Pool Maintenance Safety Tips
Owning a pool can be a lot of fun, but it can also mean a lot of responsibility. There is a lot of care and maintenance that goes into having a pool, and for new pool owners, this can be quite a shock (no pun intended!)
How do you know when something is wrong with your water, and what should you be on the lookout for? Listed below are some common concerns that you should be aware of when trying to keep your pool maintained.
Algae is a fungus that can form in pool water. This typically happens when your water is off-balance. In other words, this is a sign that your chemical treatments aren’t where they should be.
It can take a shockingly small change in the content of chemicals in your pool to cause algae to form, and there are different types, depending on where you are in your treatments. Red, yellow, and black algae can all form under different conditions, and if left unchecked, they can cause some big problems for your pool.
Not only can they mess up your filters, but they can affect the condition of your pool liner and walls, and can even pose a health concern for your swimmers. If you have algae, make sure to reference your pool guide on what types of chemicals you will need to add to remove it. Just keep in mind that some algae, once it has formed, will need to be scrubbed to remove it permanently.
This is a common problem for pool owners. When your Ph levels are off, your water may reflect this by becoming murky. Typically this is a sign that your chlorine levels are down.
If you are swimming in a non-chlorinated pool, this can be a sign of several issues. While slightly murky water won’t really harm you, it isn’t considered a safe place to swim and certainly won’t impress your guests. Typically, if you cannot see the bottom of the pool, you should not go in.
Problems On The Surface
Pink slime and algae can easily form on the surface of your pool. If your chemicals are off, this can help accelerate things, but many times, this can also be the result of a filtration system not working properly.
If your water stops moving, your pool will quickly become stagnant. You need your water to be continuously moving, otherwise you risk a host of different infectious diseases and disgusting growths in your pool.
Most pool problems come from chemical treatments being skipped or done improperly. All pool kits come with a guide, and water quality needs to be checked on a regular basis. If you’re not checking your water on a daily schedule, you may be risking some serious clean-up or even possibly damage to your pool.
Other factors that can cause issues are dirt and buildup, clogged filters, and poor quality pool covers. Remember, it’s not always a matter of chemicals. Sometimes, you just have dirt and grime in your pool. Clean your pools surface with a skimmer, and consider investing in a vacuum for the bottom (and remind your children to rinse off before they jump in!)
Unsurprisingly, no one likes to swim in a dirty pool. Owning a pool can be a wonderful experience. However, this experience is a massive undertaking, and it needs to be done with the right attitude.
If you’re going to commit to something as time-consuming and as involved as a pool, you need to make the effort. Pleasure Pools works hard to create the pool of your dreams, but in the end this is your pool, your investment, and your property. Give it the time and attention it deserves, and in turn, you will get a lifetime of enjoyment out of it.