It is nice to take a dip in the pool in the summer. It can be both fun and refreshing, but a pool that is not well maintained can also be dangerous for your health. You are at risk of eye infection, stomach flu from E.coli and fungus infection just to name a few. Your summer can be ruined by contracting any of these diseases.
So how can you make sure that your pool is safe enough to swim in? Keeping a it well maintained can be a tasking job, but it is necessary if you would like to enjoy the water and stay safe at the same time.
Here are a few things you will need to maintain a safe pool for yourself and your family:
1. pH balanced
pH is the measure of alkalinity and acidity of water. Keeping your pool pH balanced is one of the most important things to keep the water safe for swimming. An ideal pH level is 7.2 and 7.6. If the water is too acidic, it will erode metal materials such as the pool ladder. It will also cause skin irritation. High acidity will also affect the effectiveness of chlorine (a chemical deep to keep the pool water clean).
2. Clean regularly
Regularly pick any dead leaves, bugs and anything floating around in your pool. Clean the floor and wall tiles to make sure there are no growing bacteria or fungus growing in the crevices. Make sure to use the right chemicals to do the cleaning. Do a thorough washdown after using chemicals to clean the pool to make sure that all chemicals are washed off. Chemical residue can irritate the skin if not washed properly.
3. Add algaecide
Algae can grow in your pool. It can be brought by rainwater or wind making it hard to avoid. That is why adding algaecide into is necessary. Algaecide prevents algae from growing and taking over your pool rendering it not suitable for swimming.
4. Install a pool filter
Pool filters such as Davey or Onga pool filters are recommended to filter out any debris, dirt and other things that do not belong in your pool. Do not forget to regularly clean the filter, called backwashing. Having a dirty filter will be counterproductive. Regularly cleaning the filters will keep them working properly. Always check the filters if they need any immediate cleaning up. If you notice the water starting to look cloudy, it is time to clean up the filters.
5. Free available chlorine
Free available chlorine kills bacteria, algae and most viruses. Shock treatment (an injection of high concentration chlorine) is needed when your pools’ free available chlorine is too low. Shock your pool regularly on a weekly basis. Make sure you regularly test the free available chlorine to make sure it is at a safe level.
Follow these 5 short reminders to keep your pool squeaky clean and safe for a good refreshing dip.