Beginners Guide to Pool Maintenance

Once you install a pool on your property, it’s important you keep it well-maintained to ensure you can swim comfortably all year long. We’ve put together this helpful guide to ensure you have all the information you need to know to keep your pool looking pristine.

 

How can I maintain my water balance?

It’s crucial your pool water is balanced to stay clean and clear. This means keeping the pH of your pool water between 7.4 and 7.6, or just above neutral, and monitoring the levels of alkalinity and calcium hardness.

You can keep an eye on your pH and alkalinity levels by using weekly home test kits or water testing strips.

The pH of your pool water can be affected by rain, activity and debris. It’s important you have a supply of pH Increaser to be able to cope with the frequently-changing pH of pool water.

Adding an alkalinity increaser to your water can also help to improve the pH. Alkalinity works as a buffer, preventing the pH from changing rapidly. You should maintain a level of 100 to 150 ppm, and as alkalinity levels can also fluctuate a supply of alkalinity increaser can help.

Pool water thrives on calcium, and without the right levels you will begin to notice calcification on your pool surfaces. Adding calcium hardness to your pool water will ensure the ultimate protection for your pool walls, floor and equipment. You should strive to maintain a calcium hardness level of 175 pmm to 300 ppm.

 

How do I sanitise my pool?

Chlorine is the most effective pool sanitiser, but salt, stabilised chlorine and minerals can also prove effective.

Ensure you maintain water chlorine levels of 1 ppm to 3 ppm. Chlorine is a cost-effective solution that works to kill bacteria and algae. You can easily add chlorine to your water through tablets, granular or powdered chlorine, or salt chlorine generator.

Stabilised chlorine also works as an effective sanitising tool, and can improve the feel of your water. While it might be more expensive, it’s easy to apply to your water.

Minerals help to sanitise your water, but they don’t work as effectively as chlorine. Silver and copper can be added to your water by a system similar to a chlorinator. If you use minerals, you’ll still need to ensure your chlorine level sits around 0.5 ppm.

 

What other chemicals should I use?

Using only the above treatments, you will be able to keep your pool clean and clear throughout the year. There are, however, other products you might like to use down the line.

Cyanuric acid or water stabiliser can help protect your chlorine from the powerful UV rays of the sun. If you detect your cyanuric acid levels are higher than they need to be, you should use a cyanuric acid reducer – as the levels won’t drop on their own.

While chlorine is the best defence against algae, algaecide can help prevent algae build-up in your pool. If your chlorine levels reduce and your need a quick fix, algaecide will protect your pool until you can raise the chlorine of the water.

If you notice cloudy pool water, a water clarifier will combine small particles into larger collections that your filter will be able to draw out of the water. Flocculant or floc then works to draw these particles together and bring them to the bottom. If you use flocculant, you’ll need to use a pool vacuum to remove the particles from your water.

 

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If you’re looking for a quality pool installation on your Gold Coast property, get in touch with Ideal Pools today. We’re a licensed, experienced team committed to outstanding work, each and every time. Call us today on 1300 792 369.

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