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Swimming Pool Chemical Guide: Keep Your Water Safe

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Written by Tracey and published on https://www.tlbpools.co.za/.

Swimming pool owners enjoy crystal-clear water with minimal work. Fortunately, simply by using the right chemicals and following a structured pool maintenance plan, it’s easy to keep swimming pool water sparkling clean and free of contaminants. This swimming pool chemical guide provides pool owners with step-by-step instructions on how to use pool chemicals to achieve and maintain clean water that will extend the life of pool equipment while providing a pleasant and healthy swimming environment.

Swimming Pool Chemical guide to Keeping Pool Water Safe and Healthy

Swimming pool owners enjoy crystal-clear water with minimal work. Fortunately, simply by using the right chemicals and following a structured pool maintenance plan, it’s easy to keep swimming pool water sparkling clean and free of contaminants. This swimming pool chemical guide provides pool owners with step-by-step instructions on how to use pool chemicals to achieve and maintain clean water that will extend the life of pool equipment while providing a pleasant and healthy swimming environment.

Using swimming pool chemicals to properly maintain pool water involves five simple steps:

  1. Balancing pH.
  2. Sanitising.
  3. Shocking.
  4. Clarifying and algae control.
  5. Periodic cleaning and maintenance.

Step 1: Balancing pH in Swimming Pool Water

Pool water balancing involves maintaining correct levels of the water’s pH, calcium hardness and total alkalinity. This step is an important part of overall swimming pool maintenance as unbalanced water can reduce the effectiveness of pool sanitisers. When sanitisers are not performing properly, pathogens and other potentially harmful contaminants may remain in the water, posing a risk to the health of swimmers. Unbalanced pool water can also cause corrosion of pool equipment, staining and eye and skin irritation.

Swimming pool chemicals used to balance pool water include:

  • pH increaser and pH reducer
  • alkalinity increaser
  • calcium hardness increaser
  • pH Increaser/pH Reducer

The ideal pH range of swimming pool water is 7.4 ppm to 7.6 ppm. If your pool’s pH level is below 7.4, then you will need to add pH increaser. The active ingredient in pH increaser is soda ash or sodium carbonate. By raising the pH of swimming pool water, pH increaser reduces the water’s acidity. During ongoing pool maintenance, the required dosage of our pH increaser will depend on the water’s current pH level. However, the recommended initial dosage of our pH increaser is 1 pound per 45000 litres.

If, on the other hand, your pool’s pH level is above 7.6, then you will require the use of pH reducer. Containing granular sodium bisulphate, a pH reducer will lower the pH level to correct water conditions and improve the effectiveness of other chemicals. The recommended initial dosage of pH reducer is 6 ounces per 45000 litres.

Alkalinity Increaser
The alkalinity level of swimming pool water indicates the amount of alkaline material present in the water. Low total alkalinity can cause rapid and seemingly random changes of pH levels and can therefore decrease the effectiveness of sanitising chemicals while also causing irritation to swimmers and metal corrosion. As a rule, you will use alkalinity increaser when your pool’s pH level drops below 7.4 or when the total alkalinity drops below 80 ppm. Alkalinity increaser is available in granular form and contains sodium bicarbonate as its active ingredient. As for the dosage, 700 g of alkalinity increaser per 45000 liters will raise alkalinity by approximately 10 ppm.

Calcium Hardness Increaser
The calcium hardness level of your pool water is an indication of how much dissolved calcium is present in the water. A low level of calcium hardness, which is anything below 150 ppm, results in corrosive water. Calcium hardness increaser contains granular calcium chloride and a dosage of 2 kg per 45000 litres will increase your pool’s calcium hardness level by approximately 40 ppm.

Step 2: Sanitising

Pool water sanitisation is essential to maintaining healthy water as sanitising chemicals will eradicate unwanted contaminants which could otherwise cause cloudy water or transmit illnesses to swimmers. The two swimming pool sanitisers most commonly used by pool owners are chlorine and bromine. While both of these chemicals effectively kill bacteria, fungi, viruses and other contaminants, there are certain differences between the chemicals which will likely have an impact on which chemical pool owners choose to use.

