3 Easy Tips To Keep Your Pool Clean This Summer
Proper pool care is essential for a safe swimming experience. It not only keeps you pools sparkling clean but also lowers the risk of bacterial and fungal infections.
Germs can easily make their way into the water. Crypto (Cryptosporidium), for instance, can resist in a chlorinated pool for over 10 days. Between 2009 and 2010, 55 percent of recreational water-associated gastroenteritis outbreaks were caused by this germ.
Imagine what a poorly maintained pool could do to your loved ones! Skin and wound infections, diarrheal diseases, pneumonia, and encephalitis are just a few of the health risks you should be aware of.
Luckily, pool cleaning isn’t rocket science. Whether you hire an expert or do it yourself, the whole process is quick and simple. Here are three easy tips to keep your pool clean this summer:
Test Pool Chemical Safety
Nowadays, pool chemicals are powerful enough to destroy the most resistant germs. Chlorine is no longer your only option. However, using too much or too little of these products can do more harm than good. That’s why it’s important to test pool chemical safety at regular intervals.
First of all, follow the safety precautions and dosage directions listed on the product label. Do not return spilled material to the bottle or store it for later use. Also, you should never reuse empty containers. Get rid of any unused products after closing the pool. Always run the pump when adding pool cleaners and other chemicals.
Use a test kit to check to check the water balance. Ideally, its pH should be between 7.2 and 7.6. Next, check the levels of chlorine, bromine, salt, and other sanitizers. Chlorine levels, for instance, should be between one and four parts per million. Check pool chemistry once or twice a week.
To keep your pool free of algae and contaminants, add algaecide and shock weekly. Do the same after storms, and pool parties.
Toss in a Tennis Ball
The oils and chemicals in suntan lotions and other skin care products end up in the pool. Over time, they build up in the water and affect its pH. This is what causes that sticky feeling we all hate.
Here’s a trick you can use. Throw a tennis ball into the pool for a couple of hours. Due to its porous surface, it will absorb excess oils and other residues that don’t belong in the water.
Make Skimming and Scrubbing a Habit
While the water filter will remove small particles, you still need to skim the leaves, insects, and debris off of the surface of the water. Ideally, this should be done every day.
Also, it’s important to scrub the pool sides once every two weeks or so. This will prevent algae buildup and keep the water clear. If you afford, invest in a robot vacuum for cleaning the pool bottom. The latest models will scrub, sweep, and vacuum the walls and bottom of the pool within minutes.
In addition to these simple measures, schedule a yearly pool service appointment. Unless you’re a pool maintenance expert yourself, it’s hard to tell when something goes wrong with your filters, pumps, or heating system. A professional can check your swimming pool and detect any problems before they escalate.