The four important requirements of pool care described here will give you a basic understanding of how your pool functions. For a carefree swimming season, learn about these requirements and visit your BioGuard Pool & Spa Stockist any time you need assistance or expert advice. Pool care can be simple when you have a plan for routine maintenance and use the right products.
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Each requirement is very important. Consider each requirement as a simple, preventative maintenance step.
The circulation system has a dramatic affect on the sanitation of a pool and water quality. When water is in motion, it’s harder for bacteria and algae to find a surface on which to grow and the chemicals are more thoroughly distributed. In addition, as the water passes through the filter, debris is captured for easy removal, reducing cloudy water.
The filter is the first piece of equipment to receive the water from the pump. The filter strains the water and captures both large and small particles. A properly sized and operating filter is critical to keep water clean. As the filterable debris is collected on the surface of the filter media, routine physical cleaning is required. Some of this debris is capable of being washed off, but a lot of debris can only be removed by chemically cleaning the filter media.
Cleaning the pool surface and equipment is essential to avoid algae and bacterial growth. At least once a week, the walls and floor of the pool should be brushed and vacuumed, this eliminates dead spots, baskets should be cleaned and the filter media rinsed. Periodically, chemically treat the filter media and water line (mosaics) to rid them of oils, greases, calcium build up and bacteria growth.
Swimming pool environments are dynamic systems where conditions constantly change. The application of chemicals, water replacement due to evaporation and splash out, swimmer waste, environmental debris and rainfall all affects the waters chemistry.
Many people think that if pool water looks blue it is protected from bacteria, swimmer waste and algae, but to fully ensure that the pool water is protected from bacteria and other contaminants it needs to be tested regularly.
Sanitization/disinfection can be defined as the destruction of harmful bacteria to a level where they no longer pose a threat to human life. The principle objective of applying any type of sanitizer is to control the growth of bacteria, instantly as it is introduced into the pool water. To do this, a 1-3 ppm free available chlorine level must be present in the water, 24 hours a day. Stabilizer is used to help achieve this.
Use oxidizers to shock the water and chemically destroy the bacteria introduced by bathers and the environment. Oxidation restores water clarity and eliminates the main cause of eye, skin and nose irritation.
Routine oxidation can often be overlooked as a part of pool maintenance. Many times, pool owners begin oxidation after the problem exists. However, a much better practice is to look at oxidation as a preventative rather than a cure. This will not only save time and money, but will prevent problems before they occur, thereby minimising pool owner frustration.