Ways to Keep Your Swimming Pool Sparkling Clean
It’s almost summer and if you are a swimming pool owner it is time to get your pool ready! Opening your backyard pool this summer requires more than just filling it up and getting into it. According to experts, if you have a sparkling clean pool, the health of the swimmers is assured. Keeping a pool clean all throughout the season is not as easy as you think it is. Here are some tips to get and maintain a sparkling clean pool during summer.
Maintain Chemical Levels
Maintaining the right chemical levels in your pool is the most important step in keeping a sparkling clean pool. The chlorine and pH are the two key levels you need to monitor. Chlorine is responsible for killing bacteria and germs in pool water, while the pool’s pH level is the measure of how alkaline or acidic the water is. This also influences how effective chlorine is in cleaning the water.
A testing kit can be used to test the pH levels and chlorine of the pool water at least two times a week. Ideally, the pH level is between 7.2 and 7.6 while the chlorine level is between 1.0 and 3.0 parts per million. If the chlorine level is low, you need to replenish the chlorine supply. If the pH reads too high, you should add acid to lower it. The most common acids you can add to lower the acid are sodium bisulfate and muriatic acid. If the pH is too low, add alkali such as sodium carbonate to lower the acidity.
Shock and Algaecide Treatment
Water need not just have proper pH and chlorine levels to keep it sparkling clear. You also need to shock or super-chlorinate the pool at least once a week to destroy lingering algae or bacteria that may be growing. You can purchase the shock treatments at pool supply store. Read the instructions on how much shock you need to add to the water. If algae start to grow on the walls of your pool, treating the water using an algaecide is required. Algae can make pool water turn yellow, cloudy or green, thus it is important to stop its growth.
Skimming removes organic materials in the pool like insects, leaves, and other debris. If you do this regularly it will help keep your pool water sparkling clean. If you let these organic materials stay in the pool water longer it can make pool water cloudy and dirty. You can do the skimming at least once or twice a day, depending on your surroundings and how often you use your pool.
Filters on your pool play an important role in keeping pool water crystal clear. They remove microscopic debris and dirt from the water. Filters will work properly if you clean them regularly. This process is known as backwashing and involves water flowing in the opposite direction to clean the filter. If you notice your pool water starts to become cloudy, it is time to backwash your filter. Cloudiness can be avoided if you take note of the pool’s normal pressure gauge reading. And, if the pressure is 5 to 7 lbs/sq. inch. above the normal reading perform the backwashing.
If you want to keep your pool water sparkling clean this summer, make sure you follow the above tips. Don’t let cloudy and dirty pool water ruin your summer.