How To Properly Maintain The Water In Your Pool
Pool water maintenance is crucial to help ensure the water stays clean and healthy. If you are not aware of what you need to do, follow these tips to learn how to maintain your water.
Materials And Tools
Before you get started, gather the following items to help you maintain and clean your pool water.
- Pool vacuum
- Skimming Net
- Pool brush
- Water shock
- Water test strips
- Balancing The Water
You will need to constantly test your swimming pool’s water so you can be sure that it has the proper chlorine levels. While you should test at least two times a week, you will also want to test after heavy usage of the pool, which can cause the chlorine to be unbalanced.
Thankfully, there are test strips that take care of all the guesswork for you. Simply dip the test strip into the pool water, and it will change colors accordingly. You will know within a minute what your chlorine levels are, and the color of the strip will tell you how much chlorine you need to add to the water.
Without proper chlorine levels, your pool will become a breeding ground for bacteria and algae.
If you tested your water and have discovered low chlorine levels, chances are you now have some bacteria in the water. The best way to get rid of it is to add a chemical called water shock. It is a preventative measure that adds a high concentration of chlorine, and will kill most bacteria that may be living in the water. Since bacteria can grow due to low chlorine levels, use water shock when the chlorine levels are at their lowest, such as after a large rainfall.
Using water shock is as simple as following the directions. You will want to add the proper amount to the water in the evening or the early morning, as sunlight can actually make your chlorine levels unstable. When finished, test the water to make sure the chlorine has gone back to the proper levels before using the pool again.
You will need to clean your pool regularly using a pool brush to get rid of any algae that may be growing in your pool. Algae will be slick and oily, and typically grow on the bottom or sides of your pool. Loose algae can be skimmed off the surface of the water with a net, or removed with a pool vacuum.
It also helps to use an algaecide as a regular part of your pool maintenance routine. It is a chemical that is added to your water, and stops the algae spores that enter your water from growing. Be sure to follow the manufacture’s directions for how much algaecide to use for the size of your swimming pool.
Now that you are aware of how to perform some basic water maintenance for your pool, you should have no problem keeping your water safe and clean for your friends and family.