The Basics Of Pool Maintenance
Useful Hints and Tips
Whether you are interested in building a new pool, or already have one in your house, it is necessary for you to know what all goes in taking care of your pool. You should keep few basics in mind as they will help you in maintaining your Mesa pool in top condition.
As a first step, it is important to achieve proper swimming pool balance. This can be achieved by maintaining proper alkalinity and pH. This is the most basic aspect of pool case, because having incorrect balance may ultimately affect chlorine’s effectiveness. The target alkalinity is between 100-155, and the target pH is between 7.2-7.5.
Water purification is another aspect of pool care. Mostly, chlorine is used as a sanitation chemical for water purification. Sometimes bromine is also used because it has less harsher smell as compared to chlorine. However, you may need more of it to achieve adequate level of sanitation. Usually bromine in preferred in hot tubs and spas because it maintains its effectiveness even at high temperatures.
Chlorine remains in water even when it has lost its effectiveness. Aside from this, pool water is also affected by the dead skin cells, environmental contaminants, and debris. Shocking (raising chlorine levels for a short time) should be performed at least once a week, sometimes even more during rains or drought to get rid of all these contaminants. This helps in killing all bacteria, algae and other contaminants. Non-chlorine shocking treatments are also available for those sensitive to chlorine.
Skimmers should be used for removing leaves and other debris from the pools. Build up due to debris can also lead to discoloration of pools. You can buy a testing kit from a pool supply store to monitor your pools balance. With all these steps, you can ensure a fun swimming pool season for you and your family!