-2012 in Articles

Above ground pools are an excellent first step in pool ownership as they are easy to install, and relatively inexpensive to run. Just follow a few simple guidelines and you will have many hours of enjoyment. It is necessary to learn just a little of the background to water treatment in order to maintain clean and healthy water.

There are two main areas of importance: The circulation and filtration of the water. The chemical treatment of the water. The circulation and filtration system consists of a pump to move the water around the system, and a filter to remove the small suspended particles, which would otherwise cause the pool to become cloudy.The pump needs to be run daily and the filter cleaned regularly.

Water which is not chemically treated will become a breeding ground for bacteria and algae.The water needs to be treated with chlorine to kill off these unwanted bugs and prevent them from multiplying. Chlorine granules produce free chlorine in the water and this is the disinfectant that kills the bacteria and other pollution introduced into the water. The normal levels for chlorine are 1.5 - 3ppm. A usual dose of chlorine granules is 10gm per 1 000 gallons of water, but always test the water before and after dosing to make sure the chlorine level is within the recommended range. Make sure that you always read and understand all the Health and Safety information provided by the manufacturer on the chemical packaging.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU MIX pH- WITH CHLORINE. DOING SO WILL LIBERATE HIGHLY TOXIC CHLORINE GAS.

It is important to also monitor the pH of the water. The pH tells us how acid or alkaline the water is. The lower the pH the more acidic it is, and the higher the pH the more alkali the water. The ideal Ph level for pool water is between 7.2 and 7.6. Too high a pH will affect the chlorine efficiency, make the water cloudy and can cause bather discomfort. Too low a pH can also cause bather discomfort. If you need to reduce the pH use dry acid, also known as pH-. For every 0.1 reduction required, use 50 gms per 1000 gallons of water.If you need to increase the pH, use pH+ (also known as dry alkali. Use 25gms per 1000 gallons of water for each 0.1 increase required. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU MIX pH- WITH CHLORINE. DOING SO WILL LIBERATE HIGHLY TOXIC CHLORINE GAS.

Algae may appear in the pool if the chlorine level is allowed to drop. Dosing regularly with an algicide will help to keep it at bay. Should your pool become green with algae, it will be necessary to shock treat the pool before adding more algaecide. To shock dose the pool, add chlorine granules to raise the level up to 6ppm. Allow the chlorine level to fall back to the recommended levels before allowing further swimming.

Finally, it is necessary to make sure that the water is kept clear and clean from any debris such as leaves and dirt. Use specialist pool nets and brushes and regularly clean the water, removing any foreign matter.

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