Treating the Water in Your Swimming Pool

by Pool Builders on 12-27-2011 in Articles

Knowing how to keep the water in your swimming pool safe to swim in all comes down to testing and treating it. It is very important that you keep an eye on the pH level of the water, so that swimmers don't get skin and eye infections. It is necessary that your swimming pool water is alkaline, which is 7.5 pH level or higher. A 7.0 pH level is neutral and anything below is considered to be acidic. When swimming in acidic water, it can cause irritations in your eyes and skin. Low pH levels can also cause problems with the infrastructure of the pool, such as corroding the plaster, tile grout, metal pipes, cement and other equipment.

But this doesn't mean that you should have a pH level that is extremely high. High alkaline water can also be damaging, causing calcium carbonate chemicals to form on the pool walls, within pipes, pumps, filters and other pool equipment. This would cause restricted water flow and minimize the effectiveness of your water filter. Overall, the pH level of your swimming pool should be between 7.2 and 7.6. It is important to maintain the water pH level of your pool to avoid these problems from occurring.

Another way to maintain the water quality of your swimming pool is to use a sterilizer. During the summer months or in cities that have year-round warm weather should be careful. Warm pool water can breed hazardous bacteria, algae and other organisms. These can come from the variety of contaminants that are introduced by swimmers, including dead skin, body oils, germs, dirt, bacteria and urine, to name a few. This will cloud the pool water, giving it an odd color, taste and odor.

Certain chemicals can be used to sanitize your swimming pool, such as chlorine, peroxide and bromine. These chemicals kill the organisms and then obliterate them, so your pool isn't filled with dead organic matter. Combined with the right pH levels, sanitizers can keep your pool water safe enough to swim in. Unbalanced pool water will make sanitizing it ineffective, so the two must go hand-in-hand.

If you plan to do the water treatments of your swimming pool on your own, you can expect to spend a couple of hours each week doing so, especially during swimming season. Adequate chores must be done to maintain its quality, such as vacuuming the pool and removing debris from the pool and pump strainer and skimmer baskets. Of course, if you have a screened-in pool area, this work will be limited. Even if you decide to hire a company to do the pool cleaning for you, it is a great idea to know what needs to be done, so that you can better evaluate their services.

Unfortunately, there's no one-size-fits-all approach for cleaning a swimming pool. Every pool is different and can use a combination of methods for getting the pool water cleaned. However, the techniques that are commonly used aren't back-breaking and can be quite easy to do. It just demands your time. The treatment that is required for a pool all comes down to the climate and the water's hardness or softness, acidity, concentration of dissolved minerals and algae and bacteria accumulation. How often your pool is swam in, sunlight exposure, chemicals used, water and air temperatures and the air pollutants around the pool are also factors. Ensuring that the swimmers have good hygiene can ensure that fewer contaminants are introduced into the pool water. The amount of time your filtration systems are in operation too will determine the cleanliness of your pool and how much work it will end up needing each week.

You can create a routine method that is used for the swimming pool you own. Make sure to test the waters for pH levels and contaminants to ensure that what you are doing is working. Of course, if you don't want to be held responsible for the health of swimmers, then you can hire a reputable pool cleaning company to do it for you.

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