A swimming pool in your garden guarantees hours of swimming pleasure. Isn’t it great to have a refreshing dip in the summer? However, to keep the pool water as clear as possible, your pool requires some maintenance. But don’t worry, our 5 tips make it easy and even turn pool maintenance into a fun activity.
Tip 1: Use a pool cover when you are not using the pool.
It is best to cover the pool when you are not using it. This prevents dirt, such as leaves, twigs and even frogs, from getting into the pool.
In addition, a good pool cover saves you energy. It allows the water to retain its heat longer so that the pool heater doesn’t need to work as much. Good for the environment and for your wallet!
Tip 2: Test the pool water regularly.
To keep the pool clean, it is important to find the right balance between the amount of chlorine in the water, the alkalinity (TA), the hardness of the water and the acidity (pH). Test these values at least once a week with a good tester, preferably every day if you use the pool every day, such as in the summer. Only by closely monitoring these values, and adjusting them when necessary, will your pool be free of bacteria and viruses.
The pH value should always be between 7.2 and 7.6. If it is higher than that, add pH-Min. If the pH value is lower, add pH-Plus.
When the pH value is too high, the chlorine becomes less active, allowing bacteria to develop in the pool water. In addition, it exposes the water to algae, which turns the water green. When the pH value is too low it can lead to skin and eye irritations.
Chlorine is necessary to keep the water crystal-clear and, above all, healthy, but chlorine only works properly if the pH value is correct. For an outdoor pool, the ideal value of chlorine is between 1 and 2.5 mg/litre.
For your information: Leisure Pools recommends equipping the pool with an automatic measuring and control system. It constantly monitors the water quality and adds small amounts of chlorine, but only when necessary. You can also add a UV system to the technical system. The system kills bacteria, algae and other micro-organisms in the pool water using ultraviolet light.
Tip 3: Rinse yourself before swimming.
Get yourself and your children and grandchildren into the habit of rinsing before taking a dip in the pool. This way, your loose skin flakes or sun cream, for example, will not end up in the pool water. Fewer dirt particles in the pool means you use fewer pool products.
Tip 4: Add fresh water regularly and clean the pool filter.
Research shows that it is best to refresh part of the pool water every week. Otherwise, the salt concentration in the water will become too high. Fortunately, this can be done easily by cleaning the pool filter, as dirt accumulates in this filter faster than you think. A backwash removes all inactive chlorine and dirt from the water and reduces the pressure in the filter and thus removes part of the pool water. Refill the water and you’re done!
Tip: Closely monitor the salinity of the water, especially in summer, and add fresh water when necessary.
Tip 5: Vacuum!
Maybe not your favourite task, but the pool needs to be vacuumed regularly to remove coarse dirt. Fortunately, there are now several robotic pool cleaners on the market that can carry out this task for you. A robotic pool cleaner completely cleans all the walls and the bottom of the pool. Regular vacuuming removes most dirt particles from the pool so that you can always swim in clear water!
For your information: Leisure Pools has developed several smart technologies to minimise the maintenance of the pool as much as possible. For example, our pools are finished with an Aqua Guard Smart Colour Coating, which is very smooth and non-porous, so algae and bacteria cannot settle in the walls. In addition, the coating has a strong antibacterial effect, which kills a large number of bacteria in the pool water. But that’s not all. Our self-cleaning roller shutter niche collects all the dirt in the shutter box and cleans it automatically.
In short: Leisure Pools swimming pools needs a minimum of maintenance and chemicals. Isn’t that what everyone wants?
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