Pool Care Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

With the arrival of summer, it’s time to open up your pool to friends and family. However, it’s best to make sure that you don’t make the same simple pool care mistakes as last year. To help avoid making any errors in opening your pool this year, below are the most common mistakes pool owners make and how you can avoid them.

Shocking a Pool

Every week, you should be properly shocking your pool. This means, that you should be adding nearly one pound of shock for every 10,000 gallons of water in your pool.
Since the chlorine in your pool works hard to kill off bad bacteria creating dead chlorine, shock gets rid of this chlorine to prevent any damage to you.
However, it’s important that you do a shock treatment in your pool either in the morning or at night since it is dangerous for you to be swimming in. The sun can burn off the shock in the morning to get your pool ready for an afternoon swim, and leave it in at night is plenty of time to be ready for the following morning.

Adding Too Many Chemicals

Adding too many chemicals to your pool can have serious consequences. It can throw off the PH balance, damage your equipment, and endanger anybody swimming in the pool.

Adding Too Few Chemicals

For your pool, adding too few chemicals can also cause similar damage. This can cause bacteria to grow in your water and cause all sorts of other issues.

PH and Alkaline Levels

The lower pH your pool water is, the more acidic it is. However, as good as acidic water is to burn away algae, it is not entirely safe to swim in.
PH that is too low can damage a large amount of equipment that your pool needs to run to full capacity, such as:

  • Heater
  • Cleaner
  • Pool pump and filter
  • Liner
  • Chemical feeder
  • Solar blanket
  • Maintenance equipment

PH that is too low can not only ruin your pool water but also your pool heating equipment as well.
However, alkalinity can keep your pH levels stable and safe for you and your pool. The reason pH can be so difficult to manage is because everything that touches your pool water changes the pH levels. Using alkaline can help maintain your pH levels and prevent it from changing too much while using your pool.

Cleaning Algae

Using algaecide can help prevent algae from growing in your pool. However, it’s important that you use the right amount of this product to prevent damaging your pool. It’s also smart to remember that using algaecide can reduce the amount of chlorine in your pool, so when you use it, make sure that you add in extra chlorine to register safe pH levels. When cleaning algae in your pool, make sure that you are following the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning your pool and using the pool pump as effectively as possible.

For the best pool solutions in San Antonio, contact Sanchez Pools today!

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