Pool water 101
After your pool is built, every pool owner must get to know and understand the basic chemicals and procedures for maintaining a good, healthy balance in the water. This post covers 3 terms you need to understand and offers some tips for pool water maintenance.
pH – The pH level of your water indicates just how acidic or how alkaline your water is. Maintaining proper pH levels helps your chlorine remain effective in killing germs and eliminating algae. Read more about our guide to pH is a previous blog post.
Calcium – Too much calcium in your water can cause deposits while too little can cause your plaster to weaken. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on this in order to avoid problems.
Alkalinity – It is important to have your Alkalinity tested on a regular basis by a pool chemical store. Keeping the proper alkalinity will help to maintain the pH level and promote good water quality.
Tips for maintaining great water in your pool:
Test water regularly – Always test your water on a weekly basis as well as once a month by your pool chemical store. It is impossible to determine the condition of your pool water just by looking at it. Regular testing is needed in order to accurately maintain good water quality.
Maintain proper water levels –Too little water (near the bottom of your tile line) may cause the pump to draw air and lose its prime. Failure to maintain the proper water level can cause all sorts of damage to your pool and appliances adding unneeded and unwanted costs.
Regularly clean your pump strainer basket – Always keep the strainer basket clean. Debris can clog the impeller and the pump will not perform properly. This is the easiest way to ensure that your pump can effectively refresh your water supply and keep it clean.
Clean your chlorinator cell – The chlorinator will not work if the cell becomes encrusted with calcium and other minerals dissolved in your water.
Clean your filter elements – Another easy solution to clean water is to always clean your filter elements. If left alone, dirty or clogged filter elements can shut your whole system down.