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Swimming Pools: Maintenance and Care

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When it comes to swimming pools, maintenance doesn’t have to be an arduous task. A simple routine is all it takes to keep your water clean, clear, and safe for swimmers. Regular maintenance will also give you a chance to catch minor issues early and nip them in the bud.

Daily Care

  • Test Sanitizer Level in Pool Water: Check the pH level to make sure the water isn’t too acidic or too alkaline. Unbalanced pH levels can make the water cloudy, erode the pool’s surface, and damage equipment. The effectiveness of the chlorine in your pool may also be hampered if the pH is out of balance. Proper pH should be between 7.2 and 7.6.
  • Adjust pH Levels: If necessary, use balancers to raise or lower the pH level to an acceptable number. A pH increaser can be used for water that is too acidic, while a pH decreaser will help with water that is too alkaline.
  • Add Chlorine: Chlorine (or bromine) sterilizes the water in your pool, killing algae and bacteria along with any other living contaminants. Chlorine can be added manually or through an automatic system (such as a chlorinator, or a floater with slow dissolving tablets), but you should check daily to make sure your pool is being properly chlorinated.
  • Check Skimmer Basket: Clear debris from the skimmer basket to help keep the pool water fresh and circulating freely.

Weekly Care

  • Shock Pool Water: Shocking, or super chlorinating, drastically raises the chlorine level in your pool for a short time, destroying any bacteria that may have endured the regular chlorine regimen. It also rids the pool water of organic compounds that irritate swimmers and hamper the effectiveness of chlorine.
  • Add Chemicals: Apart from chlorine (which you should add, or at least monitor, every day), there are several other chemicals vital to your swimming pool’s maintenance. Algaecide kills and prevents algae from growing in your pool. Chelators and sequestrants can eliminate metal particles in the pool water. And a clarifier can target tiny particles that may have slipped through the filter, causing them to stick together until they become large enough to be filtered out.
  • Backwash Filtration System: As the filter gathers debris, it will eventually hamper the flow of water through the return valve. If the water coming into the pool seems choked or less forceful than normal, you should run a backwash on your filtration system until the water is coming out clear.
  • Vacuum, Brush, and Skim: At least once a week, you should vacuum up the debris in your pool and brush the walls to keep them free of algae. You should also use a skimmer to scoop up leaves, grass, and other objects floating on the water’s surface.

Proper pool care may seem a bit overwhelming and time consuming at first. But once you get the hang of the daily and weekly routine, you’ll be able to spend less time on your swimming pool’s maintenance and more time simply enjoying its benefits.

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