Having a pool on your property is a life saver in the summer. There’s nothing quite like dipping into your pool to cool off. However, pools can be a handful when it comes to maintenance, especially if you live in a climate with a harsh winter.
Summer is here, and pool owners are already using their pools. Especially during the high season, it is important to keep your pool clean and fresh. There are several steps you need to follow in order to keep your pool in top form, according to experts at Payan Pool Services. Even though some of these are tedious, they are necessary.
Clean the Pool
The most obvious way you can clean your pool is to skim the debris which falls in. Typically its leaves and insects, but plastic and other rubbish may find its way in too. It is important you do this every day, preferably as soon as you notice the debris. If you leave it in, not only will it dirty your water, it may actually fall to the bottom and sediment there. Vacuuming the pool is also quite useful, but it isn’t required quite as often; once a week is plenty.
Keep the Balance
You are certainly familiar with pH scale and pH values. If you aren’t sure what it is, it’s a scale which tells you how acidic or alkaline a substance is. The scale goes from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. However, the sweet spot for your pool would be just a bit off that value, at 7.2-7.6. Keeping this pH value is beneficial for both metal parts of your pool and the concrete ones. Additionally, it helps keep your water crystal clear and prevents eye and skin irritation. In order to keep the pH values at neutral, you will need to add some chemicals to your pool.
Mind the Chemicals
The chemicals used for pool maintenance are safe when used properly, but can be really dangerous if they come in contact with skin, eyes or if ingested. So keep these precautions in mind when using pool chemicals. First and foremost, keep these chemicals away from children. Pool chemicals are volatile, so use rubber gloves when handling them, and wash your hands immediately after using them. Follow the dosage to the letter. Dispose of the empty containers according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you follow these rules, your pool will be both safe and beautiful. The chemicals you will need to use are listed below.
Large bodies of water are an ideal habitat for bacteria and algae to thrive in. This, however, is less than ideal for you, for obvious reasons. This is why people use chlorine to kill these unwanted guests. There are several methods of chlorine dispensing, such as tabs, granules, and liquid chlorine. Just keep in mind that you should keep the chlorine levels at 1-4 PPM (parts per million).
If chlorine is ineffective against algae, you can add a chemical specifically designed to prevent their growth. Algae are not just unseemly to look at, they can also clog your filter and cause you material damage. The best part about algaecides is that they can be used both as prevention and a solution when the infestation has already occurred.
Your pH balance is managed by adding muriatic acid. It is added to the deep end of the pool in order to lower the pH of the water (which is usually what is required).
If you maintain your pool correctly and regularly, your pool will remain fresh and clean throughout the swimming season.
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