26 Feb General Concrete Pool Maintenance Brisbane
By keeping on top of regular maintenance of your concrete pool you can ensure that it is in the best possible condition, lasts longer and if you do find any issues, you can manage them early on. Preventative pool maintenance is easy to manage and can save you from any hassles or potential repairs down the track.
The most basic starting point is to remove any leaves and debris from the surface and bottom of the pool. This should be done every few days or as often as necessary, particularly after storms or high winds where more scraps are likely to find their way into the pool. It’s best to purchase a mesh net with an extendable handle so you can easily skim through the water from the pools edge. Also check and clear the filter areas so you don’t get a build-up of leaves or other obstructions.
It is also a good idea to scrub the tiles or pool edge along the water line as detrimental bacteria, algae and other problem substances tend to rise to the water’s surface. You may not see it, particularly under the edge tiles but this is a breeding ground for bacteria as it is a moist, warm place to cling on to. Even if your water balance is in check, regular scrubbing of the area along the water line will prevent a build-up and keep your pool clean and safe for the family.
Keeping the water balance in check is essential for both the health of the users and the pool itself. You can reduce wear and tear on the pool structure by regularly monitoring the water quality and adjusting where necessary to ensure the balance doesn’t tip in favour of corrosive outcomes such as low pH. It is also important to use a quality sanitiser, most commonly chlorine, to fight bacteria and keep the pool clean but again, you need to be aware of using the correct proportions with the correct water levels.
pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline the water is and the pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. Values below 7 are acidic and values above 7 are alkaline. Total Alkalinity is the measure of the bicarbonates, carbonates and hydroxides in your water. The operational range is 60 to 200 parts per million (ppm).
The levels you should aim for are:
- A pH of 7.2 to 7.6
- A Total Alkalinity of about 100ppm, or as directed by a pool professional.
Each pool system may differ, particularly with customised concrete pool designs, so be sure to check the levels with your pool builders after installation. Check out our page on Why Regular Pool and Spa Maintenance is Important for more details.
Finally, avoid leaving toys or items in the pool or around the edge when they are not in use. Apart from the danger of people tripping, these items can be damaged by the chemicals in the pool if left for long periods of time. They may also be prone to growing nasty bacteria or small items could make their way into the filter system.
At Mainstream Pools we have the skills and experience to help with all your pool maintenance. For more information, tips or advice, give our team a call today on (07) 3806 5407 or email [email protected]