The 5 C's of Simple Swimming Pool Maintenance

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The 5 C's of Simple Swimming Pool Maintenance

Postby DohenysPoolSupplies » Wed 26 Sep, 2012 10:10

Pro Guide to Simple Pool Maintenance
The Five Cs of Swimming Pool Maintenance for Beginners

Doheny’s Pool Supplies Fast is continuing our “Pro Guide” series this summer to help pool owners become proficient in swimming pool maintenance. Here are five simple steps to ease beginners into swimming pool maintenance so you can keep your pool water sparkling clean and algae free!

1) Clean. Be sure to clean your pool water regularly throughout the summer. Use a pool rake or leaf skimmer to remove all leaves and debris from the swimming pool. Sweeping the surrounding area and trimming trees near the swimming pool will help eliminate future contamination of your pool water. Clean your pool’s floor and walls with a pool cleaning brush regularly to prevent algae growth and discoloration of your liner, plaster or concrete. Cleaning your pool’s filter when it becomes 8 to 10 psi over your initial starting pressure will help keep water clean as well. If you have a cartridge filtration system, then Doheny's Cartridge Cleaner will remove dirt, soap, grease and film to help keep it working efficiently.

2) Chlorinate. Chlorine is the most useful chemical to sanitize swimming pool water. Chlorine is used to kill bacteria in the water so that your pool is sparkling clean. Ideal chlorine levels should be between 1.0 and 3.0 ppm. Adding chlorine and shock treatment (highly concentrated amounts of chlorine called “superchlorination") to your pool as necessary can help prevent scummy buildup and water cloudiness.

3) Check. Be sure to check pool water levels and test your water chemicals at least twice weekly. You run the risk of burning out your pool pump and pool filtration system if too much water has evaporated from your swimming pool. High levels of chlorine can irritate skin, eyes and your respiratory system, so it is important that chlorine levels are monitored frequently. This is the most feared process by swimming pool owners, but water testers simplify this process and make it painless!

4) Circulate. Keeping your pool system running and circulating water is crucial in keeping algae and foaming at bay. Your pool pump and pool filter should be running for a minimum of 6-8 hours a day in the summertime. If the pool water is not circulated, then there is a potential that debris, scum and buildup could damage your swimming pool’s equipment.

5) Cover. Covering your pool with a solar pool cover reduces water evaporation and helps to retain heat within your swimming pool. Pool covers also prevent pesky tree branches and leaves from falling into the pool when it is not being used, thus preventing algae formation.

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The 5 C's of Simple Swimming Pool Maintenance

Postby chem geek » Wed 26 Sep, 2012 20:27

See this post for why your point #2 Chlorinate recommendations are not good.

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