Pool care is essential to a properly functional swimming facility.
However, it is also important to keep the running costs at minimum.
Thus, too much pool maintenance increases monthly costs.
Too little, will create expensive disasters in the future.
If you inherited a pool then you need to educate yourself on how to optimally keep it working. However, if you decided to build one then it is vital to understand pool care requirements for your choice.
Pool Installation versus Pool Care
Building a pool requires 2 considerations: the upfront costs and the maintenance.
Generally, more expensive pools (e.g.. inground pools) require a more expensive maintenance.
However, the price of the pool care is almost the same for all structural types. The difference is in whether you are using a fresh water or a salt water swimming pool.
Salt Water Pool Care
Salt water pools use chlorinators to convert salt into hypochlorous acid.
It is this acid which sanitises the water.
For salt water pools it is vital to keep a proper level of the salt.
Otherwise, pool chlorinators will not produce enough sanitiser to kill microorganisms.
Too much salt is also undesirable and costly. Therefore, you should purchase a salt water indicator to keep your pool at an optimal level.
You should always aim to add 2500-3000 parts of a salt per million to keep the ratio accurate.
Unfortunately, the process of chlorination is complex and other by-products can be generated. Thus, for a proper pool care you should also have a cheap pH meter. Your pH should be as close to 7 as possible. However, owing to sanitisers, the optimal reading should not deviate between 7.2-7.6.
Fresh Water Pool Care
The difference between the fresh water and the salt water is in administering sanitisers.
In the case of the salt water pools, the hypochlorous acid is produced from the salt.
In the case of the fresh water pools, the pool chemicals are added externally to produces the sanitising acid.
In both cases pH must be kept within 7.2-7.6.
Ideally, you need 10 parts of chlorine per million.
However, there is a lot of contaminates and by-products which can swing pH either way. Thus, every now and then you need to provide a pool shock. The pool shock restores pH and kills off bacteria and algae where ordinary chemicals fail with their duties.
Pool Care - The Pump and The Filter
The pump and the filter form a heart of the properly working swimming pool.
Without them, the pool cannot be clean, sanitised and even kept warm.
Therefore, it is important that during summer times the pool pump is running 8-10 hours a day.
This will keep the swimming pool at the optimal level.
Also, during the summer, algae and bacteria are at their peak. The long hours of pumping water will result in a dirty pool filter. Thus, you need to backwash your filter to get the dirt out of it. Clogged filters do not perform well and can cause damage to the pool pump.
Pool Care - Other Requirements
You may need to add algaecides to remove tough algae.
Also, the pool vacuuming needs to be performed regularly.
Scrubbing walls from unwanted deposits may require weekly commitment.
So, is the cleaning of the pool deck.
Always remember that it is not a good idea to drain swimming pool unless it is absolutely necessary. For all of the tasks mentioned in this article, the water does not need to be removed. Regular drainage will increase the running costs and may even damage the pool liner.