Everybody loves a dive into a beautiful and pearl-blue swimming pool on a hot summer day. Taking some time in a swimming pool relaxes not just your body but also refreshes the mind. However, with a good time bathing in a pool, come to some other important things as well. The most important one is the maintenance of your swimming pool. Keeping your swimming pool clean, fresh and free from bacteria, algae and viruses are vital; not just for the health, but also for a good experience; ‘dirty’ pools don’t give a good swimming experience.
Here’s what you can do to make sure your swimming pool stays perfect every time you take a dip:
Take Care of the Filter
Filters do the primary job of cleaning the pool water and keeping all the sand, dust, dirt and other physical impurities out of the pool water. However, with time, filters start accumulating this dirt, and it must be thrown away, or the filter has to be unclogged. It is recommended that the filter is cleaned at regular intervals or whenever the pressure gauge on the filter begins showing a number between 7-10 lbs.
This can be done in two ways – you can either backwash the filter or take it off and clean it thoroughly.
In case you have a cartridge filter, you’ll have to remove all the cartridges, remove all the dirt manually and then soak it in a filter cleaner solution for a day. After that, you can wash and rinse all the cartridge elements and put it back once they dry. Since cartridge filters take a lot of time to clean and get back to work, keeping a spare set is a good idea.
DE filters can be back washed – but there’s a small catch. You have to add a new DE after backwashing to coats the filter grids. A DE filter must be cleaned completely at least once a year so that oil build-up can be avoided.
Keep the pump perfect
The pump is the heart of a swimming pool system. The pump is the thing that keeps the entire system flowing with water. It is the pump that sends water from the pool to the filter and is vital for maintaining proper hygiene.
Typically, the size and time for which the pump must run is determined by various factors, such as pool size, depth, the number of people, etc. You may always consult our pool professionals for advice.
Balance the pH levels
No one wants to dive in a soapy pool with high alkali levels. Jumping into an acidic one is off the table. Balancing the pH levels of your pool around 7.0 is the best for anyone jumping in the pool. Given the requirements of the human body, the ideal pH range is 7.2-7.6.
Another reason why a pH should be maintained is the activity of Chlorine. Chlorine kills off all harmful bacteria and viruses and is most active at a pH level 7.0. In order to have the Chlorine added to the pool water to take effect, a pH must be maintained.
For advice on the maintenance of your pool’s pH, it is recommended that you take a sample of pool water to a professional every two to three weeks for analysis.
In case you’re unaware of how to increase or decrease your pool’s pH, consult a team – do not try to mix items on your own.
Also, whenever maintaining your pool by yourselves, always follow the label directions when adding any products to the pool.
Ideally, the Calcium hardness levels in a pool must be in the range of 200-250 ppm, for concrete pools; For vinyl pools, it is 175-200 ppm. Calcium hardness levels must be maintained at low levels, would cause plaster etching, and decrease the pool’s life. High levels would cause accumulation of Calcium on the walls and floor eventually and cause troubles with the equipment as well.
Check the Alkalinity regularly
Just like pH must be maintained, we must also take care of the alkalinity of our pools. Use standard acidic buffers to make sure the pool never becomes too acidic or alkaline; both are extremely harmful to people.
Sanitizing your pool using Chlorine and Bromine is always recommended by every pool professional. Halogens tend to kill all bacteria and viruses in your pool and slowly evaporate into the air, leaving behind a pool completely sanitized.
A free Chlorine level of 1-3 ppm must always be maintained at the pool.
Give your pool a shock treatment
Shock treatment involves a weekly dose of shock products to be used every week in your pool. This reduces the chlorine odour, clear swimmer wastes, kill bacteria, break down cosmetics, etc. A shock prevents algae formation and water from becoming cloudy eventually.
Algae are small creatures that grow in water and cause the water to become colourful while giving the water a slippery texture. Algae formation usually starts at the walls of the pool below water. The easiest way to know that algae formation has begun in your pool is by noticing the colour of water, if it appears greenish instead of sparkling blue, that it usually does, it may be time to use some algaecides.
Algaecides kill all algae and clear the walls from becoming slippery. Algae can then be cleared using the filter and the pump.
Pool cleaning agents are most effective when used at night. No one uses the pool at night, and hence, the chemicals can work effectively overnight. Also, pool care must be done regularly without fail. Call up a professional pool cleaning team every couple of months so that they can advise you effectively to get the best out of your pool every time.