So you are a new pool owner but managing to keep that thing clean and running properly is a lot more work then you thought. Nobody wants to get caught setting up an impromptu swim session only to realize that underneath your solar blanket the water has taken a turn for the worse.
Why even own a pool if it only serves to embarrass you in front of the neighbours? If you have been there, you could use a refresher on proper pool maintenance.
Murky water is usually caused by a build up of bacteria in the pool. You should test the water at least every week using tools you can find at your local pool shop. 1 to 1.5 parts per million (ppm) is a good place to aim for. Dropping to far below will allow microbes to grow and levels too high and it can be harmful to your skin and eyes.
Also be sure to monitor the levels of pH in your pool and manage it with specialized chemicals. Your chlorine levels aren’t going to make a big difference if you pH is off and this can cause other problems. Overly high pH can cause scaling and staining in your liner and pipes, while low levels can cause corrosion.
If your levels are off as a result of neglect or just from using the pool a lot, perhaps it is time to shock the system. A temporary blast of chemicals will eliminate most problems with your water but this is something you need to do well before you plan on swimming. Chlorine levels above 3 ppm are dangerous so make sure you test the water again before you decide to go for a dip.
Chemicals exist to keep your pool from damaging itself and to keep you safe but they can also be dangerous if not stored and used properly. If you are having trouble with your water quality or aren’t sure about any aspect of your chemicals, visit the experts at Backyard Pool and Spa to learn how to do it properly. Give them a call at 905-713-2317 or visit their website at www.backyardpoolandspa.ca for helpful tips and information.