Proper pool care routines are what ensure your swimming pool remains of perfect quality. However, there are times when you might confuse the steps or the process – meaning your care routine might sometimes have no effect on the quality of your pool’s water. Here are some of the most common mistakes when it comes to pool maintenance:
- Shocking your pool during the day – adding chlorine is to ensure that foreign particles and the like do not remain in your water. Chlorine naturally attaches itself to these, and forms chloramine (basically, ‘dead chlorine’). Chloramine is something you need to get rid of, and this is the reason why you should shock your pool weekly. Pool shock, which is unstable chlorine, removes the chloramine from your swimming pool. Shocking your pool during the day, however, is a bad idea, because the sun burns off the unstable chlorine, and prevents it from reaching the break-point oxidation level. Instead, shock your pool at dusk or during the night. If you are interested about pool filters you can visit this website https://www.perthpoolprofessionals.com.au/collections/filters.
- Adding shock to the skimmer or to the pool directly – another good point about pool shock is how exactly it should be applied to your pool. Basically, avoid adding shock directly into the pool or to the skimmer. Shock is essentially chlorine, and it can bleach out your liner and other parts of the pool. Adding it to the skimmer is extremely dangerous, because it can produce a hazardous gas, and if your skimmer has a chlorinator, it can even explode! Besides pool shock, there are many chemicals amongst the list of quality pool supplies in Perth, and for all of these, the advice of not adding them directly to the pool, and the advice of not adding water to the chemicals, apply.
- Letting your pH levels get too low – a low pH level basically means the water in your pool is acidic. Acid kills pathogens and microorganisms, which is a good thing, but overly acidic water can easily harm your pool equipment as well. Therefore, you want to make sure that the pH levels of your swimming pool constantly fluctuate in the acceptable pH level range.
- Not testing the water quality regularly – testing the water quality is how you can find the pH level, chlorine content and other important information about your swimming pool. Accordingly, it is extremely important that you test the water quality weekly. The local pool store or chemist will test your water and provide you with detailed reports, but know that you do not have to get detailed reports every week – monthly is ideal. For the other weeks, consider self-testing kits that let you know the most important details.