Steps to maintain swimming pool water chemistry
The swimming pool is a delightful place to spend time, where people of all ages enjoy their time together and achieve fitness goals without sacrificing their social life. In order to have a healthy outing in your pool, the quality of water should be regularly monitored and sanitized. Maintaining proper water chemistry is important to keep your pool water safe and enjoyable for swimmers. There are several factors to determine the grade of pool water such as:
- pH balance: pH is a basic measure of acidic and basic nature of pool water. Low pH makes the water corrosive, causes skin problems and high-value results in cloudy water which effects chlorine. Therefore, it neither be acidic nor alkaline and should be kept in the range of 7.2- 7.6 measure on a scale of 0.14 where the value 7 is termed neutral.
- Total alkalinity: To maintain proper pH balance the required amount of acid buffers or total alkalinity must be maintained in the pool. The proposed total alkalinity of a pool is 120-150 ppm.
- Calcium hardness: Calcium hardness is the amount of dissolved calcium in the pool water. The proper range of calcium hardness in pool water is 200-250 ppm for concrete pools and 175-225 ppm for vinyl pools.
- Chlorine: Stabilized chlorine helps to sanitize the water by killing the algae and bacteria present in the pool as well as eliminating the diffused grease and oils. The active chlorine in pool water should be tested regularly and maintained at an ideal range of 1-3 ppm.
- Shock: A shock treatment is a high concentration of chlorine, which adds 5-10 ppm of free chlorine to pool water. It is unsterilized chlorine which stays in the water for 12-24 hours and eliminates the organic waste, kills the pathogens and prevents the growth of algae. Do not use the pool after Shocking until the chlorine level is below 3 ppm.
- Metals: No metals like copper or iron should be allowed to be present in a swimming pool as they stain the pool and change the color of the water. A stain and scale remover should be deployed regularly to prevent staining and traces of metal must be removed from the pool.
Therefore, always use the pool chemicals exactly as directed with required protective equipment and also follow all precautions for their storage. A clean pool with clean water is the key to an enjoyable poor and a healthy body.