Pools are much like hot tubs or spas in that they require filter changes, routine cleaning, and a careful check of the pH water balance during the swimming season. If proper water balance is maintained, and you insure that the circulation system in your new pool is adequate and always working properly, then two thirds of the battle is done. A lot of the chemical considerations are determined by the amount of usage the pool gets during the summer months.
Sanitizing your pool is a must to insure the health of pool users. Typically, chlorine is added to the pool on a weekly basis. Chlorine works in the water to kill bacteria and contaminants. You may also consider using bromine to sanitize your pool. It is preferred by people with very sensitive skin, and those who hate the chlorine smell. The biggest disadvantage of using bromine is its cost, which is much higher than chlorine.
After the water has been sanitized, it may need to be “shocked” when the chlorine has trouble keeping up with bacteria and debris. Because chlorine loses its effectiveness after a period of interacting with pool waste and contaminants, the shocker is used to clean out all of the leftover debris from the chlorine interaction in the water. The process, called oxidization, cleans the swimmer waste from the pool, such as skin cells, suntan lotions, cosmetics, and even urine, and rids the pool of old chlorine. If you notice the pool has a strong chlorine smell, or is cloudy, it’s probably because the pool is not being maintained properly. Shocking the pool will quickly cure this ailment. The pool can then be re-chlorinated.
On a weekly basis, vacuum and skim your pool to remove any debris. Doing so helps control pool contamination. It is also effective in discouraging algae growth in your pool.
Other regular maintenance includes the changing of filters on a regular basis as recommended by your pool dealership, and making sure that all O rings in the system are greased and void of cracks or abrasions. Check electrical connections on a regular basis to insure there is no frayed or cracked wiring. Keep skimmer baskets free of debris, and keep the pool area free of vegetation and leaves to insure there is no contamination of the pool.
Pool maintenance should always include checking things such as diving boards, handrails, and ladders to insure there are no loose or rusted bolts. Inspect your diving board for any cracks or stressed areas, and replace if you find these problems. Doing so will insure the safety of all pool users.