Pool Care Guide

by Pool Builders on 01-29-2013 in Articles

What if I told you that there is a cheaper alternative to paying pool maintenance companies large amounts of money to clean your pool?

Well, actually there is. There are several techniques that you can follow to make sure your pool is safe and healthy to be enjoyed by friends and family.

Just follow these simple pool care guide tips:

1. Determine the average depth and capacity of your pool

The average depth is found by adding the shallow end depth and the deep end depth then dividing the sum by two. Capacity of the pool involves determining the amount of water a pool can hold. For a rectangular pool, a simple calculation of length*width*height will do.

These calculations will help you to determine the exact concentration of additives that you need to use in your pool water.

2. Purchase a pool testing kit

This is an important part in the pool care guide.

Testing your pool water will tell you the condition that your pool is in so that you can take the appropriate steps in cleaning it.

Test for the level of chlorine, the alkalinity and pH levels in your pool water. There are several quality kits on the market that run less than $40.00. Look for a kit that, at minimum, can test the essentials: Total alkalinity, free chlorine, total chlorine, pH levels and cyanuric acid. There are very rare circumstances where one would need to test for metals and occasionally, total dissolved solids. Once a year take a water sample down to a pool retail store near you and have them test for those two items. Generally, there they don't charge you for that service.

3. Clean your pool completely

The next step of the pool care guide is to physically clean the pool.

Make sure you do everything from brushing the walls to vacuuming the bottom and the sides. Keeping your pool free of dirt and small particles will make it challenging for bacteria and pathogens to develop. They like to grow on swimming pool toys, dirty walls of the pool as well as leaves and other debris.

4. Shock treat your pool water

This means adding more chlorine than normal.

In this case your level of free available chlorine should be 5-9 ppm.

It is preferable that shock treatment be done at night while the filter is on for maximum effect.

Shock treatment helps to kill bacteria and algae in your pool water. This should be done once every 3-4 weeks during the swimming season. I also like to give the water a small chlorine boost after a big storm or heavy wind. When you shock the water, let the equipment run for 24 hours continuosly to make sure the shock fully dissolves.

5. Balance you water

Adjust the total alkalinity then the pH and finally the calcium hardness.

Make sure that the ranges of your pool water are: chlorine levels of 1-4 ppm, pH of 7.2-7.6, alkalinity of 60-120 ppm and calcium hardness of 200-500 ppm. If the calcium hardness gets over 1300ppm, it's time to either backwash the pool several times to replace 1/3 of the total water volume over a few days or an alternative is to drain out 1/3 of the pool water and replenish it. Either way, you're looking to replace some of the water volume using a water source that doesn't have elevated calcium hardness levels. Anytime the calcium hardness exceeds 1300ppm, the water becomes aggressive and nonreactive. You'll add more and more chemicals to have minimal adjustments in your chemistry.

6. Removal of metals

Before you perform any shock treatment, ensure your pool is free from all metals.

You can use an appropriate stain prevention tool to do this. Apply the stain prevention tool and wait for at least 24 hours before balancing your pool water.

7. Finally, carry out regular maintenance of your pool every week.

With the above pool guide care tips, then it will be easier to clean your pool and ensure it always has that clear and shinning look.

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