Owning a swimming pool provides a great opportunity for you to spend time with family and friends while enjoying fun in the sun. However, it is imperative that you keep it clean as this is crucial to the quality and longevity of your investment. Contrary to popular belief, keeping a pool clean is not a difficult task. By using the proper knowledge, advice, tips, and tricks, cleaning your pool can be a breeze.
Maintaining a Balanced pH Level
It is recommended that you maintain a pH level of between 7.2 and 7.8. This is because the higher the pH level goes, the less active your chlorine becomes. By maintaining effective pH levels, you will use less chlorine. By using reduced chlorine, you also ensure that metal components and equipment do not corrode neither do surfaces that are made out of plaster. You will also prevent scale formation which is known to damage equipment, stain services and create cloudy water. Ultimately, maintaining a balanced pH level in your pool reduces skin and eye irritations.
Shocking a pool is another essential part of keeping a pool clean. However pool shocking does not need to be done on a regular basis if you have an ozone system. It should preferably be done at night and use a non-chlorine based shock if you plan on using your pool soon. An alternative way to shock your pool is to run your pump for 24 hours using your ozone system. Provided you are on a 24-hour circulation; you should be just fine.
Make sure that you monitor the water levels in your pool. As a general rule of thumb, the water level should be at the skimmers center. If the water level falls too low, then there is a risk that the pump could dry out or burn up. Alternatively, if the water level is too high, the skimmer will not function correctly, and the ultimate purpose of the skimmer in the pool is to keep debris within the skimmer door and out of the pool.
Using a solar cover over your pool, increases the water temperature by up to 8°C. It also helps to reduce chemical consumption by up to 30%, it eliminates evaporation about 98%, and lowers energy consumption by up to 50%.
Ultimately, investing in the maintenance and servicing of your equipment will help to extend the life of your pool and equipment.