When a person buys their own swimming pool it can bring a real sense of luxury to their existence. What could be better than enjoying the sunshine and staying fit, all within the confines of your own property? There can be quality family times, plus events where friends come over to swim.

As with most things that we buy, pools require regular maintenance. This is essential to protect the health of all those who use it. It will also extend the life of the pool.

This article explains some of the key things any owner will need to regularly bear in mind.

Issues With Calcium

Many people will have seen swimming pools that have calcium growing under the water like icicles. According to the professionals, calcium stains most commonly occur when there are consistently high levels of pH in the water. It can be the most complex and difficult issue to stay on top of. Fortunately, it can be treated without needing to drain the water, and this process can also help stop future calcium deposits from appearing.

Keep The Water Circulating

Water that flows through streams will always be fresh, whilst rainwater in pools can quickly become stagnant. The same thing applies to our swimming pools. Ideally, there should be a pump in constant use to keep the water moving. If the electricity costs are prohibitive, however, keep it on for only 12 hours a day rather than 24.

When the water is well circulated this will help prevent the build-up of algae. If this builds up it can risk peoples’ health, including their eyes, ears, and skin. People have even experienced issues with their digestion and nervous systems because of algae infestations in the water. Pool owners regularly apply algaecide to the water, as part of the maintenance process.

Perform Manual Cleaning And Checks

Some people use net skimmers that harness a telescopic pole. Others use pool brushes or vacuums. The cleaning process should be done at least once a week to remove leaves, hair, and other things that have entered the water.

Specific occasions when the water should be tested would be after use or heavy rain. Pool owners should regularly assess the pH, alkalinity, and sanitiser levels. Check the pH and chlorine levels twice a week, and the alkalinity once a week. Special testing strips can help identify such things as cyanuric acid and chlorine. Chlorine acts as a disinfectant that will kill any bacteria present. It can be introduced to the water using dissolvable tablets,  granules, or liquid.

Purchase Shocking Products

As part of the maintenance process, these items will help you retain clear water that is free of germs.

Chlorine can be very strong smelling and can also affect the eyes. Shocking products will help reduce these effects.

Filter The Water

It is essential that the water is being filtered all the time. For this reason, the pipes must be working correctly, alongside the filter motors.

Some people have saltwater systems that require saltwater chlorinators. For other types of water, people may use cartridge filters (using replaceable cartridges) or sand filters that should be replaced four times a year (after each season). D.E. (diatomaceous earth) filters can also be used.

The Need To Cover The Pool

When the pool is not in use, it should be protected from the elements. They could be anything from the soil to things dropping from overhead trees. By using a pool cover, the risk of children or pets falling into the water will also be removed.

When the pool is covered, the evaporation process will be restrained. Mosquitoes will be unable to find a breeding ground here, either.

Other Considerations

Safety should be at the heart of everything that is done regarding your swimming pool. If surfaces near the pool have become broken, there may be jagged edges. They could be dangerous if someone were to slip over on the wet surface. For this reason, the area surrounding the pool should be rigorously maintained.

Pools use electricity in order for pumps and filters to operate. Water and electricity don’t mix, however, so any appliances should be totally sealed to prevent electrocution. Children who use the pool should be supervised at all times. There should be restrictions regarding non-swimmers, and how many people can use the pool at a time.

When a family swimming pool is correctly maintained and stewarded, it can provide many years of enjoyment. Its users can be kept safe as they enjoy the healthy fun that it provides.

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