Maintaining your swimming pool in spick and span condition is not an easy task. We all like to see our pools with clear, clean and healthy water whenever we decide to dive or step into it. Achieving that task could drain you out because it calls for meticulous attention to every detail which needs to be prudently addressed. It is not only keeping the swimming pool devoid of fallen leaves, dead bugs and other debris that matters it would also draw our attention to the various chemicals that need to be added to keep the swimming pool safe for all its users.
A few readings would need to be taken regularly to ensure all is well with the water in your swimming pool which is the main ingredient that draws us into it. A swimming pool without water would not be a swimming pool at all but just an empty tank embedded in the ground. It is also prudent to realize that we cannot be emptying our swimming pool as and when we would want to. It would cost a lot to do so as the supply of water is dear today and once you have filled up your swimming pool the water in it has to be kept clean by clearing the debris and monitoring the chemicals mixed up in it.
Emptying the water would also create additional issues because the loss in weight of the water could have an adverse bearing on the pool itself and lift it up from its foundations which could cause constructional flaws. Hence it should be done so only if you are planning any re-construction and not otherwise.
Monitoring the chemicals
Monitoring the chlorine content, alkalinity, PH values and the calcium hardness are what any pool owner would need to do on a regular basis. Keeping the chemical levels under control would ensure that you control most of the other auxiliary issues. To do so it is getting yourself a pool testing kit and following the instructions laid down in it and once you have done it a few times it would be easier for you do it whenever you would want to test the water in your pool.
The chlorine level should be between 1 to 3 parts per million or ppm and this is easily shown on the chart when you test a sample of the water from the swimming pool and match it with the given color coding. Likewise the calcium hardness should be between 250 and 350 parts per million or ppm. If the reading shows anything higher you would need to lower it and if the reading shows it is lower you would need to increase it. Adding a few cups of muriatic acid would lower the calcium hardness and adding a few cups of sodium bicarbonate would increase the calcium hardness.
Whichever you would do it would be necessary to run the filtration system for at least 12 hours before you would take the next reading to see what the result of your actions are. It would also be necessary to ensure the PH level remains between 7.2 and 7.4 to ensure your control of the calcium hardness to be a success. Likewise it would be prudent to ensure the Total Alkalinity also stays between 80 and 120 parts per million or ppm.
Each of the readings should be monitored if you are to get your swimming pool in the safe and comfortable zone. It may look arduous at first but once you have done it a few times the chore would become easier and taking the readings and doing what is needed would be just a reflex action.