The five simple and basic steps to having a crystal blue swimming pool and spa and enjoying your backyard oasis each day.
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#1 CIRCULATION – Moving water creates a clean and enjoyable swimming experience. Why? Because you’ll get the most effective use of your sanitizer when you achieve circulation to every nook and cranny of your pool. The more movement your backyard oasis experiences, the harder it is for bacteria and algae to find a foothold, grow and set up housekeeping on the internal surfaces. The source of all circulation is the pool pump, which feeds the filtration system. As the swimming pool water passes into the filter system, cleaning begins, which is another beneficial byproduct of circulation. It’s BEST to schedule circulation during daylight hours. Aim to have pool circulation for approximately 8 hours per day.
#2 FILTRATION – The filter in the equipment system is the piece of apparatus which accounts for your backyard oasis sparkling and clear appearance, removing both visible and invisible debris from the system. As the pool pump circulates freely, the water flows through the filter. Once the pool pump basket captures the large debris (which should be cleaned on a regular basis), water rushes into the filter, which traps microscopic particles. Over time the filters ability to remove microscopic matter diminishes as the filter media essentially becomes full. At this point the filter must be disassembled and the media cleaned.
#3 CLEANING – Daily scrubbing of you’re the pool internal surface is not necessary but once a week brushing helps to free any debris that your filter or automatic cleaner might miss or leave behind. Brush steps, benches, walls and the floor. The physical movement on the surface eliminates lurking, unseen contaminants that increase the murky factor of your pool and spa.
#4 TESTING – Be proactive and you’ll avoid clarity problems. TEST YOUR pool water CHEMISTRY FREQUENTLY – At least 2 to 3 times per week. Testing frequently will save money and time, preventing problems and future headaches. When testing, examine pH and active sanitizer levels. By monitoring these two items at regular intervals, you’ll soon discover patterns in your system. Also, regular testing allows you to detect how having lots of swimmers (versus only two or three) affects your chemical readings. As you respond to test results by adding the appropriate chemical treatment product, you’ll learn how to gauge how each product affects the chemical balance.
#5 MAINTENANCE – Maintaining crystal blue and clear pool water and having an inviting environment isn’t magic. The secret hinges upon adding the right products at the right time in the right amounts. The keys to maintenance are Sanitation, Oxidation, Shock, Algae Prevention and Chemical Balance. When you master the basics, your investment rewards you with a sanitary environment, the cornerstone of a refreshing swimming and relaxing experience. Keeping the pool water chemistry balanced protects your equipment and the internal surface of your pool and spa; unbalanced chemistry can actually damage both items permanently.
Master these five steps and enjoy your swimming pool and spa each and every day! Ignore these simple key items and plan on sending more time maintaining than relaxing.
5 simple steps to crystal blue swimming pool and spa water.
Ron Burr is the owner of One Stop Pool Supplies and also a State of Florida licensed swimming pool contractor actively building swimming pools and spas in South Florida. Ron has been involved in the swimming pool industry for over 30 years. Visit our web site www.onestoppoolsupplies.com to learn more about all the items which have been mentioned to make your new or existing pool more exciting.
By: Ron Burr