Guide written by:
Sébastien, Rédacteur, Puy-de-Dôme
Both above ground and inground pools require cleaning and maintenance. Let's talk chlorine, bromine, PHMB, algaecide, active oxygen and pH regulator for maintenance, and pool robots, vacuums, waterline brushs and skimmers for cleaning! From the border to the liner, everything is explained!
- Chlorine and Bromine
- Active oxygen and PHMB
- Active oxygen and algaecide
- Skimmers and brushes
- Robots and vacuums
Why maintain the pool water?
To obtain good quality pool water without having to resort to shock treatments, regular maintenance is highly recommended. The pool water should be pure, clear, with a neutral pH; A slightly basic water is acceptable - it should ideally hover around 7.4.
To purge your water of any imbalances, which is the source of green, cloudy water and the water line, the maintenance of swimming pool water is obligatory. Inflatable pools, tubular pools, above-ground swimming pools and inground pools are all regularly and periodically maintained: even pond water must be maintained and analyzed regularly with a water control kit.
Pool analysis determines the level of disinfectant, pH, hardness and alkalinity . A friendly reminder, water with a pH (hydrogen potential) greater than 7 is referred to as basic and acid when less than 7.
Water control kit
How to maintain the water of its swimming pool?
Different cleaning products are available to improve and maintain the quality of pool water. All these products can counteract the results of the water analysis, the crucial phase that exposes the imbalances. Pool water maintenance should be regular and can either be manual or automatic, thanks to water treatment devices that continuously analyze the water.
Disinfection is assured by chlorine, bromine and PMHB - the last two are less common. Chlorine is generated from salt and introduced into the pool water by a feeder or tablets. Chlorine can be slow, multi action or what's referred to as shock.Algaecides are used to combat green water. Refilling water also implicates the addition of active oxygen or hydrogen pyroxide, especially effective after the winter.
Why clean your pool?
To benefit from clear water, protect from external pollution, prevent premature wear of coatings such as liner, concrete or tile and because it's much easier to routinely clean the pool than have to empty it each time!
Cleaning your pool after the winter is also essential. Above ground pool, inground pool, wooden or plastic, all need a good cleaning after the cold months. A swimming pool shelter, a winter or swimming pool cover can save you a bit of cleaning. No matter what, the pool and the liner will not escape the appearance of a water line and suicidal insects!
Protecting your pool from the elements is one thing, but believing that you can clean your pool with a pressure water clearner is something else!
How to clean your above ground or inground pool ?
Different equipment is needed to assure the routine and daily pool cleaning. Highly recommended, cleaning the swimming pool naturally is absolutely possible, the opposite being true of veaning with acids, which is strongly discouraged: hydrochloric acid is not to be used in a swimming pool, even for the skimmers !
The skimmer is essential for removing surface pollution from the pool wanter. Then, it's time to clean using a pool vacuum or even a pool robot, either automatic or semi-automatic, which is much more practical due to its autonomous nature. The water line, traces of residue marking the limit of the water on the liner, is to be cleaned with a water line brush, similar to a sponge. The use of specially designed cleaners for liners or coatings can often make this chore easier. The walls and the bottom are also cleaned with brushes.
Skimmers, filters and pumps should also be regularly cleaned. The cycle starts with the skimmers skimming the surface of the water and aspirating the impurities to the pump which after filtration, pumps the water back into the basin.
Covers, hidden covers, tarps, shelters and borders should be cleaned as well; The use of a high-pressure washer facilitates the removal of dirt. In order to preserve the product as much as possible, a low-abrasive quality product is highly recommended.
Products for cleaning and maintaining your pool
Product to clean your pool
Product to maintain its swimming pool
Skimming net; Water line brush;
Pool vacuum; Automatic robot
Hydraulic or electric;
Bottom brush; Wall brush
Chlorine; Slow chlorine; Shock Chlorine;
Multi-action chlorine ; Bromine;
PHMB; Anti-algae or algaecide;
Hydrogen peroxide or active oxygen; PH regulator; anti limestone ;
Iron remover; Alkalinity corrector;
Green line cleaning products;
Analysis kit; Electronic water tester
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Guide written by:
Sébastien, Rédacteur, Puy-de-Dôme, 316 guides
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