Tips on How to Properly Handle Pool Chemicals When Cleaning Your Swimming Pool

by Pool Builders on 06-21-2012 in Articles

Pools need regular cleaning to ensure that they are in tip top shape. See, aside from being a health hazard, unsanitary practices could also significantly reduce the lifespan of your pool facility, as well as ruin the pool toys and accessories you put to use. But then again, too much cleaning could also put you and your pool at risk, since pool chemicals have been known to be quite the irritant. Nevertheless, if you are able to strike a balance and follow the right cleaning protocols, you will not have to worry about both extremes. To guide you through the process, here are some tips you could use when it comes to maintaining your inground or above ground pools.

There are different types of pool chemicals. Some are meant to take out sediments, and there are those used to keep the pH balance at the appropriate levels, while others are applied to keep the water resistant to algae growth and contamination. Disinfecting agents, like chlorine, are added to the water to produce acidic substances that destroys bacteria. But the by-products are usually unstable. So what experts recommend is to add cyanuric acid with chlorine to produce a more stable compound that would get the job done and not be easily degraded when exposed to sunlight. The downside of this would be the formation of chloramines, which cause skin and eye irritation. To get rid of them, custodians then have to shock treat the pool, which entails the addition of other strong substances. This is repeated on a weekly or monthly basis, depending on how often the pool is used, until it is no longer made accessible to people.

Pool owners can choose to hire people to treat their pools for them or do the work themselves. Obviously, the latter would be more inconvenient. But it allows them to save on costs and be in complete control of what is put in their facility. They can buy all that they need from pool supplies stores at affordable rates. And with the right guidelines, they don't have to worry about harming themselves or making a mess of things.

It is usually the first rule of independent pool maintenance to read the pool chemicals instructions before actually applying them. Products are affixed with labels and directions for a reason. Don't risk using anything you are not certain about. And always use the appropriate personal protective equipment - gloves, mask, and gown. If available, work with tools, so you don't have to handle the chemicals directly. Never involve children in the process. If you accidentally over use or spill the chemicals, you should clean up the mess immediately and dispose of it in a responsible manner, or refer to the guidelines and implement recommendations. Common sense should also dictate that you do not use more than one chemical at a time (this covers unsealing different containers in one setting or mixing them up), and that you do not work with pool toys scattered across the area, as these may get contaminated. You should also never eat, drink or smoke beside them. And on top of that, it would be smart if you keep the labels intact on containers, as well as keep the equipment you used. Make sure that all of the equipment used are properly washed after use. That should prevent any untoward reactions.

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