Swimming Pool Maintenance: Chemicals
As you may know, swimming pool maintenance requires a lot of resources, not the least being chemicals used for different cleaning procedures. Initially, it is important to know what chemicals can be used for pools and how to store them. Today we are going to discuss using chemicals for the swimming pool maintenance.
Swimming Pools: Using Chemicals
Testing the Water
Chlorine – Most Widely Used Chemical
Chemicals that are used in pool maintenance are quite versatile, but usually they serve just one purpose – being a cleaning agent. Chlorine is the most popular chemical used in swimming pools, however, despite different forms of this chemical, the main ingredient is the same: “Trichlor” (or Trichloro-S-Triazinetrione). The most common and therefore less expensive type is the one in tablets and, by the way, this type is preferred for the above-ground pools.
Maintaining pH Balance
The swimming pool water just seems to be crystal clear and, as you may know, chemicals are responsible for its cleanness. Maintaining the pH level is essential for having the perfect water. First of all, when talking about pH balance, it should be tested with various water test kits that test for Alkalinity, PH and Calcium Hardness levels. The ideal proportion of alkalinity is between 80 and 120 parts per million; for pH level is 7.2 to 7.8; and calcium hardness should be between 180 and 240 parts per million. If you notice the proportions differ from the ideal it is essential to add the remaining chemicals.
Chemicals storage should be taken seriously, because they might accidently pour out and react in various combinations, and you just never know what might happen. The best thing you can do is read the guidelines for their storage on the cover of the chemical package. Moreover, it is essential to store chemicals in the dry, dark and cool space, where children or pets can’t reach them. The area where you keep the chemicals also needs to be ventilated.