To begin with, chlorine and bromine differ in the sense that bromine can function effectively over a wider pH range & is more effective than chlorine at higher water temperatures. While bromine breaks down much faster in sunlight than chlorine (more bromine than chlorine will need to be added to an outdoor pool), bromine tends to be less irritating to skin and eyes and is therefore the preferred choice for some pool owners. Bromine dissolves much more slowly than chlorine and must be added to the pool water through an automatic chemical feeder. Chlorine, on the other hand, can simply be added manually. The recommended level for bromine concentration in the water is 3.0 – 5.0 ppm, the recommended level for chlorine is 1.0 – 3.0 ppm.

Step 3: Shocking

The purpose of pool water shocking is to remove organic debris such as swimmer waste and perspiration from the water. This can be achieved using chlorine-based shock or chlorine free shock. Either way, shocking provides pool water with a high dose of an oxidizing agent which will destroy bacteria and other organic contaminants to leave the water clean and clear. The amount of pool shock required will depend on the size of your pool and the type of shocking chemical you are using. It’s important to always read the product instructions prior to use.

Step 4: Clarifying and Algae Control

Algae blooms can be a troublesome problem for many pool owners. Some algae species float on the surface of pool water while others attach to pool walls or floors. In either case, algae can cause cloudy and unsightly water that nobody will want to swim in. Fortunately, there are a variety of pool algaecides available that are designed to effectively kill and prevent the growth of many different types of algae. Available algaecides include non-foaming products as well as natural and non-toxic formulas designed to enhance the oxidizing power of chlorine-based shock treatments. Clarifying will also help to achieve clean, crystal-clear pool water by aiding the filtration of particles suspended in the water. By causing fine particles to attach to each other to form larger particles, swimming pool clarifiers allow the suspended particles to be trapped and filtered out of the water by the pool’s filtration system. In this way, pool clarifiers transform cloudy water into sparkling clear water.

Step 5: Periodic Cleaning and Maintenance

Once you have completed all of the above steps, your pool water will be ready for swimming. However, it’s important to continue with periodic cleaning and water balancing to ensure that your swimmers always have a healthy and clean aquatic environment. Dirt and debris can be removed through the use of a swimming pool vacuum while weekly use of a pool water test kit will tell you which chemicals need to be added to maintain balanced and sanitised pool water.

 

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How to Ensure Clean Your Own Pool

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Written by Kilian Allen and published on https://www.bunnings.com.au/.

Summer days can make the blue cool waters of a swimming pool look very inviting. But before you take the plunge, keep in mind that these pools may not be as clean as you think they are.WAIT. Dirty swimming pools? You heard right. You’d be surprised how much yucky stuff is found in a swimming pool, whether it’s a public pool or the pool you own. Things like pee, poop, sweat and dirt can all make their way into a pool. But don’t start draining the water just yet. This article will shed some light on how dirty a pool can get and the preventative measures you can take to ensure your watery haven is safe and sanitary.

How to maintain your pool

Keeping your pool looking good doesn’t have to be hard work. Regular maintenance once a week will make sure your pool is ready to swim in, when you want to. We’ll show you how to keep your pool clean, what things you’ll need, and how to check your chemical levels.

Tools and materials

Tools

  • Leaf scooper

Materials

  • Chlorine
  • Pool brush
  • Pool hose
  • Pool salt
  • Pool testing kit
  • Pool vacuum

Steps

1. Scoop leaves out of the pool

If leaves are left to settle at the bottom of your pool for too long, they’ll break down and stain the bottom of your pool. Simply scoop them out when they’re floating on the surface. This will also make vacuuming the pool much easier.

