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A Guide to Swimming Pool Maintenance

Swimming pool maintenance is a technical process, which focuses on clean water and balanced water chemistry, therefore the maintenance must be a weekly task of pool cleaning and maintaining the chemical balance of the pool water by testing the pH and free available chlorine in the pool water, as well as conducting shock-treat. If the following incidence occurs, such as: heavy rains and windstorms, more swimmers using the pool, foul odor from the pool water, extreme temperatures, swimmers experiencing burning, red eyes, algae growth, and murky, slimy water, additional shock treatment must be done.

When you properly balanced your swimming pool water by maintaining the correct levels of pH of water, alkalinity and calcium hardness, the following positive results take place: metal equipment and accessories of the pool are prevented from corrosion; plaster surfaces of the pool are protected from etching; prevents scale formation which can damage pool equipment, stain surfaces, and cloud your water; and prevents eye and skin irritation.

In properly maintaining the chlorine level of the swimming pool, see to it that the level is in between 1 and 4 ppm in order to prevent bacteria and algae growth, as well as keeping proper sanitation of the pool. Chlorine can be derived from these options to keep the pool clean: basic chlorinating tabs, liquid chlorine, chlorinating tabs, or chlorinating granules. The properties of basic chlorinating tablets, which are available in 1 inch and 3 inch sizes, are: slow-dissolving tablets, has a built-in stabilizer to protect the chlorine from sunlight burn-off, and can be used in a floating dispenser, skimmer or automatic chlorinator. Liquid chlorine is two or three times stronger when formulated for pools, easy to apply and effective as a sanitizer, but has a short shelf life. A variety of chlorinating tablets are available in the market for swimming pool maintenance, which are useful for effectively removing contaminants in the pool water, as well as soften the water and protect the pool equipment. The beneficial use of chlorinating granules is that they have multi-functional capabilities, such as chlorinating, shocking and killing algae in a single, daily application.
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Shock treatment of the swimming pool must be strictly done every week, without fail, to remedy the pool from the following: contaminants which can cause cloudy water, chlorine odor and eye irritation, and reducing the need for other chemicals. You may choose any of the two kinds of shock products, since they are both effective, they are: basic shock products, which have these properties: kill bacteria, breakdown cosmetics, suntan lotions, perspiration and other swimmers’ wastes, reduces chlorine odor and eye irritation, and helps to keep the pool sparkling clear, and multi-functional shock products, which have the following properties: restore water clarity by destroying bacteria and swimmers’ wastes, balances the pH of the water, enhances filtration, protects pool water from algae growth.
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There are two regular tasks that must be habitually done for your swimming pool: the daily task, which is skimming the debris out of the pool and cleaning all skimmer baskets during the swimming season, and the weekly task, which is testing the pool water, cleaning the walls and floor using cleaners, brushes, and vacuums and hosing down the pool area after cleaning.