Swimming pools are great and expensive investments whether they are for private or public use. You need to engage the services of a professional swimming pool construction company like White’s Pools so as to get real value for your money if you are to put up a swimming pool or to have professional maintenance of the same. Some basic maintenance practices should be done regularly to ensure the swimming pool is hygienic and safe for use. This article highlights some top tips on ensuring hygienic swimming pools.
Tips for ensuring a hygienic swimming pool
Water chlorine level
The chlorine levels need to be maintained within the permissible range or else algae will start growing in your pool making it unsafe for swimming. The recommended chlorine levels are between 1 part-per-million (ppm) and 3ppm.The chlorine levels should be checked daily to prevent any rise or fall of the same. It is advisable to do pool shocking once in a week, which means having the chlorine levels at quite some high level like between 6ppm and 10ppm. This is meant to damage any organic matter that may be starting to develop.
Water pH level
The potential of hydrogen or pH measures the acidity or the base content of substance. The pool water needs to have the pH levels maintained at a level of not less than 7.2ppm and not more than 7.6ppm.Having pH level higher than 7.2ppm will affect the effectiveness of chlorine and cause filter problem due to a buildup of scale in the pool. On the other hand, low pH levels will result in the consumption of the chlorine residue in the pool and corrosion of the pipes.
Regular cleaning of water filters
The pool water filters ensure no dirt, and small particles of unwanted substances get into the pool. You need to clean the filters regularly as per their manufacturers’ instructions. This will avoid getting them clogged and give them a longer life.
Skimming the pool
You need to skim the pool on a daily basis to remove any branches, leaves, and insects among other huge things that may be in the pool. The baskets of the skimmers should be cleaned daily to remove all those dirt that have been collected in them. Properly cleaned skimmers prevent the big things getting back into the pool water and going to the filters damaging them.
Walls and floor cleaning
The sides and floor of the pool may have algae starting to grow on them. They need regular brushing to remove any algae that may be forming. Algae results to unpleasant color forming on the tiles of the walls and floor and make them slimy too. The floor of the pool needs regular vacuuming to remove any solid dirt particles that may have settled there.
Water level maintenance and pool covering
The water levels need to be maintained at the correct level to ensure the pump does not get damaged when it sucks air instead of water. The pool should be covered while not in use to prevent the dirt, branches, leaves and other unwanted things getting into the water making it dirty.