Swimming pools are surely a fun part of a house or a hotel. Although, did you ever know how many germs could that pool carry? Germs can easily enter a swimming pool, especially during summers. These germs and bacteria can be dangerous and hazardous, hence pools and jacuzzis use chlorine to kill these germs. When chlorine is added to the water, it breaks down into hypochlorous acid and hypochlorite ion, both of which kill microorganisms and bacteria. The acid part of this component has the ability to kill organisms right away, whereas the latter takes up to 30 minutes.
Although chlorine is very helpful in killing germs, it has some noticeable side effects too, on the human body. Some might feel the itch on their skin when it comes in contact with chlorine. Others might also find the smell very unpleasant. Some might feel their skin color has darkened. And chlorine also has an affect on fabrics, and makes it dull, if not washed quickly after you’re done swimming.
If the pool stinks too much, then either the water is infected, or the germ killing chemicals have been added too much. This can be a major problem for eye irritation. Follow some of these pool maintenance tips to keep the pool water clean:
1. Clean the pool by removing any dirt or unwanted elements like leaves, bugs, debris, that you see floating on the top, with the help of pool net. Do this once a week.
2. With the help of a pool vaccum, you can easily remove dirt, leaves, and other debris from the bottom of the pool, which is not possible by a pool net. You can repeat this task every third day or once a week along with surface cleaning. You can easily find automatic pool vacuums that are available for above ground swimming pools and inground swimming pools. This saves a lot of your time and energy.
3. Keep the pool pump running continuously since it allows regular pushing out of debris and doesn’t allow it to settle down. An energy saving model for a pump is recommended since it’s suggested that you run the pump 24/7.
4. You can easily clear your pool by adding a clarifier. A regular maintenance of the pool and adding clarifier after every few days is a good solution.
5. A backwash pulls water from the swimming pool to the filter and in this manner it filters heavy chunks of dirt or debris. If you notice the pressure gauge on your filter raising 10 psi above normal reading, then a backwash is required. After this, the gauge pressure should return to normal.
6. If you don’t use the pool too often and find it difficult to maintain it, then it’s best to cover it up and reduce your maintenance time and effort.
7. To keep the water clean, you can also use algaecide. It is very common for algae to grow in a pool that isn’t maintained. You can find out algae growth if you see green substance floating and growing on the surface of the pool. Removing the algae once it’s formed is a daunting task. To avoid such a situation, you can use algaecide which prevents algae growth.
8. When there are too many people entering the pool, then you should add extra pool shock. You should add extra shock for times when you’ve lost electricity.
9. In order for the filter to remove necessary debris effectively, you should chemically clean the filter with a filter cleaner on a regular basis.
10. Add a pH decreaser if the pH or total alkalinity levels are high and a pH increaser to raise the levels and balance the water chemistry, if the pH levels are low. The right pH level is extremely necessary.
Gerry C. is works at a leading landscaping, designing and maintenance firm. He has served clients from the corporate sector and has also worked on many residential projects. He is the senior architect and leads many successful and innovative landscape designs at this company.