Pool Care Made Easy
Over the years, a swimming pool can provides a lifetime of memories and fun for you and your family. In return, you must take time out of your busy schedule to maintain your swimming pool water is properly sanitized, oxidized and balanced, and to make sure your equipment is in good working order.
Do this and your pool will reward you with water that is crystal clear, refreshing, and safe for your family and friends. At times owning a pool may seem overwhelming and frustrating. That’s why Sergios Pool Plaster & Renovations are hear to provide you with three basic tasks that need to be completed on a routine basis.
Sanitize Your Water
Proper sanitation protects swimmers against disease and infection caused by harmful microorganisms. The most common produce people rely on to sanitize and oxidize their pool water is Chlorine. However, there are many different Sanitizer options. Chlorine is the most cost effective way of sanitizing your pool and has been a product of choice for over 100 years. Chlorine must be in your pool at all times and maintained at the ideal “free available chlorine” range. Free available chlorine is the amount of chlorine left to kill new bacteria entering the pool. This is what sanitizes your pool continuously. Chlorine may be added daily, weekly or monthly depending on the type used
Regular oxidation, or “shocking,” eliminates organic contaminants, which improves the efficiency of chlorine and bromine sanitizers and produces maximum water clarity. It’s the best way to ensure that your pool is always sparkling clear and ready for use. Add a chlorine once each week to break up organic matter that can cause pool water to become cloudy or dull. Without regular oxidation, organic contaminants will continue to build up, potentially consuming sanitizing chemicals faster than they are being supplied. When this happens, water quality begins to deteriorate, algae can develop, or the water can become dull and cloudy. Most importantly, adequate protection against disease- and infection-causing microorganisms is difficult to maintain, and bather health cannot be assured.
When opening your pool, and every week during the season, measure the alkalinity, calcium hardness and pH of the pool water. These are the parameters that contribute to water balance. Keep track of your test results. High pH can be reduced with an acid. The most common pool acids are:
- liquid hydrochloric acid (muriatic acid) and
- dry acid (sodium bisulphate).
Extreme care must be taken when adding acid to the pool, as negligence can result in serious burns. Before adding the acid, be sure there are no swimmers in the water and that the pump is running. You will need a plastic bucket to mix the acid in.
By completing these 3 simple steps for pool care your pool water will be sparkling clear, free of harsh chlorine smell.