Pool maintenance is a CHORE! The good news is that Waters Choice Pure Enzymes for Pools will significantly reduce the amount of chemicals used in your water. However, there are still a few things that must be done to maintain your pool and it's water. Read on for helpful tips from us.
Neglecting to Brush Your Pool
Brushing the sides and bottom of your swimming pool are necessary even with a pool vacuum. While the pool vacuum will be great at collecting debris, it doesn't replace what regular brushing will accomplish in eliminating bacteria, germs and algae.
Let's all agree that manually vacuuming your pool is difficult and time consuming. Many of us rely on automatic vacuums. However, they aren't the best about taking algae out of the pool. Stick with a manual vacuum for algae removal. It's important to vacuum, skim and brush.
Ignoring Your Pool Water's pH and Alkalinity Levels
The proper balance of pool chemicals are critical. Low pH can cause eye and skin irritation as well as corroding your swimming pool's equipment.
Overly acidic (low pH) pool water will cause damage to your pool and equipment that may not be covered under warranty. The more alkaline (high pH) the water, the less effective your chlorine will be.
Proper alkalinity will keep the water in your pool stable, keeping it from fluctuating too much between basic (alkaline) and acidic.
Adding Pool Shock
The reason many pool owners shock their pool is to get rid of chloramine buildup. Chloramine happens from the combination of :
1) chlorine disinfectants and 2) perspiration, oils, and urine that enter the pool water on the bodies of swimmers.
Shocking pool water eliminates those chloramines. Furthermore, shock is a form of unstabilized chlorine that needs to be kept at a specific break-point. The rapid evaporation of chloramine will take the pool water away from this stabilized, safe, break-point. Furthermore, shock and chlorine create a dangerous combination when mixed together.
In most cases, a deadly gas will result. If you have an automatic chlorinator attached to your skimmer, the mixture of chlorine and shock can cause your skimmer to explode! Notably, when dealing with chlorine and shock, caution cannot be emphasized enough!
Using Waters Choice Pure Enzymes for Pools will DRAMATICALLY REDUCE the chloramine buildup, which then allows you to eliminate shock. It's safe to say that Waters Choice enzymes create a much safer environment around your pool.
Not Running the Pool Filter for 8 Hours a Day
Filtration is one of THE most important things to keeping your pool water clean. It's also important for your pool filtration to cycle it's water at least once a day.
The amount of time for one cycle varies on the size of your pool, but most will need at least 8 hours for one filtration cycle.
Multiple cycles are recommended so don't be afraid to run your pool filter and pump for 24 hours.
Neglecting to Regularly Test Pool Water
Finally, always test your pool's water at LEAST once a week to make sure your it has properly balanced pH and alkalinity. Sanitizer levels should be checked weekly as well.
If you're having trouble, you may need to check for phosphates, nitrates, calcium hardness, copper and/or iron, salt and total dissolved solids levels.
Click over to our website at Waters Choice where we carry a fantastic brand of testing strips.
Another option is to use a liquid test kit purchased at your local pool professional's store.
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