Selecting the Pool Supplies You Need for Maintaining Your Pool
The importance of pool maintenance
Keeping your pool properly maintained can help you get the most out of it, all year around. The right maintenance will also help keep it healthy and clean.
Pool maintenance can be broken down five ways:
- Skim, Brush, and Sweep
Some of the supplies that are needed to keep a chlorine pool in good shape are:
- Water test strips
- Chlorine tablets
- Water Shock
- Skimmer net
- Pool brush
A few optional supplies include:
- Water clarifier
- Scale, metal and stain control
- Chlorine filter
Testing and Chlorinating the Water
The steps to maintaining a pool are fairly simple and take just a little time each week. It is best to begin by checking the water balance about twice a week. Regular testing can inform pool owners of the exact products their pool needs.
The next step entails chlorinating the water. Maintaining a chlorine level of 1 to 3 parts per million will help you fight bacteria that can form in the water, along with viruses, and germs.
Sometimes, a shock treatment is needed. This adds an additional boost of chlorine in the range of 5-10 parts per million. This higher concentration of chlorine is often used after heavy pool usage, after a hard rain, or when chlorine levels read particularly low for any reason. Shock treatments are best when applied either in the morning or in the evening because the UV rays of the sun can destabilize chlorine.
Begin by testing and balancing the pH level of the water. Then, add the shock treatment, then test the chlorine levels again. It is important to avoid entering the pool until chlorine levels are between 1 and 4 parts per million.
While chlorine does help keep the pool clean, it is also important to protect it from algae. An algae buildup can make the pool’s wall and floors feel slick and oily. Algae can be halted and prevented by adding an algaecide to the pool’s water.
Skim and Sweep Routine
Every maintenance session should be concluded with a regular skim and sweep routine. Begin by skimming the top of the water with a skimmer net. This helps clear debris, such as leaves, twigs and other small floating objects. The walls and floor should be swept with a vacuum. All skimmer baskets should be emptied and cleaned at this time.
Additional Maintenance Steps
A maintenance dose of water clarifier can help keep the pool’s water sparkling clean by trapping tiny particles in the water in the pool’s filter. Scale, stain and metal control can also be added, which can help prevent scale from damaging the pool’s filter system. Scale results from heavy doses of calcium.
With regular pool maintenance, and by using high-quality pool supplies, your pool can stay in great shape for the entire swimming season.
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