Take Time to Make That Pool Beautiful   

by Pool Builders on 07-05-2011 in Articles

Swimming pools are a great way to cool off and escape the summer's heat. While they can bring fun under the sun and relaxation, there are other aspects to consider like maintenance. There are several maintenance tips and products that can keep pools safe, swimmable and squeaky clean.

The first priority of pool maintenance should be to check chemicals in the water. Chlorine, pH levels, and levels of alkaline and calcium should be checked at least once a week. While chlorine needs to be checked daily, other chemical levels need to be tested once a week. If chlorine is low, a dissolving form of diclorostriazinetrione can be added. To test for pH levels, an Acid Demand Test can be executed once a week to determine if the pH levels are too high. Base Demand tests can determine if the levels are too low. Products that can be added to regulate pH levels.

Alkaline and calcium levels are also important chemicals to consider. High levels of these chemicals can ruin aquatic equipment and can irritate swimmers' eyes. If the water looks murky or foggy, chances are that alkaline levels are low. An easy solution is to add sodium bicarbonate in proportions of 2 pounds to every 20,000 gallons of water. Ideal alkaline levels should be in the range of 80 to 150 parts per million, which is the same as 80 to 150 milligrams per liter of water.

Keeping pools clean is also important. There are automatic pool cleaners that can help alleviate unnecessary burdens. Suction side, pressure side, and robotic are several types of automatic pool cleaners. A suction side is useful in sucking dirt and other particles off the bottom floor. A pressure side gets rid of dirt by pushing it in a bag, where it is cleaned by a filter. Robotic cleaners are most effective because they scrub the walls and floor without relying on the pump and filter.

There are also proactive measures owners can take to prevent the build-up of dirt and other unwanted particles. For example, a net can be used to filter out larger objects like twigs or leaves that may accumulate. Guests can get under the shower or wash off before entering the pool. Using a tarp to cover it when not in use can keep out bugs, pinecones and leaves.

Daily maintenance can be an easy task. Following certain guidelines and precautions, as well as using the right products, will help to create a pool that is the magnet of the neighborhood.

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