Swimming Pool Maintenance

You have your own pool - somewhere to cool off after the day's toil, fun and exercise for the family and friends.  But to keep it healthy and looking good requires regular maintenance.

Whether you have an in-ground pool, an on-ground pool or a Spa Pool, you need to make sure the water is cleaned and properly treated and the debris is removed.  This will not only ensure that your pool continues to look good, but it will help prevent or delay long term deterioration and, most importantly, will help prevent the build up of bacteria that could cause serious illnesses.

Filtration Systems  Filter systems should be used every day: if not 24 hours,  they should be used for at least 8 hours - possibly on a timer.  Filter systems pass the water through a filter to remove suspended debris.  There are three basic types: Sand filters, DE filters (which filter out finer particles than sand filters) and Cartridge Filters.  Sand and DE filters need to be regularly cleaned by backwashing.  Cartridge Filters need to be removed and cleaned.  Whatever the type of filter used, it will eventually need replacement - sand filters last about 8 to 10 years.

Water Treatments The water in your pool needs to be treated to kill bacteria and to maintain the correct chemical balance to ensure the pool is comfortable and long lasting.

Chlorination Chlorine is a sanitizer used to kill bacteria - it needs to be at the right level to be effective without itself becoming a problem for the pool users.  It may be added using granules, tablets, liquid or by using salt and electricity to generate chlorine by electrolysis.

Acidity or pH  Pools should be kept slightly alkaline - a pH of between 7.2 and 7.6 is ideal.  This provides the greatest comfort level and allows the chlorine to work best.  If your pH level is wrong, it may lead to long term damage to your pool.  You need to monitor your pool's pH level and add acid or alkaline and salts to stabilize the pool at the right level.

Calcium  Low calcium levels can make the water corrosive - too much calcium can lead to a build-up of lime scale.  You should have a sample of your pools water checked for calcium levels at least once a year - more often if you use a calcium based sanitizer.

Pumps and Cleaners  Pressure or vacuum cleaners are used to keep the bottom and sides of your pool clean.  There a re automatic and manual varieties.

Professional Pool Maintenance Services  You may be able to hire professional services to look after the maintenance of your pool for you.  Even if you look after the day-to-day maintenance your self, you may still be well advised to have a thorough inspection and service conducted by a professional at least once a year.

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