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A swimming pool can be a great addition to your home. The kids can have fun splashing around; sitting poolside is a perfect way to relax on the weekends. But, if you want to enjoy the pool, you need to take good care of it. It requires regular maintenance, and failure to perform it, will certainly dampen the experience. Here are some basics of pool care that you must tend to.
Keeping your pool in tip-top shape is about a lot more than adding the right chemicals to keep the water clean. Proper circulation is paramount to properly cleanse the water. Running your pump for the appropriate amount of time is key; but, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to how long. It will depend on individual factors such as size of the pool, how many people swim in it and the size of the pump. Your pool builder will know the answer to this, and abide by whatever he tells you. A good rule of thumb is one hour for every ten degrees of temperature.
There are various measurements you need to perform to ensure your water is balanced and being sanitized properly. The pH levels should fall between 7.2 and 7.6, while total alkalinity should be between 120 to 150 ppm. Optimal calcium hardness will depend on whether you have a concrete or vinyl pool, with desired levels being 200-250 ppm and 175-225 ppm, respectively. Free chlorine levels should measure between 1 to 3 ppm. Ideally, you should check levels two to three times a week, and use the necessary products as needed to reach these optimal measurements.
All sorts of stuff can build up in your pool that makes the water cloudy and contributes to bacterial growth. Examples include dirt and other organic matter from the environment, oils from suntan lotion, make-up, hair products and oils from your hair and skin. Shocking your pool regularly helps cleanse the pool of all this matter, keeping water clean, clear and free of algae and other organisms. Shocking products come in a large variety, with some containing chlorine and some being free of this chemical. Which is better is a matter of debate; your pool professional can advise you on which treatment is best for your pool. You should shock it once a week. After each shock, add algaecide to the water to keep bacterial growth in check.
Daily tasks include skimming the pool and clearing the baskets. Clean the walls and floors once a week with vacuums, brushes and cleansers suggested by your pool professional. If you want to make this task less time-intensive, consider setting aside 10 minutes a day to brush down the walls. If you are caught off guard by a storm and did not cover the pool, you should do a thorough cleaning—vacuum twice; test pH and other markers and adjust as needed.
About the Author:Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who blogs about various home maintenance topics; she recommends following the link to learn more about above ground pools for sale in Cincinnati.
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