The Importance Of Swimming Pool Water Maintenance

by Pool Builders on 03-31-2013 in Articles

Pool water maintenance is a very important part of home improvement due to the fact that swimming pool water usually contains different types of microbes, including bacteria as well as algae. These microbes can actually cause health problems that could end up causing health problems such as ear, nose as well as throat infections. Therefore, you should check the water pH level as well as the chlorine level regularly as part of your pool water maintenance routine to avoid possible health problems.

Sources of contamination
The following are some of the different sources of the common types of bacteria and microbes that may be found in your pool:

• People who swim in the swimming pool - this is normally the major source of bacteria.

• Dead wildlife - for instance, frogs or insects or lizards may sometimes drown in the pool.

• Animals, for example, dogs - some pets usually like to paddle especially on hot days in the pool.

• Debris surrounding the property, which may include leaves, grass, trees as well as dust and dirt.

Pool water maintenance
The four major keys that can assist you to achieve pool water maintenance while maintaining high water include the following:

1. Filtration
You should pump the water in the pool through a good filter to remove debris and particles. The size of your pool as well as the horsepower and flow volume of the pool pump determine the time needed to run the filter. However, approximately 35% of the water may not get filtered.

2. Chlorination
Chlorine is actually a chemical that sterilizes the water and helps to get rid of debris. You should use a chlorine stabilizer to extend the chlorine's half-life. In general, the longer the filtration cycle, generally the less chlorine is needed. Likewise, the more chlorine used, the shorter filtration cycle is required. Chlorine requirement is usually based on a variety of factors, such as the pump as well as filter system, water level, amount of debris, water temperature and also the actual number of people who use the pool.

3. pH Level
The pH level usually indicates how alkaline or acidic the water is at any particular time. A pH level normally of 7.0 actually means that water is neutral; below 7 usually indicates the water is acidic while above 7 usually means the water is alkaline. You should maintain the pH level between 7.2 and 7.6 pH. If the pH is above 8, any person who swims in that pool is usually at risk of suffering from skin rashes. Also, a pH below 7.1 may sting the eyes of swimmers.

4. Calcium Hardness
This basically refers to the quantity of mineral calcium actually dissolved in water. A low calcium level normally worsen pool surfaces, whereas a high calcium level may leave a white 'scum' on surfaces as well as equipment.

General pool water maintenance
The following are general ways of achieving pool water maintenance in your pool:

• Check your pH as well as chlorine levels daily preferably,
the day before people go swimming to ensure the quality is safe.

• In extremely hot weather, you should check the pH and chlorine at least once per day.

• Brush and vacuum your pool.

• Regularly check the pump, skimmer boxes and other pool equipment. Repair or actually replace pool parts as necessary.

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