Pool Care 101
To keep your pool’s water in good health and looking crispy clean, a few maintenance tips you need to follow steps.
The Pool Pump
Pumps are at the center of the circulation system. The pump moves water from the pool and sends it through a filter to remove dirt, dust and debris before the water goes back in the pool.
Its a good rule idea to run your pump about 1 hour for every 10º of temperature.
If the pool pump is not running, the water from the pool is not flowing properly or filtered. Running the pump and circulating the water is the best way to help prevent problems.
Pool Filter System
A pools filtration system removes any debris and dirt .The skimmer basket and the hair and lint basket in the pump all play a role in the filtering of the pool water. Filters require backwashing when the pressure gauge rises 8-10 psi from clean.
There are three types of filters that are used in swimming pools to remove dirt and debris that enter the water through swimmers and the surroundings.
- Sand Filters –
- Cartridge Filters –
- Diatomaceous Earth Filters
Test the Pool
Testing your pool 2-3 times a week is good for Los Angeles County pools to maintain water balance and sanitizer levels. A quick way is to use test strips for pools for acceptable sanitizer levels, pH and alkalinity. Proper testing makes sure that calcium levels are maintained and that there are no metals found in the pool water. These tests can be completed by you or your pool professional. In order to prevent scaling or corrosive action and to achieve maximum swimmer comfort, the pool water should be balanced to the following levels:
pH is the measure of acid and base in the pool water. The pH of the pool should be tested and adjusted on a weekly basis. If there is to much acid the pool can get damaged. Note that if the pH to the base side the water will get cloudy.
When calcium is dissolved in the pool water it is called Calcium Hardness. The range for calcium hardness in the pool water is 200-250 parts per million for concrete pools. For vinyl pool calcium hardness levels need to range 175-225 parts per million.
Weekly test on alkalinity should be performed to have the right amount of acid buffers. Total alkalinity levels range from 120-150 parts per million. A alkalinity booster will raise total alkalinity.
Metals should not be in swimming pool water. Metals like iron and copper are the most common metals that appear in pools. If there are metals in a pool a stain and scale remover can be used on weekly pool maintenance.
Chlorine is used in pools to kill any bacteria and to keep pool water clean.
A chlorine level of 1-3 parts per million is what you want to maintain.
Shocking your pool refers to the process of adding chlorine or chemicals to your pool in order to raise the “free chlorine” that help prevent algae and cloudy water.
Preventing algae with proper pool cleaning and maintenance.
The best thing is to hire a pool professional, if you are in our service area we recommend you give us a call (562) 395-3616 .