Basic Water Maintenance in Swimming Pools

As a pool owner, there are few important fluid maintenance tasks to be done regularly. Some maintenance is daily and some need to be done weekly and even monthly. What you do is determined by the test results. Depending on how often the facility is used, will depend on the fluctuations of the test results. These are the main components of tests results and how you, as a owner, can keep the facility safe and clean for the swimmers.

Measurements #1

Chlorine is a chemical element that is a strong oxidizing agent. We all know it as bleach. It comes in tablets, sticks, and in granular form. They will work all the same. It will oxidize and kill bacteria, algae and other microorganism. It is important to do the measurement in order to know how much chlorine is necessary to treat the pool water. If you have cloudiness or a buildup in algae, then you have a chlorine issue. This measurement should be checked daily. The test measurement should stay between 7.2 and 7.8. 7.2 are the same as human tears.

Measurements #2

Chloramines are derivatives of ammonia. Everyone thinks that it is the chlorine that causes the red eyes and itchy skin. It is in fact the high levels of chloramines that are responsible to the irritation to the eyes and skin. This is the cause of oils and other contaminants in the fluid. When you smell a very strong bleach smell, it is not the bleach that you smell but Chloramines. Chloramines are formed when ammonia and nitrogen are mixed in H2O. Ammonia and nitrogen compounds are introduced by the swimmer’s sweat, urine, saliva, sputum and fecal matter. Therefore when the tests results come back above 0.4 ppm, it needs to be lowered by one of three different treatments. First, is to add a an unusually large amount of chlorine to the fluid. This is called “super-chlorination”. In order to remove chloramines, the ration of chlorine to ammonia must be over 7.6 to 1. The second method is by adding a “non-chlorine shock” to the fluid. Potassium peroxymonosulfate is most commonly used for this method. Third, you can have ozone added into the fluid. This is a generator installed in the above ground pool liners or a spa. When the ozone generator is in use, oxidation will take place.

Measurements #3

Alkalinity, Calcium harness, chlorine and pH chemistry measurments should be tested monthly. These tests will determine how you need to treat the fluids. You cannot be more careful on how you maintain your swimming pool. The tests are necessary to determine the cleanliness of what the swimmers will be swimming in.

There are many cases of illness reported during the summer due to poor maintenance of the fluid. As much as we like to think that we feel clean because we are swimming, as humans we still sweat. And if you have a lot of kids and toddlers swimming, we can’t be sure they are wearing swimming diapers. To ensure your family and customer’s health, maintaining the swimming pool is a very important job as well as your responsibility you will hold as the own