February 2, 2016

We are heading to the end of Summer and the change in seasons can play havoc with pool hygiene, says Chris Fitzmaurice, Australasian manager of Swimart.

Chris says the weather may also fluctuate from cooler temperatures one day, hail storms the next, to humid, hot days.

“This can really muck up your pool chemistry, which means pool owners need to keep a close check on their pool water,” he says.

“Water balance is key to a healthy pool and to chlorine working effectively,” says Chris.

“If the pH is too high, chlorine becomes less effective and the water can become dull and cloudy. This can be addressed by adding acid to the water.

“If too low, the water will start to hurt eyes and skin and make you feel itchy. It can also cause scaling on the surface of your pool and salt chlorinator.

And here’s how to do it…

  • Check the chlorine and pH level every two days. Pay particular attention after a period of heavy usage of the pool or after a very hot day.
  • Check and clean your skimmer basket and hair and lint pot in your filtration pump weekly.
  • To re-balance pool water, take a sample from elbow depth away from the pool returns to your local pool store to be professionally tested.
  • Operate the filtration system six to eight hours a day.
  • Regularly check sanitiser levels, ideally on a daily basis.
  • Check the Total Alkalinity (TA) weekly.
  • Have your pool water checked at your local pool shop every two weeks.
  • Thoroughly backwash your sand or DE filter or remove and clean the cartridge from your cartridge filter, depending on pool use.
  • Maintain the water level at least half way up to the skimmer box opening.
  • Clean the pool and vacuum the walls and floor of the pool regularly

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