At the height of summer, what a pleasure to cool off in your own swimming pool! But to take full advantage of it, a minimum of vigilance is necessary. How to maintain your pool? What tips can improve the quality of bathing water? For clear water, follow the guide…
- Filter the water in your swimming pool - Disinfect the water in your swimming pool - Control the pH - Clean the swimming pool in your swimming pool - Each problem has its solution!
1. Filter the water in your pool
Key step in the maintenance of your pool: filtration! This is ensured mechanically by the water pump and the filter, the size of which must be adapted to the volume of your pool. Remember these few simple rules: * Filtration must be daily. * We only filter during the day, when UV rays are present. * The use of a flocculating product improves the performance of the filter. * The filtration time is equal to half the water temperature. Example: for water at 20 °, count 10 h of filtration. * 1 to 2 times per week, the skimmers' baskets will be cleaned and the filter pressure will be checked via the pressure gauge.
2. Disinfect your pool water
Second key step for the maintenance of your pool: disinfection! This chemical treatment is essential to eliminate microorganisms suspended in the water. You will find on the market many products allowing to disinfect the water of your swimming pool: * Chlorine: It is an excellent antibacterial and algaecide agent. In pebbles, in powder, or in liquid form, it shines by its ease of use and its low cost. However, be aware that it can cause irritation of the eyes and mucous membranes in the most sensitive people. To avoid disappointment, be sure to maintain a chlorine level between 1.5 and 2 milligrams per liter. * Bromine: Unlike chlorine, bromine has the advantage of not having an odor. Its strong antibacterial, antimicrobial and algaecide power guarantees you clear water suitable for swimming. Only drawback, its price, which is 40 to 50% higher than that of chlorine! * Active oxygen: Used in addition to chlorine or bromine, active oxygen removes organic matter suspended in water. Odorless and non-irritating, it is the ideal ally for disinfecting your pool water. The icing on the cake, active oxygen is an ecological product that leaves no residue!
3. Check the pH
Ideally, the pH of your pool should be between 7.2 and 7.5. In high season, check the pH of the water 2 to 3 times a week. To do this, take an electronic device called a pH meter, or pH paper strips (which have the advantage of being much cheaper). Finally, be aware that an inappropriate pH can affect the effectiveness of disinfectant products (especially chlorine). So be careful!
4. Clean the pool of your pool
After filtering and disinfecting your pool water, it's time to move on to the cleaning stage. For this, a little elbow grease will be necessary! Arm yourself with a landing net and remove the leaves and other waste floating on the surface. Then, using a magic sponge, vigorously scrub the water line, which tends to clog on the liner of your pool. Finally, to clean the bottom of the basin as well as possible, activate the robot and let it act for the necessary time. Note that in high season, these operations must be repeated daily!
5. Each problem has its solution!
To properly maintain your pool, you must be able to identify each specific problem, in order to provide an adequate response. We can remember, pell-mell: * Green and cloudy water: This generally signals the presence of algae in your pool. The solution is then to apply shock chlorination and to clean the filter and the skimmers. * Translucent red or green water: This can reveal the presence of metallic particles in suspension in the water (iron in the case of red coloring, and copper in the case of green coloring). If this is the case, the use of a metal sequestrant will solve the problem. * Whitish water: This can indicate an imbalance in the pH of your pool. To ensure this, immerse a strip of pH paper in the water in your pond. If this diagnosis is correct, resolve the problem using a pH corrector (pH plus or pH minus). * The strong smell of chlorine: Paradoxically, this generally signals an insufficient level of chlorine! To avoid this type of inconvenience, the ideal would be to use an automatic dosing pump. It is certainly expensive to purchase, but frees you from the constraints linked to the disinfection of the basin.