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Swimming Pool Maintenance Guide

If you have a swimming pool at your home or are considering the installation of one, then it is important that you understand the importance of pool maintenance. A pool can add value to your home and create a great opportunity for the family to have fun. Kids love having a swimming pool to play in and parents like being able to relax in the pool on the weekend or after a long day of work. However, there are many different things that go into having a pool. Regular maintenance is imperative for keeping your pool in a condition that is healthy and clean. The water needs to be kept clean and free from things like bacteria and algae at all times. This guide can help you understand how to keep your pool in great shape and ready for swimming.

Keeping Your Pool Clean

The first thing that you will need to do is keep your pool clean. This includes the area around the pool as well. There are several ways to do this. The first thing you will need to do is get a net. This will allow you to walk around the pool and clean various things like leaves, grass and insects that may get in the pool. Keeping things off the top makes your pool look good and keeps things from ending up on the bottom later. You will also need to keep the bottom of your pool clean. This can be done with the use of a pool vacuum. There are many different types available. Be sure to vacuum the bottom of your pool at least once every few days. You can also invest in an automatic pool vacuum. These are connected to the pool with a hose and roll around the bottom of the pool on wheels to remove debris. Finally, you will want to keep the concrete or deck around your pool swept. This will help keep debris from ending up in the pool later. When doing this, always be sure to empty the debris that is caught in the skimmer.

Pool Chemicals

Swimming Pool MaintenanceThe most important chemical for your pool is chlorine. This helps to keep your water sanitary and ensure that there are no bacteria in the water. Chlorine comes in a few different forms. You can find chlorine tablets, chlorine powder and chlorine sticks. Choose the form that works best for you or with the equipment that you have. You will also need to shock your pool as well. This helps to keep the water clear and remove any contaminants that may be found in it. Things like sun tan oil, cosmetics or other contaminants from the atmosphere can get in your water and create an unsafe environment. Keeping your pool shocked is the best way to help the chlorine do its job. Finally you will need to

Keeping PH in Check

When you are adding chlorine and shock to your pool, you should probably check your PH as well. Your pool PH is ideal when it is between 7.2 and 7.6. If your PH is too low or too high, your water will be either too acidic or too alkaline. Both of these states can lead to problems with keeping your pool clean and healthy. If your ph is alkaline then you will need to treat it with a chemical that will bring the PH down like muriatic acid. If the PH is too acidic, then you will need to get a chemical that will raise the PH. In this case soda ash or sodium bicarbonate will help.

 

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