With summer in full swing, it’s time to break out the swimming pool and grill if you haven’t already. The warm summer months are fleeting and you don’t want to waste a moment! But before you use your pool or let others take a dip in it, it’s of utmost importance that you clean it for the sake of everyone’s health.
Pool companies recommend homeowners clean their pools (or have a pool cleaning service come by) at least once a week during the swimming season. Yet while performing swimming pool maintenance and cleaning up the water, it’s essential that you don’t mix certain chemicals.
For proper swimming pool maintenance, always add these chemicals separately rather than together:
Algaecide and chlorine shock. It’s recommended that you add pool shock to get rid of algae in your pool and to keep algaecide for after the chlorine level of your pool evens out. This is because chlorine shock can actually interrupt the chemical compounds in many pool algaecides, rendering them useless. Sequester agent and chlorine shock. If you put chlorine shock and a sequester agent (also known as stain and scale control) at the same time, the chlorine shock can interrupt the chemicals and render them useless as they would with algaecide. Wait a day or two after your chlorine levels even out and then apply the sequester agent. High metals and chlorine shock. Shocking a pool in the presence of high metals can actually leave your pool with awful stains and streaks. They can even turn the water green. Consider using a chelating agent or if the pool has had a lot of substances in it that are influencing the metals, you may need to drain and refill it. High Cyanuric Acid Proper sanitation in swimming pool maintenance can become difficult or even impossible if the levels of cyanuric acid in your pool exceeds 100 ppm. Cyanuric acid is also known as stabilizer and conditioner so be aware of the specific chemical you’re adding to your pool’s water. To get your pool levels back to normal, you’ll need to dilute the water. High Levels of Clarifier As in the case of cyanuric acid, high levels of clarifier can have a negative effect on your pool water. If you put in clarifier to get rid of the particles making your pool cloudy, you can actually turn its coagulation properties into dispersant properties. Therefore, instead of overloading your water with clarifier, use the regular dosage amount and then wait five to seven days before adding more. Mixing chemicals in your pool can be extremely dangerous. By allowing clarifier, algaecide, and other chemicals you run the risk of creating a chemical fire. Additionally, chlorine can even explode or create a toxic gas if mixed with the wrong substance.
Take care of your pool and your pool will be operational, safe and clean for your swimming enjoyment!
When it comes to your pool, don’t leave it as a piece of leftover entertainment. Make your pool a fixture in your backyard and enhance it with lighting, maintenance, outdoor furniture, and a fire pit. The extra socialization areas and improvements to your pool’s appearance will make it an amazing centerpiece in your backyard.