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Keeping your Pool Water Safe

We love our pools – especially during the hot summer months. What we tend to forget, however, is that pools are largely just a body of stagnant water. If not properly maintained, this water can play host to a range of bacteria and algae that can negatively impact the health of your family.

Maintaining the Water Quality

Keeping your pool sparkling and clear of bacteria can be a delicate balancing act – it’s tempting to think that throwing a couple of cups of chlorine in is all that your pool needs but this is simply not true.

Using too many chemicals makes your pool just as dangerous to use as using too few.

Checking your pool water on a regular basis, using a home testing kit and making sure that you use the best in pool cleaners is vital for creating a safe swimming environment.

Daily Checks

Check your pool every morning to look for obvious debris and remove it as quickly as possible. You also need to check the clarity of the water every day. Should the water be cloudy, you will need to test the pH level before anyone goes swimming.

Weekly Checks

At least once a week you should take the pool testing kit out and check the pH levels of the water. Bacteria and algae cannot survive in a suitably acidic environment so you need to ensure that the water is acidic enough to kill off bacteria but alkaline enough for those who want to swim.

 

Potential Causes of Contamination

1) Swimmers (Animal and human) – this is the primary way for bacteria to be introduced to the pool.

2) Dead wildlife – remove as quickly as possible.

3) Debris – leaves and dirt can blow in from the garden and contaminate the pool.

 

Pointers for Keeping the Water Clear

1) A good filtration system is vital – ensure that the filters are kept clear.

2) As mentioned above, the chemical balance must be properly maintained and pH must be kept at ideal levels. The ideal pH for a swimming pool is between 7 and 7.6. Levels of over 8 will result in discomfort for swimmers. pH levels need regular monitoring and can be affected by use of the pool and weather conditions.

3) Use of chlorine – chlorine is the best way to control bacterial growth in a fresh water pool.

4) The overall alkalinity of the pool must be regularly checked.

5) Calcium hardness – an indication of how much calcium is dissolved in the water. If not properly maintained, this can lead to pool surfaces deteriorating or scale forming on surfaces.

Overall, keeping your pool water clean and safe is a matter of consistency and vigilance. If you do not feel up to the task, it is a good idea to get a pool cleaning service in to assist you – pools can harbour dangerous bacteria so pool maintenance is vital for the health of swimmers.