To enjoy your swimming pool to the fullest this season, ensuring its cleanliness is key! There are a few things to keep in mind when maintaining a clean pool and certain tips and tricks to use along the way. Below, we will be providing you with what you need to know about treating your pool water so you can spend more time enjoying it this season.
Maintaining Your Pool’s Water Chemistry
When maintaining your pool’s water chemistry, you will want the pH readings between 7.2 and 7.6. By establishing a weekly cleaning routine for your pool, you can actively stay on top of it so that it doesn’t become a large issue down the line. Shocking your pool water will solve the problem if you are experiencing any issues with an imbalance. By regularly performing shock treatments on your pool and adding chlorine as necessary, you can maintain your water’s good health. However, there are other factors that might result in more frequent shocking. For example, heavy rainstorms or extreme temperatures can drastically affect the state of your water. Another change might be the number of swimmers you have in your pool over the span of a week and what they might be wearing (such as sunscreen, perfumes, creams, etc.). All of these things can alter the state of your water, and you might notice that your water has a smell to it, is murky, has algae growth or is leaving swimmers with red or itchy eyes. These are signs that something is going on with your water and needs attention.
So, how do you address the issue, and what are the best practices for getting your pool back to its healthy state?
Tips For Keeping Your Pool’s Water Clean
As previously mentioned, there are many signs that point towards unbalanced water, and shocking the system with high levels of chlorine is generally your best solution. However, there are additional means of cleaning your pool water that can help.
- You can use a leaf skimmer to eliminate any dirt and debris that might be apparent in the water.
- A vacuum is a great investment to have so you can easily clean your pool’s water. Some options you simply plug in, and it sweeps across the bottom of the pool to suck up any dirt, while others are manual so you can physically ensure every part is clean.
- You can brush your pool walls, steps, etc., to loosen up any debris that might be stuck to these places.
- Regularly checking and cleaning out your filter is a big one. This will ensure that things can continue running smoothly and there isn’t a buildup of dirt, debris, leaves, etc., preventing the filter from doing its job.
- Frequently running your pump. Water circulation is a big one in preventing issues from arising, so regularly running your pump (about 8 to 12 hours a day) is good practice. This will prevent algae and bacteria from growing and continuously mixing chemicals throughout the water.
- Adding in algaecide if you notice any growth of algae. It’s a good idea to keep this on hand.
- Checking your pool’s chemical and pH levels daily will help you keep on top of things. You can use testing strips or a kit, as either option will provide an accurate reading of your levels.
- Shocking the system with chlorine will be beneficial if you notice levels are really off.
Have any questions about selecting the right cleaning equipment? Then reach out to your local pool dealer!
Top Pool Chemical Safety Tips
It’s important to follow these safety tips when adding chemicals to your pool to ensure no person or animal is harmed.
- Ensure you store your chemicals away from where any children or animals can access them.
- Wearing rubber gloves and/or washing hands immediately after adding chemicals is necessary.
- Ensure you follow the directions and safety precautions stated on the chemical label.
- Never mix pool, spa or household chemicals together.
- Keep open flames away from pool chemicals.
- Use clean measuring equipment for chemicals and ensure you’re cleaning them after using them each time.
Adding chemicals to a swimming pool is necessary to ensure the water remains in a healthy state for swimmers. However, there are a few key things to remember so you can be sure you’re doing so safely.
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