You recently acquired your own swimming pool. But what do you have to do to maintain my swimming pool? What products do you need?
How do I maintain my pool?
Maintaining the pH value
First and foremost, you should ensure that the pH value is between 7.2 and 7.6 pH. You can maintain the pH value of the swimming pool water by adding pH Minus or pH Plus to the pool.
Too high a pH value can allow dangerous bacteria to develop, because the chlorine is less active. Moreover, the combination of too little chlorine and too high a pH value can lead to algae growth and green swimming pool water.
Too low a pH value can lead to corrosion of all the metal parts (e.g. ladders, lighting, etc.) and to that unpleasant chlorine smell which causes eye, nose and skin irritations. But it is easy to avoid these problems with good swimming pool maintenance.
Checking the chlorine value
After the pH value, you should also keep a check on the active free chlorine. The presence of chlorine is necessary for clear, healthy water, (i.e. oxidised and disinfected water). In order to disinfect the swimming pool sufficiently, you should use the following concentrations of free chlorine:
- Outdoor swimming pool: between 0.5 and 3.0 mg/l
- Indoor swimming pool: between 0.5 and 1.5 mg/l
This maintains the ideal condition of the water in your pool – clear and free of bacteria and viruses.
Technical and general swimming pool maintenance
Besides keeping the chlorine and pH values at the right levels, you also need to maintain your swimming pool’s filter unit. Backwashing the filter regularly will ensure its ideal operation and remove the bound, non-active chlorine from the pool.
Finally, it is also important to remove coarse dirt from the swimming pool. Some of it can simply be scooped up with a dip net; you can filter away smaller dirt particles with a manual or robot vacuum cleaner.
It is important to carry out maintenance daily or several times a week, so that it only takes a few minutes each time, otherwise you will be giving yourself more work on your swimming pool than necessary.
Automatic maintenance of the swimming pool
Besides manual maintenance, your can also opt for automatic maintenance of your swimming pool. This is done with the aid of an automatic pH and chlorine dosing system. More information on these systems is available in our shops.
Also when using automatic dosing, you should still maintain the filter unit and clean the swimming pool with a dip net or vacuum cleaner – a robot cleaner can make this very easy!