Your swimming pool will give you and your family endless hours of refreshing dips, fun and relaxation.
To ensure you have a clean pool that is safe and conducive for swimming as well as other activities, you need to prioritise proper pool maintenance. Here are some tips to make sure your pool is always safe and enticing to use:
- Determine the amount of clean-up your pool needs on a regular basis
There are three options to keep your pool clean: DIY, using a mechanical pool cleaner, or hiring a professional cleaner. To know which method is best for you, Sydney landscaping and pool contractors recommend you consider the following first:
- The type of pool you have (in-ground or above-ground)
- The size of the pool
- Its plumbing and filtration system
- The type of leaves and the amount the pool collects
- Your budget
Hiring a pool cleaner may entail a bigger upfront expense but it’s the most reliable way of keeping a clean and safe pool. Going the DIY route may be costlier in the long run, as you will need to purchase a specially-designed vacuum or a mechanical pool cleaner.
Whichever option you choose, you will need to have the pool cleaned every week.
- Remove leaves and debris from the pool at least twice a week
Aside from implementing a weekly pool cleaning strategy, you will need to manually remove leaves, twigs and debris from it twice or thrice a week. Use a long-handled pool net to remove the debris floating on the water. You can use a long brush to remove rubbish from the bottom.
- Maintain a balanced pH
A pool with incorrect pH levels can cause swimmers to have itchy skin and red eyes. It can also reduce the effectiveness of chlorine.
In Australia, the standard pH for pool water is 7.0 to 7.8, with 7.4 being the recommended measurement. To raise pH levels, pool cleaning experts will usually add soda ash (which is alkaline). To lower the levels, they will add pool acid.
- Keep the right amount of alkaline substances in the pool
Total alkalinity (TA) pertains to the total amount of alkaline substances present in the water. Low TA can cause the water to turn murky and swimmers to have burning eyes. High TA, on the other hand, can irritate a swimmer’s skin and lower the chlorine’s effectiveness.
The Australian Standard recommends that a pool’s TA level be 60 to 200 parts per million. To raise a low TA level, sodium bicarbonate is added. To lower it, you will also have to add pool acid.
- Maintain a good calcium hardness level
Low levels of dissolved calcium in pool water can corrode pool equipment and cause your pool’s previously smooth interior finish to become etched and full of unsightly pitting. High levels, on the other hand, can create scale.
To prevent the harsh effects of low or high calcium hardness, experienced pool cleaners will ensure that the calcium levels range from 200 to 400 ppm. They will have to take a sample of your pool water to a pool shop for testing. To increase the level of calcium, they will pour calcium chloride directly into the pool.
- Add chlorine
Chlorine in a pool kills different types of viruses, bacteria and organic matter such as sweat, urine and faecal matter. It disinfects the water to remove pathogens that can harm swimmers. To add chlorine to your pool, your pool cleaner will use a liquid chemical feeder. If you have a saltwater pool, having a salt chlorinator installed during pool reconstruction or construction is recommended.
- Give your pool a shock treatment every fortnight
Every two weeks, give your pool an effective shock treatment. This means pouring high dosage of chemicals to restore sparkle to the water and eliminate germs and organic contaminants.
An experience pool cleaning team will know the right way to shock your pool according to the specifications on the product label. They will provide safety precautions you need to abide by during the process such as no swimming allowed for several hours following a chlorine shock treatment.
- Invest in a good-quality pool cover
Lastly, pools in gardens will remain clean and debris-free if you have a good pool cover. In addition, this pool feature offers several other benefits which include:
- Slowing down and preventing water evaporation
- Reducing a pool’s chemical consumption
- Helping the pool retain heat
- Cutting down on energy cost
- Reducing maintenance work
Checking Your Pool Water’s Chemistry
To always enjoy a refreshing and safe dip in your pool, follow the tips above to keep the water healthy and conducive for swimming and other activities.
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