2. Brush the pool

After scooping the leaves, brush the floor and sides of your pool. Regular brushing prevents algae, removes dirt and keeps the pool surface smooth to ensure a long lasting finish. Have the pump running when you brush, so that any debris will be pulled into the filter, and removed from the water.

3. Vacuum the pool

Even after scooping out the leaves, there’ll still be debris left in the pool. Connect the pool vac and give it a thorough clean. This shouldn’t take too long and will leave your pool looking great.

4. Test your pool water

To keep your pool healthy to swim in, check the chemical levels in it once a week. Back wash the filter before you carry out the tests. There are several pool test kits that tell your pH and chlorine levels. Follow the instructions on the kits to conduct the tests and add the recommended amount of acid or chlorine.

5. Adding chlorine to the pool

If you need to add chlorine, there are several ways of doing it. There are liquid chlorines, powdered chlorines and chlorine tablets. The tablets make it easy to add chlorine to the pool. Simply drop the tablet into the dispenser, put the lid on and let it float in the pool. For the other chlorines, follow the instructions on their packages.

6. Tip for salt water pools

If you have a salt water pool and it’s been raining heavily, turn your filter off. Fresh rainwater is lighter than the salt water in your pool so it will sit on the surface. This means the rainwater will be drawn in through your filter and dilute your salt water and you will then have to add more chemicals.

 

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Calcium Buildup In Your Pool

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Written by Admin and published on https://www.layorcare.com/.

Jumping into a nice, cool pool provides a great escape from the summer heat. However, swimming in a dirty pool can put a damper on the fun and keep people out of the pool. Stains occur naturally in a pool and require regular maintenance to keep them out. Sometimes, it can be fairly easy to get rid of stains, but other times, those hard-to-remove spots can take a bit more than a simple scrub. Pool stains on the wall or floor of a swimming pool can be caused by metals in the pool water, or by an organic material left in the pool. Your first clue to diagnosing a pool stain is to check out it’s color.

What to Do if Your Pool has Calcium Buildup

Calcium buildup happens to every pool at one point or another. We’re going to tell you what to do to get rid of the buildup so your family can get back to summerfun in the pool.

calcium buildup

If you see a layer of white or greyish-white grime on the sides of your pool around the waterline, that’s calcium.

Calcium can build up in your pool water when the pH levels are off and leave deposits on your pool tiles. It’s similar to what happens in your bathroom sink, toilet or bathtub.

If this happens, it needs to be taken care of right away. Calcium deposits aren’t going to go away on their own. If not removed, they can make your pool unswimmable.

It’s not easy, but you can clean up calcium deposits. However, the steps you need to take aren’t the same as removing calcium and lime from your bathroom.

Read on to learn more about how to identify calcium buildup, removing calcium deposits, and getting your pool water back to the right levels so your family can get back to swimming in your pristine pool.

Identifying Calcium Buildup

There are two types of calcium compounds that form in pool water and create scaling–calcium carbonate and calcium silicate. Both are caused by a pH imbalance. Your pool should be at a pH between 7.4 and 7.6.

If you have calcium carbonate in your pool water, it forms white flaky scales. It’s pretty easy to remove.

Calcium silicate, on the other hand, which is white-grey, is harder to remove. It takes longer to form, so by the time you see buildup on the sides of your pool, you probably also have buildup elsewhere, like in the pipes and filtration system. If this happens, you might need to hire a professional.

If you’re not sure what kind of calcium scaling you have, you can test the deposit. Place a few drops of muriatic acid on a sample. If the deposit reacts by foaming, it’s calcium carbonate. If there’s no foaming reaction, then it’s calcium silicate.

Lowering the Calcium

The first thing you’ll want to do is remove calcium from pool water. For this, you’ll need to partially drain your pool. The optimal calcium level is 200-400 ppm. A higher ppm causes deposits on the surface and cloudy water.

Then refill the pool adjusting the alkalinity. When you retest the pool water, the alkalinity should be lower.

It’s also a good idea to keep the chlorine levels at 2-3 ppm, especially as the weather heats up.

