Are you considering getting a pool but have no idea how to clean one? Don’t worry, with a bit of information maintaining your pool’s water quality is an absolute breeze.
You can splash away in the summer sun without worrying about whether your pool is clean enough or not.
First, let’s talk about what filtration equipment you’re going to need. These do no replace pool cleaning chemicals but are a great supplement to them.
All the pools we build come complete with the filtration equipment you need to get the debris out of your pool. We also provide optional extras such as robotic cleaners at discounted rates for our fantastic customers. By getting these through us you can save tons of money on expensive products.
We only use the very best cleaning and filtration equipment there is. That’s why we have partnered with Hayward; so we can offer you the very best pool cleaning equipment.
Sanitising Your Water
The first thing you will need to start doing for pool maintenance is sanitising your water to make it completely safe for you and your family to swim in. This ensures that you will not pick up any nasty bugs that may have gotten into the water.
Here’s what you can use to sanitise pool water:
That’s right, salt! Chlorine is the most common thing you will use to sanitise pool water and you don’t necessarily need anything else. However, you can use a salt chlorine generator to turn regular salt into chlorine which many people like to do because salt is cheap and easy to purchase.
You can use a mineral system to add copper and silver minerals into your pool’s water. These minerals do indeed sanitise water but they do it much more slowly than chlorine does.
You will still need to use small amounts of chlorine along with the minerals to ensure full sanitisation. That’s why it’s not a full replacement to chlorine but it means that you can use a lot less of it.
Finally, let’s talk about chlorine. This is what most people use to sanitise their pool water. The chlorine range required for sanitisation is 1 to 3 ppm. It’s cheap and fantastic at eliminating both algae and bacteria.
You can buy chlorine in the form of powder or tablets which makes it easy to put in your pool.
Keeping Your Water Balanced
You need balanced water in your pool. What does that mean? You don’t want your water to be too hard and nor do you want it to be too soft. ‘Hard water’ refers to the number of minerals occurring in the water such as magnesium and calcium. Soft water, on the other hand, does not have enough minerals.
In your pool, the pH must be kept at a certain level; somewhere between 7.4 and 7.6. On the ph scale, this amount resides just slightly above neutral levels.
What are the components that are used to maintain this balance?
- Calcium hardness levels - calcium in the water in your pool is essential. Without calcium, your pool can start to erode at the edges and this is what causes calcification on the sides and the floor. The best range is between 175 and 300 ppm. Overdoing the calcium levels has its own issues, such as scale, so ensure that you keep it between these measurements.
- Alkalinity levels - these should stay between 100 and 150 ppm. Alkalinity helps keep your pH levels where they should be, as alkalinity can absorb elements coming into your pool water which could have effects on the pH levels. These can fluctuate dramatically, so you should always have a supply on hand for your pool in case you need it suddenly.
- pH levels - As mentioned, these should stay between 7.4 and 7.6 ideally. Lower pH is somewhat acidic and your pool water would burn you. Higher and your pool would dry out your skin.
You can test whether you have these chemicals in the right balance by getting some test strips or at-home test kits. Then you will know right away if the balance is off and you need to do something about it.
The best practice is testing your pool water every week to see if you need to adjust the balance.
Chemicals Required for Balanced Water
If these tests show that your balance is out of order, you’ll need some pool chemicals. To keep all of the elements in balance, here are the chemicals you can use:
- Alkalinity Increaser
- pH Reducer
- pH Increaser
The pH reducer lowers both the pH levels as well as the alkalinity levels, hence why you won’t be able to find alkalinity reducer anywhere. Companies don’t produce it because it is unnecessary.
More Useful Pool Cleaning Chemicals
What else do you need to ensure that your pool remains completely clean and safe to use?
For most people, sanitising and balancing products are enough. However, there are other products you might need in certain situations or if you want to use them. Here are the situations and what you may need to rectify them:
If you unfortunately already have the scale in your pool, you will need a way of removing this. That’s where scale remover can come into play.
The scale is caused by hard water containing substances like iron and copper. A stain or scale remover can get rid of these for you.
If you’re finding that your chlorine dips low, this increases your risk of getting in your pool. In this case, you may want to use an algaecide.
This can prevent algae from appearing in your pool. While chlorine is a fantastic algae killer, you can use algaecide when your chlorine gets low as a backup.
If you’re already seeing algae, then using chlorine to get rid of this is better than algaecide.
If you’re adding fresh water into your pool, you might find that you need some water stabiliser, also known as cyanuric acid. Adding this can stop your chlorine being burnt away from the sun’s UV rays.
It can help your chlorine to last longer, otherwise, it may quickly disappear from fresh water.
That was a full rundown of the pool cleaning chemicals you may need for your brand new pool. If you want to discuss having a fabulous new pool built, please contact us.
We are happy to make you a stunning fibreglass pool that will transform your outdoor space.