Swimming Pool Chemicals, Cleaning & Maintenance

A pool's filter system does the work to keeping the water clean, but it takes chemistry to do the fine-tuning. It's important to carefully manipulate the chemical balance in pools for several reasons. One reason is that pathogens, such as bacteria, thrive in water. A pool filled with untreated water would be a perfect place for disease-carrying microorganisms to move from one person to another. Also, water with the wrong chemical balance can damage the various parts of the pool. In addition, improperly balanced water can irritate the skin and eyes. Improperly balanced water can also get very cloudy. There are several different chemicals that are recommended and required for pool maintenance, we provide Different types of chemicals to keep your pool water safe and clear.

Chlorine

Chlorine is a very widely used chemical - in fact it’s the most common chemical used for swimming pool sanitizing. The reason for this is that it's very effective at killing contaminants and yet is easy and inexpensive to use. Swimming pool chlorine reacts with the pool water to produce hydrochloric acid and hypochlorous acid. Hypochlorous acid is chlorine's active form and is able to penetrate the cell walls of bacteria and other potentially harmful microorganisms, killing them so they no longer pose a risk to the health of swimmers. While pool chlorine is used for regular, ongoing sanitizing, it can also be used for pool shock treatments. "Shocking" or super-chlorinating a swimming pool refers to raising the chlorine levels until they are ten times the level of the chloramines in the water. Chlorine shock treatments are used during pool openings and whenever extra sanitization is required during the course of the swim season. Pool owners should shock their pool a minimum of every two weeks, especially when their pool is frequently used by a high number of swimmers.

Bromine

Although swimming pool chlorine is the most widely used pool sanitizer, pool bromine is also used. Swimming pool bromine is a highly effective sanitizer, which keeps water clean by killing microorganisms and by combining with and controlling debris in a similar fashion to chlorine.

Pool Shock

The chlorine tablets or granular chlorine that you constantly dissolve into your pool water seeks out and combines with bacteria and other organics on a molecular level, to neutralize these harmful contaminants. In the process of killing these harmful contaminants the chlorine becomes inactive, and the chlorine and bacteria that have combined together is called “Combined Chlorine”. The combined chlorine must be removed from the swimming pool to keep your pool water safe and clean. The combined chlorine is removed by “Shocking” the swimming pool. Super chlorinating or “Shocking” means drastically raising the chlorine level of the swimming pool for a short time, to a high enough level that the combined chlorine is burned up.

Algaecide

Algae blooms cause problems for many swimming pool owners. While lack of proper circulation and out-of-balance water chemistry can lead to the growth of algae in pools, even carefully maintained swimming pools can sometimes experience algae growth. This is because algae spores can be carried into the water by the wind and by swimmers. Once algae blooms take root in your pool, they can become unsightly and can clog your pool's filter. As a result, it's important to use an effective treatment as soon as an algae bloom appears in your pool and it's also a good idea to take measures to prevent algae from growing in your pool in the first place. Algaecides reduce the need for pool shock treatments and are safe for a variety of pool surfaces. Swimming

pool algaecides can take your pool from cloudy to crystal clear in less than 24 hours.

Clarifiers

Cloudy pool water is unsightly and unpleasant to swim in. It is also potentially dangerous as cloudy water can be home to bacteria and viruses that can cause illnesses and infections. Cloudy swimming pools can also be unsafe as the decreased visibility makes it harder to see if swimmers are struggling or in trouble under the water. Consequently, it's extremely important to keep your pool water clean and clear by using pool clarifiers and pool cleaning chemicals. Swimming pool clarifiers allow you to take your pool water from cloudy to crystal clear quickly and easily. Clarifiers work by causing fine debris particles to coagulate into larger particles which can then be removed from the pool water through the pool's filtration system.

Salt Chlorinators

Salt chlorinators are growing in popularity as more people want to make the transition to eco- friendly and are looking for more ways to save money. Salt chlorinators are not an alternative to chlorine. Instead, basic table salt is converted into chlorine when water passes through a generator cell that turns the salt into hypochlorous acid, the same component that is produced when chlorine is added to pool water. As the water returns to the pool, it introduces the newly produced chlorine to the water, creating a safe, healthy, and beautiful pool to swim in.

Chemical Feeders

The idea of not having to add chlorine to the pool for a couple of weeks is very appealing to many people. Pool chlorinators or chemical feeders are fairly simple devices that hold larger amounts of chlorine or bromine and gradually release these chemicals into the pool. Swimming pool chemical feeders were invented so that pool owners would have a reliable, convenient method for administering the correct amount of chlorine to their pools with less effort. Pool chlorinators also ensure that your pool water is chemically balanced.

