One simple luxury you can have at home is a swimming pool. This facility does not only give you, your family and friends endless hours of fun, but also augment the value of your entire property. Regardless how you might merit your home pool, it must be treated with utmost care. There are several ways on how to go about maintaining your pool clean and safe at all times and all it takes is your patience.
Although drowning is the initial and most common associated problem with home pools, poor sanitation is another aspect that makes it a threatening place. Since the water in it is contained, there are always problems regarding pollutants such as algae and other bacteria. A further issue is when the chlorine or other chemicals in it are not balanced, swimmers get the burning sensation in their eyes and nose. These concerns should be immediately addressed so as to not cause further damage to the pool equipment. Here are some ways you can maintain its cleanliness:
To save you from the guesswork whether the pool’s alkalinity and pH levels are normal, hire water testing and water chemistry balancing services.
If on the other hand you have the time to evaluate the chemical balance in your pool water, use water calculators so that you can add the right amount of chemicals.
Adding ample amount of chlorine or bromine will be helpful in keeping the water free from bacteria.
Water balancers can also save you from buying expensive pool cleaning equipment. These are beneficial in doing away with cloudy or irritating water.
To easily destroy chlorine compounds, using shock treatments at least once a month can be utilized.
To control and destroy any formation of algae, there are types of algaecide that do not have toxic and staining elements. Some brands are effective in preventing other detrimental life forms in the water as well.
Checking the filter, skimmer basket and/or backwash enables you to ensure that there are no particles clogging the drainage and water circulation.
Other cleaning practices including regular vacuuming, skimming leaves and brushing walls should always be done at least once a week.
Frequent cleaning is not the only pool maintenance task. You must also ensure that your pool is conducive for children. Getting safety measures will surely give you some peace of mind. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are alarming studies that reveal more than 300 children drown in their own home pools. Thus, it is utterly important that you should also instigate safety actions.
The CSPC has specific guidelines that recommend home, private and public pools to install pool barriers to “prevent a child from getting over, under or through and keep the child from gaining access to the pool except when supervising adults are present.” Although these are not requirements, it is still better to be safe than sorry.
Here are some guidelines from the Commission:
There are various suggested dimensions for different types of barricades for in-ground pools:
steel barricade – at least 48 inches above ground
chain link fences – 1 ¼ inches for the mesh size
latticework – 1 ¾ inches for the limit opening
For above-ground pools, the ladders should be detachable so that no small child can easily jump into the pool without adult supervision.
Both types of pools should have secured gated entry and exit ways that not even a small child’s body could not fit in within the gaps or openings.
Other items that should be installed within the house and surrounding the pool are alarms, covers and nets. These should be installed sturdy enough that even teenagers could not easily remove.
These measures are very easy and not at all costly. Once you ensure the cleanliness and security of your pool, you can rest assured that everyone will have never-ending enjoyment.
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