Proper pool balance is all about keeping the right pH level in the water. If you do, everything should run smoothly. The correct pH level will keep your pool equipment and your accessories from corroding and any plaster surfaces from etching. It will also prevent scale from forming, which can also damage your pool equipment, cloud the water, and stain surfaces—not to mention reducing eye and skin irritation.
This is all about keeping a proper water level. If it’s too low, it can run your pump dry and possibly burn it up, and if it’s too high, your skimmer door will not work correctly and thus debris will collect in the skimmer. Of course, once you’ve adjusted the appropriate level, be sure to check your chemicals, since the fluctuation will throw them off balance.
Bacteria and algae are unwanted pool contaminants, so be sure to maintain a continuous and correct chlorine level for proper sanitation. Slow-dissolving chlorinating tablets are the easiest to use to keep your water clear and can be utilized in a floating dispenser, automatic chlorinator, or skimmer.
Shocking raises the chlorine levels for a short period of time and is performed by diluting three to five times the normal amount of chlorine into the water. The process of shocking your pool will get rid of unwanted chlorine odor, eliminate cloudy water, and reduce eye irritation. The basic shock products will not only kill bacteria but also break down suntan lotions, perspiration, and other swimmer residues that can’t be filtered out of the water.
Skimming the leaves and debris off the surface of your pool and cleaning all skimmer baskets is easy enough to do, but it must be done daily to maintain a truly pristine pool. Also, a good daily routine includes hosing down the pool area, but in a way that the spray is directed away from the pool to prevent dirt from spilling into the pool. Less frequent, but necessary every couple of weeks, is the task of scrubbing the sides of the pool, which helps to prevent algae build-up.