How do I keep my pool sparkling clean ?
To make sure you keep your pool in tip-top shape there are a couple of areas you will have to concentrate your efforts on, maintaining or adjusting the chemical balance of the pool water, and removing foreign particles from your swimming pool. It is extremely important to adjust the pH before adding the chlorine.
Maintaining the chemical balance needs to be done on a regular basis, we can’t do this every time we remember to. We need to regularly test the pools water and adjust the levels, by adding pool chemicals, according to the results of the pool water tests.
In order to clean the pool of any unwanted debris, we rely on a water circulation and a filtration system. Regular brushing and vacuuming of our swimming pools ensures a minimum of foreign debris in the pool water, and we also need to clean the filter itself or replace the filtration medium when necessary.
Set-up a regular swimming pool maintenance program, this can help to prevent swimming pool problems, and avoid any pool water problems. Prevention is a lot easier than applying the cure.
Why are my eyes burning?
If burning eyes and nose, or dry, irritated skin becomes a problem for you and your guests, there’s a problem with the pools chemistry.
This could be caused by a number of factors.
The pH is too high or low, the alkalinity is too low or the calcium hardness level is too high.
Testing the water chemistry on a regular basis is recommended. Even if the chlorine levels are correct, you can still cause eye irritation.
Swimming Pool Algae
The most common complaint of swimming pool owners is algae. This is because the algae are visible and unsightly. It’s a plant that turns sunlight and carbon dioxide into food then provides nutrients for bacteria which then multiply.
There are three common forms of pool algae: green, yellow, and black. Green algae are the most common. It spreads very quickly and can turn your entire pool green in just a few days. Algae thrive in dark and warm conditions. The other two are still algae, but differing degrees of it.
Unchecked algae can turn your swimming pool cloudy, and give off a foul odour. Black algae, which is the most difficult to remove can actually stain your pool.
Algae are the most basic form of plant life, and its spores are usually carried into your pool water by wind and rain. Since swimming pool algae spores are microscopic, chances are you won’t even notice them in the water at first. But if it’s been raining or there’s been a lot of wind, and you notice that the water lacks sparkle, you should take action immediately. If not, the algae spores can take root in the grouting between the tiles, around light fixtures, in the mouth of the skimmer or in the corners of the steps.
As it grows, it will change from green to yellow, and then to brown. Eventually, if left, it will become black and spotty and can stain your pool.
With anything to do with your pool, prevention is better than the cure. Sufficient levels of chlorine will keep algae from growing, but once it’s noticed a harsh treatment is required, usually a shock treatment using chlorine then an algaecide, and then a good hand vacuum to remove the dead algae.
Here’s a link to some important information from Health Canada: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/cons/pools-piscine-eng.php – I highly recommend you check it out.
More about Pool Safety and what you can do!
Basically swimming pools are open bodies of water which are constantly influenced by the environment and the swimmers using the pool.
Rain, wind and sunshine all influence the purity and clarity of the water. Mostly it’s the people using the pool who introduce foreign particles such as sweat, lotions, oils and yes urine into the water.
In maintaining a clean, healthy pool we need to add some type of sanitizing agents to keep the pool water clean and clear, and to prevent illness. This is usually achieved through the use of chlorine, which has also been shown to be carcinogenic. Alternative agents, such as our line of green products can greatly reduce the amount of chlorine and other chemicals your swimming pool requires.
The balance and quantity of chemicals we put into your pool is extremely important from a health point of view. On the one hand we have bacteria, viruses and fungus which can potentially cause illness, and on the other hand, the swimming pool chemicals we add can cause physical harm. Unfortunately, we can only see the relatively harmless yellow/green algae and the black algae that are present in the pools water, the rest…the really harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi remains invisible to the naked eye. By keeping a regular pool maintenance schedule we can prevent these harmful bacteria, and ensure a healthy and enjoyable time by the poolside.
To keep your pool clean and clear, we concentrate our efforts on two major areas. Maintaining and adjusting the chemical balance of the water, and removing any unwanted dirt or foreign particles from the swimming pool.
The chemical balance of the water cannot be maintained by adding chemicals when we remember to, we need to regularly test the water and adjust the levels, by adding any required chemicals depending on the results.
To remove unwanted particulates from the pool, we rely on a water filtration and circulation system. Regular vacuuming and brushing of our pools ensures a minimum of foreign particles in the water, and when necessary we clean the filter itself or replace it.
Keeping a regular swimming pool maintenance program can go a long way in helping to prevent illnesses, and avoid any water problems. Prevention is better than the cure, and a lot easier.
Your Pool Filtration System
One of the most important things in swimming pool maintenance is the filtration system. It’s extremely important to keep the water clean and circulating to filter out particulates. There are many types of filters available for your swimming pool water. Diatomaceous earth, anthracite, Sand and gravel and cartridge types are the filter mediums most commonly employed. Swimming pool filtration systems push water through tiny passageways, thus filtering it. Any particles larger than these passageways are trapped and then separated from the main body of water. This process continues until all of these passageways are blocked, at which point the filter must be cleaned and the cycle repeated.
Monitoring Your Pool
Check your pool for the following:
are your returns very weak?
is the automatic vacuum not working?
is the water clarity starting to look dull?
If any of these conditions exist, it’s probably time to clean the filters. Most pools only need this done twice a year, depending on the number people who use the pool.