In order to protect the health of those who will enjoy a refreshing dip in your swimming pool, it is necessary to clean the water and have the pool disinfected on a regular basis.
Why is it necessary? Because, in addition to microorganisms that develop in the water, each swimmer can bring from 1,000 to 1,000,000 microorganisms to the pool that will develop and multiply rapidly.
Disinfectants used for swimming pool water have to meet some standards, considering that they can affect the people who use the pool. Disinfectants should be safe, cause no irritation to the skin or other parts of the body that come into contact with water and also remain active for long periods of time, because pathogens and pollutants are constantly introduced into the water.
The periodicity of pool maintenance operations
- Daily pool maintenance operations
These include gathering leaves and debris that reach the surface of the water; this is typically achieved using a net that allows safe collection of debris. It is a simple operation and can be performed by anyone. In addition, it will not take too much of your time and you will not have to make a considerable effort to maintain your pool water clean.
- Weekly pool maintenance operations
These typically include cleaning the pool`s floor with a vacuum cleaner, cleaning the edges, the stairs and checking the concentrations of substances in the water.
What are the signs that you need to clean the pool
When you notice that the water has a greenish color, there are sediments deposited on the pool`s floor, and the edges and steps become slippery, it is time to consider cleaning your pool. This operation will destroy colonies of bacteria and prevent the formation of algae, fungi and mildew. Here are the other signs from pool cleaning Plano TX experts indicating that your pool needs cleaning:
- Strong smell of chlorine indicates that pool water is not safe for your health. Normally, the water must have no odor. Chlorine smells stronger when organic substances and bacteria from perspiration and urine accumulate in the water.
- Cloudy water translates a chemical imbalance between different substances and may be generated by rain, lack of sunlight, insufficient filtration or poor water circulation.
- Green water is a sign that algae have started to develop on the edges of the pool.
- If the water in the swimming pool has bubbles, it means that it also has contaminants. These occur because of sun lotions, soaps, high concentrations of bacteria, or a defective filters.
Even if pool water is cleaned and treated properly, accumulation of dissolved substances (especially salts) is inevitable. Excessive salt concentration can only be prevented by adding fresh water after a regular program. The amount of fresh water to be added is 5% of the total volume per week, which is the equivalent to 5 minutes of back-washing with a sand filter. In the case of covered pools, the risk of salt build-up is lower because the quantity of evaporated water is lower, thus reducing the amount of fresh water to be added regularly.