Pool Cleaning 101

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You have finally achieved your dream of installing a swimming pool at your home. Well done! But the work does not end there. You need to know how to keep swimming pools pristine clean and healthy for use. Here are a few guidelines that will help you.

PH Balance

The term pH describes the level of acidity or alkalinity of your pool. PH is measured on a scale of 0-14. Anything below seven is acidic and above 7 is alkaline.

A low pH will corrode your pool's parts while a high pH will make it hard to kill bacteria. The ideal PH for a pool is 7.4-7.6; that is, slightly alkaline.

You will need to monitor your pool to ensure you maintain this pH. If the pH is too low, add a pH increaser. If it's too high, add a pH decreaser.

Sanitation

Apart from balancing your water's pH, you need to ensure your water remains free of bacteria and algae. Here chlorine is the most frequently used chemical but you can also use Bromine, Biguanide or minerals.

Chlorine is highly effective against bacteria and algae. It is also affordable. Be careful to choose one labeled dichloro or trichloro as these contain stabilizers to ensure the chlorine is less vulnerable to UV rays.

Bromide is an alternative to chlorine but is unstable and therefore is easily consumed by sunlight. It is therefore best reserved for indoor pools. It is also less effective against algae.

Biguanide must be used as a package with related chemicals. It is less effective than chlorine.

Copper and silver may also be used to clean the pool, with a little chlorine as back-up. They however act slower than chlorine.

Pool Shock

This is the act of adding a chemical or more chlorine to your pool to enable the chlorine acting on bacteria (combined chlorine) to be oxidized and broken down.

You may use potassium monopersulfate or calcium hypochlorite to shock the pool. This should be done once a week, ideally at night.

Backup Products

Although chlorine by itself is sufficient, you could stock up on Algaecide and water clarifier for cloudy water. Cyanuric acid acts as a backup to stabilize water in case your chlorine levels dip.

Equip yourself with a pool net to remove dead leaves and a pool cover to keep away dirt and debris when the pool is not in use.

If you are a novice, you may consider consulting pool contractors to walk you through the initial stages of pool maintenance. Alternatively, you can hire them to do the job on a weekly basis.

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