Two fundamental components make up the contents of your swimming pool: water and chemicals. For your pool to continue to be a healthy environment, those two things must be in the right proportion. You should test the chemicals in your pool every week, but you may also need to occasionally shock it, adjust the water level, or remove surface oil.
Shock Your Pool
What is that slimy substance that frequently accumulates following a pool party? You don’t need to hire a university science lab to run full diagnostics for you. But since you ought to know, we’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s bacteria. Nasty! And you should try to eliminate it as quickly as possible. Therefore, the best option available is to shock your pool, which means you need to temporarily increase the chlorine level in the water in order to eliminate any bacteria present.
Pour very gently into your pool’s return line up to five times the usual level of chlorine (follow the package’s instructions for shocking the water as manufacturer’s guidelines may vary). As the water then flows through your filter, the higher level of chlorine will gradually dissipate throughout the entire pool. You don’t need to shock your water weekly; however, you should aim to shock your pool at least twice during each swimming season. Note that if you shock your pool too frequently, you run the danger of harming the liner or pool siding due to the excess chemicals in the water.
Monitor Water Levels
The quantity of water in your swimming pool is another issue connected to its chemical makeup. You should take action after youngsters have been cannonballing into the pool or excessively splashing water out of the pool or even after a strong rain downpour, because the chemical composition will change depending on how much water is in your pool.
The water level should be kept at a level that meets your skimmer’s opening halfway. Simply add more water using your garden hose to raise a low water level. You might need to hire a submersible pump to drain any excess water in order to lower the water level. If your pool liner is made of fiberglass or vinyl, the weight of the submersible pump could damage it; if that situation is true, then we advise engaging a specialist to help you complete the task. Carefully check your pool’s chemical levels again after restoring an appropriate water level.
Remove Surface Oils
All different sorts of oils may be left behind when swimmers leave your pool. Natural skin oils, hair products, and sunblock are just a few examples of the oils that can create an annoying sheen on the water of your pool. Unfortunately, the chemicals in your pool won’t always be able to remove these accidental additives. The good news is that there is an easy fix for this issue. Toss in a regular, fluffy-new tennis ball and let it take care of the work for you! The fibers of the tennis ball assist in absorbing the oil, restoring the pristine clarity of your pool’s surface.
We know completely. These pool upkeep suggestions seem like a lot to keep in mind. They aren’t all that horrible, though. Keep in mind that your pool shouldn’t need to be shocked more than twice a year, and water level difficulties only occasionally occur (unless you have extremely hyperactive kids obsessed with splashing – or if you live in an area with violently hard rain downpours). And what about the tennis ball trick? It actually requires just a few seconds. You can do this!
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