As a swimming pool proprietor if you want a pool that sparkles like a diamond basking in the desert sun, there’s three things you must think about appropriate swimming pool maintenance.
In this article I’m going to break down each of these essential points and explain why they’re so important.
Swimming Pool Maintenance Success Tip #1: Water Circulation. Think of your pool as a major bucket of water. Without adequate circulation and water development it quickly becomes a safe haven for bacteria and algae.
Without appropriate circulation any chemicals added to the water essentially because meaningless. Anything you add to the water isn’t circulated, which in turn, causes your free chlorine levels to quickly become exhausted, your pH levels get elevated as well as your Total Alkalinity levels. These are the 3 most important items to manage and if they escape whack, that causes a spiral reaction and it’s rarely beautiful.
If you don’t winterize your pool, run your equipment for 6 hours during the off season (when it’s too cold to swim) and 8-10 hours during the summer months. As a general rule of thumb, you want your pool to cycle all of the water at least one time during the swimming season. Anything less than that can lead to less than adequate water circulation and create chemistry issues.
Swimming Pool Maintenance Success Tip #2: Filtration. Filtering your swimming pool water is essential to battle pathogens and expel foreign particles from your water and keep your pool sparkly clean.
There are 3 main types of filtration systems. Sand filters, DE filters and cartridge filters. Each of them have their own maintenance needs, but don’t worry - the process is really simple and straight forward. For sand filters it’s as simple as backwashing the channel. Adjust your backwash valve to the backwashing position or adjust your multi-port valve appropriately and let the water run for 90 seconds or until the water coming out of the backwash is clean and clear. Backwash your channel anytime the pressure exceeds 5 PSI greater than normal operating pressure. You can also backwash your channel on a week after week basis, regardless of the channel pressure reading. You cannot over-backwash your channel.
For DE filters, the process is slightly more tedious. Inside your channel arch, you have channel grids. These should be expelled and hosed down with a high pressure water hose. If you have a pressure washer you can also use a decent degreasing agent and blend it in with the water. Use a gentle solution like 4 parts water to one part cleaner. I’m generally not a fan of getting a DE channel cleaning product from the larger pool supply retailers as the pricing is astronomical and you likely have something that will work just fine under your kitchen sink at the present time. You can also use a mellow muriatic acid blend (3 parts water to 1 part muriatic acid) as well as your dishwashing cleanser (just be sure to thoroughly rinse the grids to ensure there’s no cleanser residue when you’ve finished the activity).
Finally, you have cartridge filters. For legitimate Aufstellpool swimming pool maintenance if you have this kind of channel, the process is similar to cleaning a DE channel.
Expel the cartridge(s) from the canister and thoroughly hose it down. If you have a high pressure water hose, you can also use a mellow muriatic acid blend or standard dishwashing cleanser. Heavily spray the cartridge until it’s visibly clean and reassemble the channel unit. With a DE channel or cartridge make sure there’s no leaks at the o-ring when you turn on the equipment. Always make it a practice of running the equipment for 3-5 minutes after reassembling it to ensure there are no leaks - mainly focus on the focal point of the channel vault where the o-ring resides.
Compelling Swimming Pool Maintenance Success Tip #3: Water Chemistry. Balancing your chemistry levels is an essential variable when it comes to appropriately maintaining your swimming pool. When any part of your water chemistry is off, it can cause a chain reaction just causing the situation to deteriorate (and require more effort and money spent to rectify the issue).
The 3 main areas of water chemistry to focus on are; your free chlorine levels, Total Alkalinity and pH. Your free chlorine levels should be 1-3ppm during the summer months and on the lower end of that range during the winter months. Your Total Alkalinity should be in the range of 110 to 130 ppm.
Your TA essentially acts as a buffer for the pH to forestall wild and extraordinary swings in the amount or strength of hydrogen in your swimming pool water. Your pH level should be between 7.4-7.8. Any higher or lower than that can lead to the water irritating your skin, calcium buildup in your piping as well as along the water line and can prematurely corrode your swimming pool equipment. It can lead to damaged o-rings and if you have a heater, it can cause internal damage to that as well.
Test and take corrective action on your water chemistry on a week after week basis for appropriate swimming pool maintenance. Follow these 3 essential steps for sparkling swimming pool water that will have your friends, family and neighbors rendered speechless when they see your stunningly beautiful oasis!