Healthy Swimming Pool
Keeping a healthy swimming pool in pristine healthy condition with regularity for use anytime with confidence is a fine art and takes effort. You may have the inclination to maintain your pool however you should be a busy person who neglects maintenance or does not adhere to management programs with regimented diligence you may be putting your family’s health at risk.
Swimming pool maintenance includes identifying sources of contamination and implementing strategies to decrease the risk ratio: Did you know that the biggest contributors to water contamination are people swimming. Secondary forms of contaminations include allowing domestic animals to swim in the waters, dead fauna and flora which if left unattended will impact on your water quality.
The Big Five keys to water and pool quality include;
- Chlorination or salt water alternatives
- pH level
- Alkalinity (TA)
- Calcium hardness
Filtration – the process of removing undesirable chemicals and contaminants from the water source leading to clean health water
Chlorination or Salt Water alternatives – Chlorine levels need to adjusted and maintained at just the right levels if too severe it can cause irritation to eyes and if allowed to fall to low then bacteria, microbes and other contaminants can breed to dangerous and unhealthy levels.
pH Level – Your waters pH levels needs to be maintained between set parameters regardless of whether your pool is chlorine or salt water. The pH scale runs from 0 to 14 with 7 being neutral. Optimum pH levels according to Australian Standards 3633 should be in the ranges of 7.2 to 7.8 providing maximum protection for humans from harmful bacteria and microbes.
If you pH level is allowed to vary or sit below 7 for too long it may lead to damage of the pool equipment.
Total Alkalinity (TA) – According to Australian Standard 3633 the measure of bi-carbonates known as total alkalinity should be between the operating ranges of 60 to 200 parts per million (PPM). Low TA will lead to corrosion, erosion and staining of surface materials and causes instability in pH levels.
Calcium Hardness – this refers to the levels of dissolved minerals such as calcium sodium and magnesium in the pool waters. Recommended level ranges are between 200 and 400 ppm. If the level is too high or low it can cause issues to your pool and its equipment which can be quite expensive to repair.
If you feel that you are unable to maintain a healthy swimming pool at acceptable standards that would allow you to safely permit the family to enjoy your pool, then a regular pool maintenance management program designed and implemented on a regular basis by your local pool experts, Cozy Pool and Spa Care is a sure thing.