Adjusting the pH

The next step is to get your pool to the right pH and alkalinity.

If your pH levels are higher than optimal, then that means it’s basic. The water is over-saturated and wants to deposit excess material. In most cases, this deposit is calcium. So you want to add acid to balance it out.

Test the pool pH using a phenol red solution. It will turn different colors, depending on the pH of the water.

If the water is high, the add pool acid, a little at a time. Don’t add too much in hopes that you’ll adjust the water level quickly. This can make the pH swing in the other direction.

Typically, you should add 1 gallon of pool acid per 10,000 gallons of water. Then retest after 12 hours and make
adjustments as needed.

Once the pool water is at the correct pH, then you can get started at removing the calcium buildup.

Removing Calcium Carbonate

The best ways to remove calcium carbonate is to use a calcium releaser/cleaner, preferably an acid-free product, so it doesn’t ruin the finish of the pool tile or glass.

Next, you can try using a pumice stone or scale remover. What you use depends on your pool’s surface.

If you have tile or concrete, a pumice stone is perfect for removing scaling. It’s important that you keep both the pumice stone and the surface wet to prevent scratching.

You can also use a commercial stain eraser to remove calcium carbonate. Stain erasers make removing calcium carbonate deposits easy. They’re designed for specific areas and have an attachment to make it easier to reach areas.

If your pool surface is fiberglass, then you’ll want to use a scaling treatment. Most scaling treatments are safe for any pool surface. The treatment is added to the pool water. Over several weeks the deposits are slowly dissolved until completely gone. There’s no scrubbing involved.

Removing Calcium Silicate

Calcium silicate deposits are removed with a pumice stone and a whole lot of scrubbing. However, you can only use a pumice stone on tile or concrete. If you have a fiberglass pool, a pumice stone will scratch.

Your other option is to then use a professional calcium remover. It will dissolve the deposits.

You should first test the product to make sure that it doesn’t scratch or discolor the surface. With stubborn scales, you may have to reapply the remover several times until the surface is free of all scales.

Preventing Further Calcium Buildup

A great and easy way to prevent calcium buildup is by applying a calcium prohibitor or blocker to the pool tiles or glass. This protects your pool tiles and glass and helps maintain the longevity of your pool looking great longer.

Another great way to prevent calcium buildup is by maintaining proper pH balance in your pool water. You should test the water regularly, and make sure that the pH level is between 7.4 and 7.6. Keeping the pH from going basic or alkaline will prevent calcium levels from getting too high which causes deposits and scaling.

You may want to install a pool cover. This will prevent too much evaporation. As the water levels are reduced, calcium and other minerals become more concentrated.

Finally, you can remove calcium with a reverse osmosis water treatment.

Enjoy Your Summer

Don’t let calcium buildup prevent you from having a great summer. Be proactive and test and maintain your pool water regularly.

As summer approaches, if you notice murky water or scaling on the side of your pool, don’t wait to treat it.

You have a swimming pool in your backyard because you want your family and friends to enjoy it. The last thing you want is to have embarrassing calcium scaling or have the pool off-limits for weeks because the buildup has gone too far.

Yes, maintaining a pool is hard work. But if you take all these steps, you’re sure to have an enjoyable and carefree summer lounging around your swimming pool.

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Great Ways To Use Your Swimming Pool Year-Round!

By | Pool Safety

Written by Nicholas Tan and published on http://www.articlesfactory.com/

People often think of swimming as a Summer activity and a way to cool off in the scorching hot months. However, we are so excited to tell you that when you build a beautiful backyard oasis, it can be used in numerous ways throughout the entire year! You heard that right! All four seasons and twelve months long full of activities and enjoyment! Let’s review the benefits and opportunities for owning a pool’s backyard!

