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Pool Care

PH Chart

The ideal range is pinkish-orange – 7.4 – 7.6.
Yellow “means pH is low,  pinkish-purple means it’s high.
Either could mean trouble.
Ideal Water Balance Ranges,
Fibreglass pools: pH 7.4 – 7.6
Total Alkalinity: 125 – 150 ppm
Calcium Hardness: 175 – 225 ppm
Total Dissolved Solids Under: 2500 ppm
Iron: 0 Copper: 0

PH Chart

It may surprise you, but the water you drink may not be fit for your pool. Tap water can have high or low pH and mineral levels that can harm your pool. Improper levels of pH and minerals can prevent pool treatments from doing their job, not to mention damaging your pool and its equipment with stains, scale and corrosion. pH, Total Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness, iron, copper and Total Dissolved Solids make up overall water balance. Maintaining the ideal ranges of these parameters will maximize swimmer comfort, chemical effectiveness and protect the surface and equipment of your pool. So even if you fill your pool from the tap, it will need to be chemically balanced. It’s a good idea to have your water balanced at the beginning of the pool season, or when it is initially filled. Then have it checked once a month during the summer.

The most important pool test is pH. A low pH indicates too much acidity. This causes chlorine to be used up quickly and leads to corrosion of equipment and damaged pool surfaces. High pH slows sanitiser effetiveness, causes cloudy water and scale formation on equipment and surfaces.

Regular Pool Care Programme

Your swimming pool represents a substantial investment. Even the most simple pool is a complex union of equipment that circulates, filters, sanitizes and, in many cases, heats, cascades or sprays the pool’s water. A certain amount of maintenance is necessary to keep these systems running smoothly. It’s easy to keep your pool in top operating condition and the water looking sparkling clear and inviting. Most common pool pool care problems can be avoided if you follow these five easy keys to pool care.

Key #1: Circulation
To ensure maximum effectiveness of the sanitizer throughout the entire pool, the water must be circulated. The more (or longer) your pool’s water is in motion, the harder it is for bacteria and algae to take hold and grow. Another advantage is the more water that is passed through the filter, the more debris is captured. The best time to circulate the water in your pool is during the day, for 10 hours or more.

Key #2: Filtration
The filter is one of the most important pieces of equipment of your pool’s system. Its function is to physically remove both visible debris and most microscopic matter. A filter usually should be backwashed, which is the removal of material trapped on or in the filter media, at least once a week for 5 minutes and rinse for 1 minute, or when the pressure guage indicates that the pressure is too high. Because backwashing does not remove oils and deeply imbedded debris, every filter needs to be chemically cleaned twice a year. Your Pool & Spa Care Centre can help you set up a filter maintenance program.

Key #3: Cleaning
The walls and floor of your pool needs to be brushed regularly. All swimming pools have certain areas that have little or no circulation. This is where algae and bacteria can begin to grow. At least once a week, the walls and floors should be brushed and vacuumed to remove debris that the filter misses. Some pool owners use an automatic pool cleaner or retain a weekly service – but brushing is a must!

Key #4: Testing
Every pool has certain chemical characteristics which must be regularly measured. The two most important are the pH and the level of active sanitizer. By testing these two factors at regular intervals, you’ll be able to understand how bather load, weather and product application affect the water. Test your pool’s water about once a week. Plan to bring a sample of pool water to your Pool & Spa Care Centre every 4 to 6 weeks for a more comprehensive analysis. This will ensure that proper water balance is maintained and greatly reduce the potential risk for problems.

Key #5: Proper Water Maintenance
The final step in a total pool maintenance programme is the proper application of product to your pool water in a timely manner.  Your three objectives are:
1. Provide a sanitary swimming environment.
2. Chemically balance the water to protect the equipment and the pool. Unbalanced pool water can permanently damage both.
3. Provide clear, sparkling water free of algae growth for all bathers.”

A Final Word…
Each key is equally important. By neglecting one key, problems will almost surely develop. Consider each key as a preventative maintenance step – relatively inexpensive and simple to accomplish. If you keep up your maintenance, you can avoid costly repairs, aggravation NB- Do not heat your pool to over 30 degrees Celsius.