A relaxing swim in the backyard pool epitomizes summer. However, to maintain safe and enjoyable dips, your swimming pool requires regular maintenance and the addition of the appropriate chemicals. It’s critical to address all of the additives that end up in the water each time someone swims, not to forget the problems caused by blown-in plant life. The idea is to develop a consistent maintenance schedule that allows you to spend less time prepping the pool and more time enjoying it. A bad egg is the last one in!
Don’t Jump in Too Fast
Plan to spend additional time sweeping away any material that has accumulated over the winter when reopening your private pool after a season of inactivity. With a pool net, remove the larger leaves and stems first.
Before you start chemically treating the water, run the filters to get things flowing again. Because a normal 1 HP pool pump pumps roughly 3,000 gallons of water per hour, make sure you run it for at least one full cycle. (If you don’t know how many gallons of water your pool contains, multiply the number of cubic feet by 7.5.)
Balance The Levels If at All Possible
Everyone wants to relax during the summer, but properly regulating your swimming pool’s contents is an important part of keeping swimmers’ eyes and skin from being irritated. As a result, it’s critical to follow the recommendations on your pool kit to the point each time you clean your water.
Maintaining a suitable pH, total alkalinity, and calcium balance also protects metals from rust and corrosion and plaster from deteriorating over time, as well as the production of scale, which discolours water, stains surfaces, and can even block your filter if not addressed.
Don’t Forget About Chlorine
While there are chlorine substitutes available, none are as effective or cost-effective as the real thing when it comes to eradicating bacteria and keeping us safe. The chemical acts by eliminating the enzymes, structures, and processes of microbes that could be harmful.
When it comes to chlorination, though, you do have options. Determine whether you want tabs or liquids, and whether you want an all-in-one choice with algaecide or like to deal with the green sludge separately by doing some research. Learn more about chlorinators here.
Don’t Be Afraid to Shock It
Most pool professionals recommend “shocking”—applying 3 to 5 times the regular amount of chlorine—at least 2 times a month, and most would recommend weekly shocks for heavily used pools. Shock is available in liquid or granular form at your swimming pool supply store. Use 3.5 quarts of liquid for every 10,000 gallons of water, and one pound of granular for every 10,000 gallons of water.
The best part is that certain shock treatments operate so quickly that they may re-swim a pool in as little as 15 minutes. Pool expert advice: You’ll still have to shock with chlorine if you use bromine rather than chlorine on a daily basis. Wait till the end of the day for the best results.