A swimming pool can be a fertile ground for breeding algae and bacteria if not maintained regularly and properly. This is because most swimming pools are exposed to elements, animals and swimmers that deposit debris and dirt to the swimming pools that lead to contamination. Regular maintenance of swimming pools is therefore not only good for the better health of the swimmers but also protects your swimming pool equipments from damage. Here are a few tips on how to maintain your swimming pool:
- Ensure your pool water is balanced
The swimming pool water should have the right PH and balanced alkalinity and the right calcium hardness levels. Maintaining correct levels of these elements protects your swimming pool equipment from corroding and keeps the plaster surfaces of the pool from etching. Furthermore, balancing your pool protects against scale formation which can ruin your pool equipment, cloud the pool water and stain the plaster surfaces. Balanced pool water also prevents skin and eye irritation.
- Chlorinate your swimming pool regularly
The chlorine levels in your swimming pool fall continuously, creating an environment that is conducive for algae and bacteria to thrive. To prevent this ensure you are chlorinating your pool regularly. There are several options for chlorinating such as using chlorinating tabs, liquid chlorine or chlorinating granules.
- Shock your swimming pool weekly
You should shock your pool every week without fail. Shocking helps in getting rid of pool contaminants that are usually responsible for chlorine odor, cloudy water and skin and eye irritation among other problems. The basic shock products will help kill bacteria as well as break down any chemical wastes left by swimmers keeping your pool crystal clear. On the other hand multifunctional shock products balances your water PH, enhances filtration and adds an additional algae protection ensuring your is sparklingly clear.
- Consider adding algaecide to your swimming pool
During strong weather elements such as when it is raining or there are strong winds, millions of microscopic plants usually in the form of algae can be deposited in your pool. These if left unchecked will make you pool unusable as the filters will be clogged, there will be low circulation of water and the effectiveness of any pool chemicals will be diminished. Algaecides therefore are essential in preventing and treating any algae growth in your swimming pool.
- Regularly clean your swimming pool
You should skim any debris out of the swimming pool daily. Additionally ensure that all skimmer baskets are cleaned daily during the swimming season. Furthermore, test the pool water every week and make sure it is balanced. Also, clean the pool floor and walls weekly starting from the shallow end towards the deed end. It is also necessary to hose the pool area regularly; after cleaning and before you use the pool.
Having a clean and well-maintained swimming pool is not only good for your health; it also ensures that all your pool equipment function properly and can give you years of service. You should, however, use any pool chemical as directed and always wear protective clothing and equipment.