Swimming Pool Maintenance Made Easy
Hot summer days are inevitable – unless you are living in the Arctic. Sweaty bodies and shirts are certain during summer, and a little time at the pool will surely ease the hot feeling away. Backyard swimming pools are very much enjoyed by families with young children and those young at heart.
Swimming pools need maintenance. It may be a bit pricey to have pool cleaners regularly come to your house to maintain the pool. Contrary to popular belief, pool maintenance need not done exclusively by guys who are in the pool cleaning business. Yes, they are handy, but they are also costly. There is an alternative though – the do-it-yourself maintenance. With the right knowledge and tools, pool maintenance is not as hard and expensive as you think.
Do-it-yourself pool maintenance requires consistency. Here are some guidelines in maintaining a swimming pool:
Chlorine is a chemical used for water purification. It is usually used in pools to kill bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. It is routinely added to the water to sanitize the pool. There are several chlorine based sanitizers available. Sodium hypochlorite or calcium hypochlorite is often used to strip the water of bacteria and other microorganisms. These chemicals are added in amounts measured in parts per million (ppm). The levels of the chemicals must be high enough to prevent bacterial growth. If it is too low, bacteria will grow and will make the water cloudy. “Free chlorine” is chlorine which has not reacted with contaminants and is ready to combat bacteria. Free chlorine must be between 1.0 ppm to 3.0 ppm. More than 3.0 ppm or less than 1.0 ppm is harmful for those who are bathing in the pool. A kit to measure free chlorine is available in the market. It is important to note that pool chemicals are dangerous and will cause burns, so a little caution is needed. Gloves and other safety equipment should be used when applying these substances. There are also automatic chlorinators that can be attached to the swimming pool water pump.
The pH level is another thing that must be checked during swimming pool maintenance. PH is the measure of acidity and alkalinity in the water. The recommended level is between 7.2 and 7.8. This pH level is an indicator that the chlorine is working properly. Pool water that is too acidic will corrode metal and too much alkalinity will make the pool blurry.
Shock treatment is also essential in swimming pool maintenance. It is the process of adding large amounts of oxidizing chemicals to the water to destroy contaminants and ammonia. It should be done once a week to keep the pool clean.
Aside from chlorine and other chemicals, it is also important for the water to not remain stagnant. This is where the pump and filter come in. The pump keeps the water flowing and the filter removes dirty water and other debris that might accumulate in the pool. Keeping the filters clean will ensure that your pump will provide efficient water circulation. Regularly cleaning the filter and pump will also save you money in the long run.
Now you have done your part in ensuring that the pool is clean and clear. It is also important for the people who use the swimming pool to do their part in keeping it clean. Guidelines on pool usage should be set. This may include hygienic practices such as taking a shower before diving into the pool and refraining from spitting and peeing while in the pool. These rules will surely help keep the pool sparkling clean and safe.
A swimming pool is a refreshing sight during a hot summer day. A summer pool party is a great way to entertain families and friends. Many people are discouraged from having their own pools because of the maintenance costs. Thankfully, maintaining a swimming pool without professional help is very doable. A well-maintained swimming pool will surely be appreciated and envied by everybody.