If you own a swimming pool, then you must know that the water needs to be extremely clean and safe at all times, so that anyone can confidently use it. This is something that needs to be seriously taken into consideration, in order to actually protect your health. There are some important steps that must be followed in order to obtain the best results. Find how to keep your pool water balanced by reading the following information.
Cyanuric acid is found in dichloro/trichlor tablets. Before you actually use the cyanuric acid, you need to make sure you test the levels. If the levels are too high, then the chlorine will completely lose its sanitizing ability. There are some studies that are showing that CYA really needs to be maintained at a level no higher than 40 ppm. This will allow it to perform optimally. You also need to test your pH. These 2 chemicals contain strong bases and they will actually raise the pH if used in the needed quantity. You can also use liquid chlorine that will also help you sanitize your swimming pool without adding to your Cyanuric Acid levels.
Chlorine plays a very important role when it comes to the water from the swimming pools. It actually kills bacteria, microorganism, and algae as well. It is available on the market today, in 3-inch tablets, 1-inch tablets, sticks, and a granular form as well. The active ingredient is the same in all these types. The only difference is the concentration of the active ingredients.
- Chlorine Sticks – The 3-inch tablets require less maintenance and are slow-dissolving. Chlorine stick dissolves even slower and they are larger as well, whereas 1-inch tablets dissolve quicker, and are better suited to above-ground swimming pools, spas, and small in-ground swimming pools as well
- 90% Trichloro-S-Triazinetrione – It is highly recommended to look for a concentration of 90% Trichloro-S-Triazinetrione in chlorine tablets or sticks. Granular chlorine works exactly the same as the tablets and sticks mentioned earlier. However, you also have another option, such as inorganic chlorine that needs to be pre-dissolved in a bucket of water before you actually add it to a swimming pool. Furthermore, you also need to add it to the water, nearly every day
- Sodium Dichloro and Lithium Hypochlorite – The most used type of organic chlorine are the Sodium Dichloro, and the most used type of inorganic chlorine is the Lithium Hypochlorite. These tablets do not need pre-dissolving. They actually allow a very precise control over the chlorine level, but they require daily testing and addition as well, of the chemical. It is recommended to go for a concentration of 56% to 62% Sodium Dichloro-S-Triazinetrione in granular chlorine
Add the necessary amount of chlorine to your swimming pool
Go for floating chlorine feeders and automatic chemical feeders. You must slowly dissolve 1- and 3-inch chlorine tablets or sticks into the water. Automatic feeders are without a doubt a great help to properly maintain your swimming pool. If a feeder has been adjusted properly, you will not need to worry about your chlorine level for a week, or even more. If a chlorine tablet is dissolving in your skimmer basket, then all of the water that actually passes through your swimming pool plumbing and circulation system will carry a very high level of chlorine, which will give the water a very low pH. Furthermore, it will also cause premature failure of your pool pump and filter components. In order to eliminate it, the best thing you can do is to apply an occasional dose of shock treatment.
Don’t omit to maintain a proper pH level
This is definitely as important as having chlorine in the swimming pool. The right pH level in a swimming pool is 7.2, though in the range of 7.2 – 7.6 is optimal. Therefore, you need to make sure you don;t forget to check this detail, regularly. In case the pH is higher than normal, then you need to add a small amount of muriatic acid, and then retest the water after about 6 hours of continuous filtration, and readjust the pH if needed. All in all, it is essential to find how to keep your pool water balanced, in order to protect your health and enjoy to the fullest the time spent in the water.
There are numerous filters that you can use in your swimming pool in order to remove debris and dirt from your swimming pool. Some of these are:
- Sand Filters – This filter works by backwashing or sometimes called ‘reversing’ the water flow. You should clean the filter when the pressure gauge reads 10 lbs. increase over normal operating pressure. Don’t worry, you don’t have to clean this filter often because they work best when they’re slightly dirty due to the fact that it can capture the dirt particles better
- Cartridge Filters – This is a convenient choice because the cartridges are easy to clean. When the pressure gauge reads 10 lbs over normal operating pressure, all that you will need to do is to remove it from the filter and hose any dirt or debris. We then recommend that you soak it for up to 12 hours. This will ensure that you remove any oils and grease
- Diatomaceous Earth Filters (DE) – DE filters work similarly to sand filters. The only difference is that when the filter has been backwashed, you need to add a new DE in order to coat the grits. You can easily do this by pouring it through the skimmer. We recommend that you do it every season using a filter cleaner. Every year you should dissemble it and check for any damages
As mentioned, chemical levels are very important in order to keep your pool water balanced. Without the right balance, you simply cannot enjoy the pool as it can be harmful for your health. In addition to this, you may even damage the pool. Check the levels for:
- Calcium Hardness – Low levels of calcium hardness levels will shorten the life of vinyl liners and plaster finish. As well as, too much calcium hardness will deposit on the pool surface and equipment. Therefore, it has the capacity to damage expensive equipment. The proper level for concrete levels are 200 – 250 parts per million. Vinyl pools require 175 – 225 ppm
- Total Alkalinity – You should test the pool water weekly and a total of 120 – 150 ppm should be maintained. A low level of alkalinity will result in a bounce of pH levels and the potential of staining to the point of no return. A high level of alkalinity will cause cloudy pools along with scaling
- Metals – There shouldn’t be any metals in the pool. Metal will cause staining and the water will turn a strange color. Some metals that you will find are copper, iron, and manganese. In order to remove it, you have to test what metals are in your pool and remove them immediately