Key Pool Water Measurements
There are four essential measurements of a pool's "health." These measurements can be made with the Basic 5 Pool Water Test Kit. Prevent pool problems before they develop by using your pool water test kit regularly.
Chlorine Residual / Bromine: Chlorine residual is the amount of free chlorine in pool water, measured on a ppm (parts per million) basis. Similar to chlorine, bromine is used to sanitize pool water and is measured on a ppm business.
pH: pH is the balance of acidity versus alkalinity in pool water. This is measured on a scale from 0 to 14, with O being the most acidic, 7 being neutral and 14 being the most alkaline.
Total Alkalinity: Total Alkalinity is the amount of certain alkaline buffering materials in pool water; it is usually measured on a ppm basis.
Acid Demand: Acid demand determines for you the amount of acid to be added to the pool water to return it to the proper pH level based on the size of your pool.
You should test your pool water regularly. Test pool water immediately after a heavy swimmer load or a storm. By keeping track of these four essential measurements you will keep your swimming pool healthy and also protect the swimmers from harmful bacteria or unbalanced pool water.
Pool Treatment 101: Introduction To Chlorine Sanitizing
Mastering the knack of maintaining a healthy pool is not difficult with the right information and a little diligence. The proper use of chlorine is a key step to keep your pool healthy.
For general pool treatment, chlorine has three essential characteristics:
1. It acts as a rapid and persistent sanitizer,
2. It is an effective algaecide, and
3. It is a strong oxidizer of undesired contaminants.
How To Remove Algae in a Salt Water Pool
A salt water pool is not much different from a regular chlorine based swimming pool. Salt in your pool water runs through an electrically charged line after it has been filtered and is turned into chlorine. So, you still have a chlorine pool, but the way you add chlorine and kill algae is slightly different.
How To Get Rid of Algae In Salt Water
You might think that by having a salt water pool, you shouldn't add chlorine. This is NOT the case. Most salt water systems come with a button or switch that will allow you to "super chlorinate" the water. This is not a replacement for chlorine shock. Super chlorination will not be strong enough to oxidize your pool. With this said, you should still shock your pool weekly.
Super chlorination should be done monthly, but it will not help you get rid of algae. In order to remove algae in your pool, you are going to have to use conventional shock.
Teach Your Children Well: Shower before Swimming
You are heading off to your community pool. The mental check list goes...
Bathing suit? Of course.
Shower? Probably not.
Although the "shower before you swim" rule is consistently posted at community pools, a new University of Michigan report shows parents of young children do not appreciate the role showering plays in keeping swimming pools safe for the community (see video). Whereas 64 percent of parents understand it is very important for children to avoid swallowing pool water, only 26 percent believe it very important to shower before swimming. This study highlights the need to educate parents on swimmer hygiene.
What Can Water Balancers Do For Your Pool?
Your swimming pool's water is constantly changing. Everything affects the water balance of your pool, from the oil on your skin to the weather. It is important to keep the pool chemicals in your water balanced, both for the health of your pool and for your family's health.
Chlorine, your pool filter and an automatic pool cleaner are simply not enough to keep your water clean and balanced. All pool chemicals must be in the correct ranges in order to have a balanced pool. For example, your swimming pool needs to have the correct levels of total alkalinity, calcium hardness and pH in it.