If you own a swimming pool there are numerous benefits that can be enjoyed. Simply put, whether you are exercising or lounging in the pool, having one is a luxury but it is only a luxury if you know how to keep it clean. Typically, most people think brushing the interior finish, skimming all the debris out, vacuuming from time to time and balancing water chemistry is enough but it goes far beyond that. Swimming pools should be maintained at least once a week (if not more during summer and after storms) to keep them clean and ready to swim in. On a weekly basis, the water tile line and interior finish of the swimming pool should be brushed to prevent calcium buildup and dirt which can cause staining. Debris should also be skimmed out of the swimming pool as soon as possible as it can change the water chemistry and could cause excess use of chlorine or an increase in phosphate levels.
Maintaining Proper Chemistry
Maintaining proper chemistry levels in your swimming pool is vital to prevent algae from growing. During the summer time in Arizona, algae will develop rapidly in your pool if your chlorine levels are too low. That’s why checking water chemistry once a week is vital. The following is a breakdown of appropriate water chemistry:
Chlorine: 1-3ppm (winter) and 3-5ppm (summer)
pH: 7.4 – 7.8
Total Alkalinity: 80 – 120ppm
Cyanuric Acid: 30 -50ppm (might need to be higher for salt pools)
Calcium Hardness: 200 – 400ppm
Balancing your water isn’t complicated. Your water is constantly changing, year round. Everything from weather to body oils, to suntan oils, to dirt and cosmetics, to urine affect your water balance. Continuous filtration and disinfecting remove contaminants which keep the water enjoyable, but please note, it does not balance your water chemistry. A pool is considered balanced when it has proper levels of chlorine, pH, Total Alkalinity, and Calcium Hardness. That is why monitoring the swimming pool regularly is extremely important.
If you live in an environment with heavy vegetation in the backyard or during times of storms, you will need to monitor your pool more. Skimming out debris and removing all adherents in the skimmer will allow for proper filtration and prevent major changes in water chemistry. Keep in mind, Calcium Hardness is important to refer to because our water is extremely hard. When calcium levels rise it will scale the water tile line, interior finish, filtration equipment, spillways and decorative water features. Lowering calcium levels, when they rise above 600ppm, will prolong the lifespan of your investment and help you maintain proper chemistry in your pool.
When the water reaches 600ppm Calcium Hardness we strongly recommend changing out the water using our Reverse Osmosis (RO) mobile filtration trailer. Your end product will be drinking quality water and give you the best water for you and your family to swim in. Owning a swimming pool can be challenging especially when the water warms up and the number of bathers increases. Hiring a professional can make your job a lot easier so all you have to do is swim!
If you should have any questions about water chemistry, how to keep a pool clean or our mobile filtration trailer service, contact us today!