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How to Keep Swimming Pools Clean

Maintaining the swimming pools is not a vigorous task. Spending four to five hours every week, and using proper filtration and chemical treatments, the pools can be self cleaned for healthy use.

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Swimming Pools - Self-Maintenance

Swimming pools can be indoors, outdoors or above ground pools. The pools at home are often left unattended to or less maintained, and as a result, bacteria breed on the water and eventually pose a threat to those using them. The water used in the pools must be pH balanced. Pool test kits are available in stores that can check the pH balance of water. The appropriate pH for a pool is between 7.2 and 7.6.Avoid clogging of the water filters. They do not need much cleaning if the water is chemical balanced. Use nylon bristle brush to clean fiberglass and painted pools, and algae brushes to clean the plastered walls of concrete pools. Tile brushes can be used to remove calcium and other deposits from tiled walls. Vacuum the pool at least once a week to clear out the dirt settled at the bottom.

Outdoor Pools - Sanitation Techniques

Perfect for summers, outdoor pools provide the perfect leisure. They can be covered with solar covers or solar sun rings to heat up the water during winter. Clearing leaves and dirt on time will avoid the accumulation of bacteria. Covering the swimming pool with pool covers at night will help reduce the accumulation of leaves and other organic matter. Before planning on building an outdoor pool, find a spot that is away from trees. The outdoor pools can be cleaned and maintained using proper brushes, chemicals, skimmer nets and vacuum. Have the water’s calcium hardness maintained between 200 and 400 parts per million (ppm) and the alkalinity between 100 and 120 ppm.

Above Ground Pools - Clean and Care

The above ground pools are mobile and can be transported to places. Reaching you at competitive rates, the above ground pools can be maintained with limited technical knowledge using chemicals like bromine, chlorine and powder shock, and a sanitizing cartridge, brushes, vacuum and a water testing kit. Have the pool parts checked for any requirements of replacement. Drain out the water, remove leaves, twigs and debris using leaf skimmers. Lube the plugs, valves and other fittings with petroleum jelly and check for any leaks in the hoses and pumps. Have the sides of the pool scrubbed off with a broom or brush, and clean the filters. Shock the water and re-circulate for a few days for clearer water. At this stage, test the water and re-circulate if necessary to prepare it for use.Photo source: flickr.com / lapeyrecout

Written by Simon Harris

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