If you are a pool owner, then you know that good maintenance is vital. But, people often underestimate what is required to keep the water clean and safe.
We have gathered together 7 tips to make this job a little easier, from methods of regulating the pH level to automatic cleaning. Not all tips apply to all pools, however, so choose what ideas may work for you!
We, at SunnyTent, wish you every success in cleaning your pool, and of course, much fun in the water!
1.Always measure the pH level of the water
The pH level is a measure of the level of acid or alkaline in the water. The numbers range from 1-14, with 7 being neutral. Values below 7 indicate acidity, with 1 being the most acidic. Values above 7 indicate alkalinity, which increases as the number increases. The ideal range for pool water is between 7.2 and 7.6.
The pH level is easy to check, using test strips. When dipped in the water, these strips change colour, and this colour will indicate the acid/alkaline level of the water.
If the level is too high, then algae and calcium can build up. This can irritate eyes, skin and mucous membranes. It also lessens the effectivity of the chlorine. You will need to add a pH reducer to bring the level down.
A too low Ph level can also be harmful to skin, eyes and mucous membranes. You will need to increase the Ph level to ensure good and safe swimming water.
So, regular testing of the water can prevent various problems. Use the test strips and follow the guidelines on increasing or decreasing the pH level to keep it in the neutral range.
2.Think carefully about where you will set up your Intex pool.
How do you determine where to set up your pool? Is it because there is enough space? Or because “it has always been there”? The location is important. For example, it is not a good idea to set it up near a big tree because everything that drops from the tree will drop into your pool!! If there are trees near your pool, a SunnyTent may be a good solution as it will cover the pool.
It is best to locate the pool in an open, sunny area of your garden. This will offer the most pleasant swimming and water play environment.
3. Cover your pool when not in use.
This probably the most valuable tip we can offer to you. If your pool is left open to the elements, debris such as leaves, dust, and insects fall freely into the water. A SunnyTent protects against this unwanted contamination. It can also be beneficially, in that it can increase and maintain the water temperature.
4.Use only tap water to fill your pool.
It is the safest option. Source or ground water contain minerals and other substances. When these come into contact with chlorine, it may cause the water to discolour.
5. Be careful with chlorine
For pool owners, chlorine tablets are invaluable, but like all chemicals it should be used with caution. Normal chlorine levels should be between 1 and 2 ppm/litres. This may be increased to 3ppm/litres if algae appear.
But use the test strips to keep accurate and safe readings. Too much chlorine can have nasty consequences, causing eye and mucous membrane irritations. Always follow the directions supplied by the manufacturer of these products.
6.Automatic or manual cleaning?
Whether you opt for automatic cleaning depends largely on the size of your pool and how much use it gets. Smaller pools do not actually need a pump and manual cleaning will generally suffice. A pump is useful for pools with a diameter of more than 183cm.
You can use a cartridge filter pump, or a sand filter pump. These pumps differ in the way they purify the water. A cartridge filter pump contains a paper filter that must be changed every 1-2 weeks. A sand filter pump works by filtering water through a layer of fine grade silica sand. Dirt particles are then trapped. When purchasing a pool pump, consider the diameter of the hose and the connection.
7.Watch for dead algae.
Dead algae often remain in the pool and can sink to the bottom making it difficult to remove. To prevent this you can use a coagulant. This acts by binding tiny particles together, so they can be filtered or manually removed from the pool.