02 Jul Prevention is Better than a Cure
Having a swimming pool is much like having a car – you need to maintain it and ensure it is serviced regularly in order to keep it in prime condition. Water contamination can pose a major health threat in pools. To minimise the risk of water contamination in your pool, regular testing, balancing of water and sanitisation is extremely important. Engage in efficient pool maintenance and both you, your family and the pool will reap the rewards. For efficient pool maintenance, pool owners should consider the following factors.
An optimum pH balance is essential for safe and healthy use of the pool. It determines how acidic or alkaline-filled the water is. The pH scale ranges from 0-14 with 7 being neutral. If the pH value is too high or too low, it may create discomfort to swimmers and interfere with the sanitisation of the water.
Total alkalinity, or TA, is the measure of bicarbonates, carbonates and hydroxides in pool water. To prevent your pool from becoming too unhealthy for use, ensure TA is not low. Low TA can cause erosion of the inner surface in concreate and painted pools. It can also cause pH levels to bounce, which occurs due to the fluctuation of pH values.
Calcium hardness refers to the amount of dissolved calcium in the pool. The desired range is 80-500ppm. If this recommended level isn’t met, it can cause erosion to the pool surface and lead to scale formation.
Saving money by not ensuring ongoing proper maintenance of your pool will create more damage in the long run. It can also result in illness for you, your family and your guests. Don’t forget, prevention is better than cure when it comes to looking after your pool.