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Clean Pool Water: The Difference Between A Refreshing Swim And A Dunking In A Swamp!

Aug 17, 2007
Whether you live in a tropical climate and enjoy your pool year round, or if you regularly winterize your pool after enjoying it throughout the summer months, one thing is certain: pools must be kept clean.

It doesn't take long for new pool owners to realize that their cool and refreshing oasis can instantly become a swamp that houses your sixth grader's next science experiment if not properly maintained. Algae, bacteria, and an overgrowth of germs can make even the nicest pools a hotbed for sickness and disease. Knowing how to effectively clean pool water is key to enjoying your swimming pool.

First, many people decide that the best option is to hire a professional pool cleaner. It may seem simple at first, but maintaining clean pool water on a regular basis takes a commitment to regularly perform cleaning tasks, as well as an understanding of the various chemicals involved. If for instance, your pool developed algae, you would need to understand the right chemicals to add to restore the balance and proper PH level of your pool. However, if you can't afford to hire a professional, you can properly maintain clean pool water, you just need to understand the various chemicals and their use.

To begin with, you will need Chlorine, Shock treatment, PH, Bromine Tablets, Cyanuric Acid, Bicarbonate, Screener, and a Pool Vacuum, and a pool scrubbing brush for keeping tiles clean from grime, oil, and debris. You will also need to purchase a pool testing kit to make sure that the PH levels and other important readings are in the proper range. Make sure that you understand how to use each chemical according to the manufacturer's instructions.

The simplest method of cleaning the pool is to use a skimmer and to remove all leafs or floating debris. This must be done regularly. In addition, it is imperative that you keep your pool's filter system well maintained. Failure to regularly clean the filter can cause the pool's pump to break. It is very important to regularly brush the sides of the pool as well. Vacuuming, brushing, and checking the pool's strainer baskets are all tasks that should be completed every week.

If you find that wind is causing a lot of debris to build up in your pool, the best treatment is to vacuum more often. Larger leaves and debris at the bottom of the pool should be removed before they enter the filtration system. You can easily remove these by using a leaf bagger. Finally, be sure to store all pool chemicals safely out of the reach of children, and pool equipment out of direct sunlight.
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