Don’t do that in your swimming pool! Watch video below! 🙂
In today’s episode of “Gardening in Spring” we’ll take care of our swimming pool.
It has also been affected during the winter. It‘s not just about keeping clean the outer area. Of course we also need to test the water so we will have a lot of fun with our children without any issues.
It might be that the water pump could have been damaged or got rusty. Corrosion on all metal parts could cause danger. Or the wood from the slatted base has become rotten.
And in case you are in a happy situation, you can always call a swimming pool service maintenance company! 🙂
Of course, it’s very important that we achieve an excellent water quality. Also, there are some tips and safety instructions, so we won’t have to deal with skin or eye irritation when we only want to have fun in the pool in bright sunshiny weather. Whether we let the water in the pool, because it was covered during the winter, or we have to refill it, we always have to take special care of the disinfection level of the water..
SAFETY FIRST! Watch this…
We should care about how to treat swimming pool water
About swimming pool chemicals –
Bacteria and germs killed by chemicals.
How to treat swimming pool water?
Contaminated and warm pool water provides bacteria and germs with perfect breeding conditions to multiply quickly. For this reason, it’s advisable to add chlorine to the pool regularly – it’s the best-known method of disinfection in the swimming pool world.
Cyanuric acid is often added to the chlorine stabilizer to protect it from rapid degradation by UV radiation. The chemical lobe disinfects the water but has a different consistency depending on the handling of the chlorine agent (granules or tablets).
If granules are being used, regular control of the chlorine content is required. If the chlorine value deviates it’s advisable to add chlorine to the water immediately. The granules are suitable either for refilling the pool after spring cleaning or as an aid if care has suffered a little. If algae have formed, shock chlorination may be useful.
If chlorine tablets are being used daily measurement is omitted. They are merely placed in a dosing float or skimmer, which continuously releases chlorine into the water. The value should be between 0.5 and 1.0 milligrams per liter (mg / l).
Modern pool test equipment will quickly show all important parameters of the pool water.
If, for reasons of skin compatibility, we do not want chlorine to be mixed directly with the pool water, we can go back on the alternative method of salt electrolysis. As part of water treatment disinfection is generated by adding natural salt. In an electrolytic cell the dissolved salt is converted by means of electric current, whereby required chlorine gas for disinfection arises.
Another alternative is the usage of active oxygen. These are chemical substances that split off active oxygen from peroxides. In correct dosage it comes to disinfection with chlorine, whereby the active oxygen is skin-friendly, odorless and gentle.
For correct dosage of the care product we have to know the cubic meters of water in our pool. Therefore, a calculation is necessary depending on the type of basin. Too much chlorine causes skin irritation or conjunctivitis.
There are swimming pool chemical test kits out there.
Fight the algae
Slippery, green, dull and unsightly – algae are growing quickly. This may be due to improper care, low chlorine content in the water or a wrong pH. To prevent algae formation it’s recommended to use algaecides in addition to a chlorine content of 1.0 to 3.0 mg / l. It is important to pay attention to the dosage of the manufacturer’s instructions!
What to do if the water is green and cloudy?
At this point only shock chlorination helps in which the pH of the water must be 7.2.
In addition, the water should not be heated but have a temperature of 15 degrees Celsius. Before we add chlorine (whether as tablets, granules or liquid preparation) to the water it makes sense to rinse the filter sufficiently beforehand so that no algae are deposited there. If this step is done it’s advisable to fill in chlorine until the water turns into gray.
Afterwards, check if the water has got a pH between 7.0 and 7.4. If this is not the case, we can use pH reducers or heaters in order to achieve the correct value. In the end we add algaecide into the water. This prevents from another algae formation. If the growing of algae is too persistent it makes sense to empty the pool completely and clean it thoroughly.
Small dirt particles often cannot be detected by the filter. As a result, they accumulate within the pool and cause cloudy water. This flocculation is prevented by using flocculants.
They bind small particles so that they will get large enough to being absorbed by the filter system – that’s possible with sand filters only. In addition to the dosage of the flocculants and a reasonable speed of the filter, the pH value is important to prevent from formation of dirt particles.
Make “clear ship” with the filter system
It is said that the filter system is the heart of every water treatment. In order for this to work as good as possible the filter system should also be well selected in order to match the pool size. We use proofed sand filters only.
In order to clear the water from all dirt properly I recommend starting the system two to three times a day. The working time of the filter depends on the volume of the pool as well as the circulation capacity of the filter.
Our rule should be: the slower – the better. In general, it can be stated that the optimal time of filtration is up to nine or ten hours per day for many swimming pools.
I did some research regarding pool safety accessories – maybe you find it useful…look here.
To keep the filter clean we should do a filter rinse at least once a week, preferably for five minutes. So we save the addition of care products. If we neglect the cleaning of the filter the water quality deteriorates – germs arise and thus enter the water, which increases the consumption of disinfectants.
If we always carefully observe all criteria the pool water will be always as clear as we want it to be.
If you do have any questions or suggestions (maybe about some tricks you know) please don’t hesitate to write a comment about! Let me know it!
I love to hear about “special tricks” how to fix something or so… sometimes they are really helpful but in any case mostly funny! 🙂
PS: Follow the rules! 🙂