Swimming is one of the most enjoyable activities that you can do during your leisure time. Most people do it for fun; others do it as an amateur, for sports, while few do it as a profession. Professional swimmers – who compete in sports, swimming instructors, not to mention the navy, do swimming as their profession.
Nevertheless, safe swimming is not done in wild waters like oceans, seas, lakes, dams, and rivers where the depth is unknown, because there could be obstacles that can hold, injure, and cause you to drown and die. Moreover, there are also dangerous aquatic animals that can devour you.
To prevent all those dangers, there are specific facilities that are used for this activity and they are purposely built for it. In fact, most high end hotels, residential premises, and learning institutions have swimming pools: which are symbols of their classy status.
The necessity of maintaining clean pool water
Both pool and wild waters in the natural sources have to be maintained to remain clean and healthy. That is why rivers flow while the other water sources have inlets and outlets. Furthermore, they have plants and other organisms that keep the water balanced, healthy, and clean.
However, since pools are artificially made, controlled, and maintained, they have to be absolutely free from dirt, plants, and other organisms. Moreover, the water has to be clean, and safe for swimmers. Without this, no one can accept to swim in a dirty and stinking pool because they can contract diseases and infections from it.
The basics of maintaining pool water
Maintaining pool water reverses the results of people who relieve themselves in the pool and other kinds of sanitary waste from the swimmers. It also corrects water chemistry and kills all organisms in the pool, including both flora and fauna microorganisms.
Moreover, other forms of contaminants like grass, leaves, sticks, papers, seeds, feathers and every other thing that is blown into the pool by wind are removed.
However, if there are sediment and sludge, you should empty all the water in the pool to enable you clean it entirely and then put in clean water. For instance, if there was flooding and silt was deposited into the pool, there is nothing else you can do apart from emptying all the water so that you can remove it.
When the tangible pollutants are removed from the water, you are now left with the chemical part that absolutely cleanses it for safe and healthy swimming.
Chemical treatment of pool water
After doing all the basics or physical part of cleaning and maintaining pool water, you are now left with the chemical water treatment. When you maintain the water’s chemical content in the right proportions, it not only saves you time but also money.
If you follow this procedure, you will be able to maintain the best above ground pool vacuum water, just like highly trained professionals. Consequently, you will save the amount of money that you could have paid them to do it for you. Chemical treatment is done by following these steps:
- Selecting Chlorine – One of the widely known chemicals that are used in treating both drinking and pool water is Chlorine. It is very effective in killing algae, microorganisms, and bacteria. It is made in diverse forms including granular, sticks, and 1 & 3 inch tablets, but their compositions are similar. However, their prices vary depending with the active ingredient’s concentration. The tablets have Trichlor active ingredient while the granular forms have Dichlor. These tablets are more commonly used because they are cheap and don’t need a lot of maintenance, together with the Chlorine sticks.In fact, they are best suited for the above ground swimming pools. Granular Chlorine is also suitable but the inorganic one requires pre-preparation by dissolving it in a bucket of water before adding it into the pool. Moreover, it is laborious because you must add it into the pool daily. However, organic forms of granular Chlorine do not require pre-preparation. Nevertheless, they also require daily addition but they control the Chlorine levels very well.
- Selecting Cyanuric acid – This is also found in form of Dichlor and Trichlor tablets. Particularly it is used as a stabilizing ingredient in Chlorine which gives it resistance against being destroyed by the sun. It reduces the oxidation reduction potential of Chlorine. However, if you use it in your pool, regular testing is recommended. In case you find the levels are too high, they disable Chlorine’s sanitizing ability. According to new studies, Cyanuric acid levels should be maintained at levels lower than 40 ppm – which enhances optimum Chlorine performance.As earlier said, high levels of this acid bring about TDS which destabilizes the effectiveness of Chlorine. Alternatively, you can replace it with solid Calcium Hypochlorite or liquid Sodium Hypochlorite. Testing the pH is recommended because these two have strong bases that increase the pH when used in the right proportions. This acid boosts Chlorine to make it strong and effective for long to continue sanitizing the water.
- Addition of Chlorine to your pool – this is done by using automatic chemical feeders and floating Chlorine feeders in your pool. They can be purchased from your local pool equipment and appliance distributor stores. Alternatively, you can purchase them online and they are shipped to you. These feeders dissolve 1 & 3 inch Chlorine tablets and sticks. Most preferably, automatic feeders are very reliable in maintaining pool water.On the other hand, chemical feeders drip in small amounts of Chlorine into the pool automatically. Therefore, the amount of Chlorine being added is well regulated
- Particularly if proper adjustment of the feeder is done, you will go for over a week without minding about it. If you use sticks in your pool, they are dissolved using a skimmer basket. However, some are dissolved by running water. Moreover, a weekly shocking of the pool is recommended because of the buildup of nitrogen and ammonia.
- pH maintenance – This a very important factor because when the pH is not balanced, swimmers start complaining about having burning eyes. You should try your best to maintain it at the same level like human tears. That means the pH value should range between 7.2-7.6. When it is at 7.2, it optimizes the effectiveness of Chlorine to about ten times more than when it is at 8.2.You use a drop type test kit which is more accurate than the test strip. If you test and find that the pH is high, you can lower it by pouring muriatic acid into the water. That is done on the deeper side of the pool with the pump on to circulate the water and mix it thoroughly. Alternatively, you can lower the pH using granular acid which is friendlier than the muriatic acid. The water should be tested twice a week to monitor the balance.
- A week long pool maintenance summary – Use a pool floating Chlorine feeder to put Chlorine tablets. After that, the testing strips will tell you what else is required. Add three pounds of shock at night weekly. You should test the pH level of the water and make sure it is maintained at 7.2. In the morning of the following day, add algaecide into the water. To ensure that a safe balance is maintained in the pool, you should test the water twice a week. Finally, wide up with adjusting alkalinity, followed by Chlorine and Bromine, and finalize with the pH.
In a nutshell, this is a well explained comprehensive pool maintenance procedure: to enhance your understanding. When you follow it, your pool will always be clean and safe for swimmers. Moreover, the procedure is backed up by a one on one demonstration that you will see in this video.