Pool Maintenance 101

Maintaining the overall cleanliness and function of a swimming pool is no easy task—you need to have patience and be ready to invest some of your time in making sure that your swimming pool is always a safe and fun place. Maintaining your swimming pool also protects its structure and lengthens your pool’s life.

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Maintaining your swimming pool is easy, if you follow these tips. Remember, regular maintenance of your pool makes a lot of difference, so make sure you take note of these tips so that you can be able to make the most out of your swimming pool.

Tip # 1: Check your pool’s PH level.

Chlorine maintains your pool’s cleanliness and overall hygiene. A PH level of 7.0 will allow the chlorine to be 73% active, making it safer and cleaner. If the PH level rises to 8.0, the chlorine’s effectiveness will slightly reduce. Make sure you check the pool’s PH level and keep it consistent.

Tip # 2: Make your pool’s alkalinity levels between 80-140 PPM.

Your water’s alkalinity level affects the pool’s balance and sanitizers. The desired level of alkalinity is between 80-140 PPM, and keeping it at this rate would definitely make your pool clean all the time.

Tip # 3: Clean your pool’s chlorine generators regularly.

Remember to check your pool’s salt water system or cells on a regular basis. Dirty cells can corrode or block chlorine from being evenly distributed throughout the pool. A clean cell allows chlorine to treat your pool’s water effectively.

Tip # 4: Add chemicals, especially chlorine, at night.

Chemicals, especially chlorine, work best after the sun has set. Add chemicals to your pool at night so that the sun won’t affect the chemical’s properties during the day.

Tip # 5: Replace broken or missing or drain suctions.

When you notice your swimming pool’s drain suctions missing or broken, it’s important that your replace them immediately. This will prevent any accidents from happening in the future.

Tip # 6: Run your swimming pool’s pumps regularly.

Try to run your pool’s pumps long enough so that it will circulate effectively and efficiently. It is advisable to run your pump for 1 hour for every 10 degrees of temperature. By letting your pool have proper circulation, you’re extending your swimming pool’s life.

Tip # 7: Check TDS(Total Dissolved Solids) every 6 months.

TDS or Total Dissolved Solids affects your pool’s water balance, and make sure you check yours every 6 months in order to maintain the sanitation and hygiene of your swimming pool.

Having a swimming pool sure is a lot of fun, but always remember that maintaining it is also part of the process. It only takes a little of your time, energy, some patience, and money, but always remember that all those moments that are built around your swimming pool will always be priceless. Following the tips above can make sure that you’d enjoy your pool for many years to come.

About the Author:
Mark enjoys swimming in his back yard, thanks to Barrier Reef Swimming Pools. He also enjoys blogging and learning about technology.

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