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Pool Maintenance 101: Maintaining Clear Water

Nothing is less inviting than a pool with cloudy or murky water. One of the first things that new pool owners typically discover they have to contend with is an ongoing battle to keep the water in their pool sparkling clear and fresh looking. It’s not just an aesthetic concern, keeping the pool water clear is also a health issue.

pH Levels

The best way to avoid the need for a myriad of chemicals is through easy, preventative maintenance. The pH levels of the pool should be checked approximately twice a week during the summer, possibly more depending upon the number of people using the pool and the frequency.

A variety of factors affect pH levels, from UV rays to water temperatures. Controlling the pH levels is essential and the better the pH levels, the less chlorine individuals will have to use.

Skimmers and Filters

The job of skimmer baskets is to catch contaminants and debris from the top of the water before it has a chance to sink to the bottom. The basket should be cleaned weekly. A clean basket will ensure effective skimming of the water.

The filter system on a pool should be checked regularly and the filter replaced as needed or sand added, depending upon the type of filtration system the pool employs. It’s always a good idea to clean the filter after a storm. If there’s a significant amount of flowers or trees near the pool, be watchful for vegetative material that can get in the pool.

The Pool

In-ground pools can develop cracks, leaks or tears in liners over time that may not be immediately obvious. It’s a good idea to check the floor and walls of the pool, particularly if it’s been in the ground for some time.

Professional pool maintenance companies employ high-tech methods that save time and are able to discern even the smallest of damage. It’s just one of the reasons that a majority of pool owners choose to hire a professional pool company for their needs.

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Common Pool Maintenance Mistakes

Everyone wants to save money, but a DIY approach to the swimming pool isn’t necessarily a good idea. It can actually cost you money in the long run, make the pool unusable, and cause damage. The following are some of the most common mistakes that people make when trying to service the pool themselves.

Automatic Pool Cleaner

A robotic cleaner may sound like a time saver to remove algae, but it only succeeds in pushing it around the pool. The mesh bags used by automatic cleaners quickly become clogged and instead of capturing algae it’s simply stirred up within the pool.

Brushing

Failure to give the pool a thorough and regular brushing results in scum build-up that’s unpleasant and unhygienic.

Calcium Content

Balancing the calcium hardness in the pool extends the life of everything from the vinyl liner to the filter. Too much calcium will make the water cloudy.

Filter

You want the pool to look clear and sparkling and to obtain that appearance the filter should be run a minimum of eight hours each day. Less than that and the water can become contaminated with all types of unwelcome elements.

pH Levels

The pH level in pools requires close monitoring to ensure the water is appropriate for swimming and to prevent damage to equipment. A pH level that’s too acidic will damage filters, pumps, heaters, vinyl liners, automatic pool cleaners and solar blankets.

Shocking the Pool

Pouring “pool shock” directly into the pool can set up a chain of events that will be expensive to repair. Pool shock is concentrated chlorine. When poured directly into the pool, t sinks to the bottom and bleaches the vinyl liner, which then becomes brittle. It’s only a matter of time before the liner fails and leaks occur.

Testing

There are a number of things that a pool should be tested for each week beyond the pH and alkaline levels. To ensure a safe and sanitary pool, you’ll need to test for calcium hardness, salt, copper, iron, and chlorine.

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Can Germs be Spread in a Swimming Pool?

For many people, the sight of a pool with sparkling blue water is equated with a clean and hygienic environment. What many don’t realize is that pool water doesn’t have to be dark, murky or discolored to be filled with bacteria, viruses, fungi, and even parasites.

Chlorine is regularly added to pools to help control the growth of germs, but it also requires time to work. The effects aren’t immediate and some parasites are highly resistant to chlorine. If someone swims in a pool with a contagion, it can easily be spread to anyone else that uses the pool no matter how much care is taken to maintain waters in a hygienic manner.

The human body can be host to all sorts of germs, sometimes long before an individual even show symptoms. When it comes to swimming pools, the most common types are those that result in gastrointestinal distress and the typical transmission vector is fecal matter. The germs found in pools pose the greatest risk for children, the elderly, and people that are pregnant. It’s particularly dangerous for those with a compromised immune system.

Swimming is an activity that’s fun and healthy. There’s no reason that anyone should deprive themselves of the pleasure of a pool. However, germs are everywhere and there’s no way to avoid them or completely eradicate them from personal environments, but there are steps that can be taken to control them.

The potential for infection is just one of the reasons why the services of a pool professional are invaluable for mitigating the spread of germs via the pool. A professional is aware of the specific hazards associated with pools and is able to treat the water with the right chemicals at the correct time to maintain the cleanest and most hygienic environment.

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