How To Properly Clean Your Pool
As the dreaded summer heat creeps out from the tail end of spring we find ourselves faced with the tedious task of pool maintenance and cleaning. The vitality of proper pool cleaning is cru
-cial to you and your families health, considering that unclean water can cause infections and illnesses. However, do not fear, cleaning out your pool does not mean you must also clean out your wallet, there are merely a few steps that must be followed in order to maintain a sanitary and safe environment in your backyard get away.
For proper pool cleaning one must first remove the loose debris (such as leaves) from the water, a skimmer can be used to do so, take care in discarding of the collected debris so that they do not find their way back into your pool.
you can clean your pool filter by switching it to backwash or if you have a sand filter you can add sand or diatomaceous earth to the filter. After switching the filter to the backwash setting, allow all the deposits to drain into the drainage area. Once the water emerging from the filter runs clear, switch the filter back to “on.” Following this is crucial to remove any algae buildup that may have housed itself on the walls of your pool, a scrub brush with a long handle can be used to scrub the walls, thus keeping it from transferring onto you.
After that it is time to tackle the bottom of the pool, break out the vacuum (this is no job for the Hoover), a pool vacuum can be used to capture any debris that is on the bottom of your pool. However, be sure that there is not a massive amount of debris built up; the rule of thumb here is if you cannot see the floor you may need to contact a specialized pool maintenance company.
Last but not least is simple chemistry, check the pH levels of your pool water, this can be done with a pool testing kit. The Center for Disease Control and prevention states that the chlorine results should be between one to three parts per million. In addition, the pH should read between 7.2 and 7.8. If these numbers are not present on your pH reading you can continue to add chlorine and other pool related chemicals until the PPM and pH are in range.
Chlorine may be added in the form of tablets, which are the least expensive form, there are various floatation devices that the tablet can be inserted into and will disperse itself over a period of time. Also, you can shock your pool with an algaecide once a week, this will prevent the growth of algae and protect your skin from fungus infections.
By regularly skimming your pool, testing the pH and PPM you can rest assured that every underwater immersion will be a sanitary excursion.