Floating pool chlorinators are among the most popular and affordable pool chemical feeders. You might have noticed these automatic pool chlorinators bobbing up and down in your friend's pool or hot tub. They are convenient and adaptable and floating pool chemical feeders can be used in any type of pool - in ground, aboveground, hot tub or hot tub. Floating pool chlorinators work by letting water flow across the chlorine tablets as it floats in the pool water. This provides a constant uninterrupted stream of chlorine in the pool as the tablets dissolve over time. Off-line pool chemical feeders can usually be used with either chlorine or bromine and work alongside your pool's pump and filtration system. These pool chemical feeders are easy to install and require little maintenance and are especially well suited for aboveground swimming pools. In-line pool chlorinators are pool sanitization systems that are installed in your pool’s plumbing system. This type of pool chlorinator system is more common in in-ground pools and is a bit more difficult to install. These pool chlorination systems have a feeder line that provides chlorine to the pool through a feeder line that reaches into the pool water. In-line pool chlorinators are designed based on the size of the pool and water capacity.

Cleaning & Maintenance

1) water balance

Below are a few of the reasons why having a balanced swimming pool is so important:

  • Safety :If you are using either a salt-based pool producing chlorine or a chlorine-based tablet pool, then your pH needs to be correct. If pool water is not balanced correctly then the chlorine sanitizer won't be working at full strength killing germs and bacteria.

  • Comfortable :- Your water balance needs to be correct or it will affect your skin and eyes. The pH should be neither too acidic nor basic in order to feel comfortable.

  • Corrosion :-  An imbalanced pool can be corrosive to the liner, ladders and hand rail and other equipment such as the pump.

  • Total Alkalinity:- Total alkalinity refers to how much alkaline is in the water. TA and pH go hand-in-hand. High alkaline water leads to high pH. Low alkaline water leads to low pH. That the average swimming pool should have an alkalinity reading of 100 ppm.

  • Stabilizer :- Stabilizer helps retain your chlorine longer just as insulation helps retain heat or air conditioning. Stabilizer can be added to some chlorine compounds to protect them from the breakdown effects of sunlight. When your stabilizer level is low, you'll use a lot more chlorine. When it's high, you may need to dilute your pool water to bring it back into the 40 to 100 ppm ideal range.

  • Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) :- All water contains dissolved minerals. As pool water evaporates, minerals remain behind and become concentrated. The more concentrated these minerals become, the harder it is for chemical additives to work and stains can form. If you have 3000 ppm or more of total dissolved solids or TDS, you may need to drain some water and add fresh water.

2) Tile Maintenance

Unbalanced pH levels can cause calcium carbonate to separate from the water and form white, gray or brown patches on your pool tiles.

3) Checking Equipment Pad

we can safeguard your swimming pool area with a regular inspection of the equipment pad. Several elements come together at your equipment including water, gas, electricity, and potentially hazardous chemicals.

4) Pool Water Level

The level at which the swimming pool skimmers operate best is between one third and one half the way up the opening of the pool skimmer.If the level is higher, the water moving into the skimmer is going so slow that debris may pass by the opening without being pulled in. If the pool water is so high that it covers the skimmer opening, floating debris can't get in.

5) Cleaning the Skimmer and Pump Basket

6) Cleaning the Deck

7) Replacing Pumps and Motors

8) Review Pressure Gauges

it’s the gadget that reads the amount of pressure building up inside the filter. we should get into the habit of checking your pressure gauge once a week. The typical swimming pool gauge is located on the top of the filter. It's a round device with numbers ranging from 0-60 divided into 10's or 5's by tick marks. The numbers represent the force of water flowing through your system in pounds per square inch or psi for short.  filter needs cleaning if the pressure rises more than 10 psi over the original marking.

9) Replacing Cracked Skimmer Lids/Cover

pool skimmer cover is used as a safety and maintenance feature. It is meant to prevent debris, other items, pets and people from falling into the skimmer well. It also provides a point of access to the skimmer for your swimming pool. Sometimes your skimmer lid will get cracked or broken over time and will require replacement.

10)   Filter Maintenance

Proper pool maintenance is a must to keep your pool water sparkling and clean.  There are three basic types of filtration systems - Sand, Cartridge and Diatomaceous Earth filter.

Whichever system you have, you will need to be sure to clean and care for your filter.

11)   testing the balance of water

  • Test total alkalinity level to make sure it falls between 80 and 120 ppm. Adjust this level before adjusting your pH.

  • Test pool water to make sure your pH levels remain between 7.2 and 7.6. Adjust by adding a pH balancer to the water.

  • Keep calcium hardness level between 200 and 235 ppm; high levels increase the risk for scale. Bring it down by adding soft water or use a scale inhibitor.

  • Prevent scale buildup by following a maintenance schedule for cleaning and testing the balance of water. Daily testing will ensure levels remain manageable.

  • Remove light areas of waterline scale buildup

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