Swimming Pools: Enjoying Your Pool Year Round

The beauty and relaxation provided by a swimming pool is nothing short of spectacular.  On a hot day, a pool can be a blessing.  On the other hand, a swimming pool can also be a headache if it isn’t cared for properly.  Swimming pools require a lot of maintenance, including time and money.  No matter what type of pool you have, you’ll need to perform regular maintenance on it.

The beauty and relaxation provided by a swimming pool is nothing short of spectacular.  On a hot day, a pool can be a blessing.  On the other hand, a swimming pool can also be a headache if it isn’t cared for properly.  Swimming pools require a lot of maintenance, including time and money.  No matter what type of pool you have, you’ll need to perform regular maintenance on it.

By owning a swimming pool, you assume the task of keeping your pool clean and safe for yourself and anyone who swims in it.  Maintaining your pool doesn’t have to be a hard task or consume a lot of time, if you know what you are doing.  If you follow the advice of a professional and perform regular maintenance on your pool, you’ll keep it healthy year round.

To put it bluntly, you should check on your chemical balance from time to time, and make sure that the water is safe for swimming.  You’ll need to ensure that you keep debris out of your pool, and that the water remains healthy.  If you filter your water on a frequent basis, you can keep the chemicals moving about and keep the water safe for swimming.

The weather outside and how often you use your pool will greatly contribute to the condition of your water.  If you don’t have your chemicals balanced properly, the sun can quickly turn your water to a green, musty color.  If you live in an area that is known for hot weather, you’ll need to make sure that you keep your chemicals properly balanced at all times.

A swimming pool will naturally attract leaves, insects, dust, hair, and other forms of debris.  No matter what you do about it, you can never prevent things from getting in your water.  If you don’t clean your pool on a regular basis, the pollutants that get in the water can lead to bacteria and algae, which will quickly destroy your water.  If you sanitize and clean your pool on a regular basis, you’ll help to keep it clean and free from bacteria and algae buildup.

If you don’t have the time to clean your pool yourself, you can always leave it to a professional.  Professional pool cleaners don’t come cheap, although they will clean your water and your pool, and ensure that your chemicals are properly balanced.  You can schedule a time for a cleaner to do his job, normally once a week or so.  Once you have started using a professional, you may find his services great and never want to go back to cleaning your pool yourself.  With the help of a professional – you can rest assured that your pool will stay clean year round.

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Best Upgrades to Consider for Your Swimming Pool Renovation

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Written by Nancy Whitman and published on http://www.articlesfactory.com/

Making a decision to renovate a swimming pool is not an easy task, but the recent advancement of swimming pool technology makes renovations well worth your while. Homeowners can now transform an old, troublesome pool into a luxury swimming pool, with every possible amenity, that runs smoother than it ever did. Unfortunately, many people settle for their existing pool because they do not receive adequate information regarding the possibilities of a pool renovation. Maybe they simply underestimate the transformative possibilities of renovating an existing pool. Don’t be intimidated by the task of renovating your pool with the latest industry trends.

Swimming Pool Renovation Ideas – Best Upgrades to Consider for Your Swimming Pool

You have a swimming pool that you and your family enjoy very much. But now it is time for an upgrade, a pool renovation, or just a change to your backyard and swimming pool. 

The problem is that you might not have any ideas about what to do with the swimming pool to renovate it and to make it look new and fresh again. But this isn’t something that you need to worry about. With this guide, you will be able to get some great upgrades and renovation ideas that you can consider for your swimming pool and deck area. You have a swimming pool that you and your family enjoy very much. But now it is time for an upgrade, a pool renovation, or just a change to your backyard and swimming pool.

Adding lights inside and around your pool

If you have a tight budget, but you are still looking for a couple of changes, this is something that you can consider. To add some lights inside and outside your pool. This is going to make the deck area so much better and it will be an invitation to go swimming during the hot summer nights as well.

You can basically add any color light you want. You can make it all one color, or you can change the colors to different colored lights. It depends on your budget and how much lighting you want to have around your pool area.

Putting a roof over the pool with a heating system

For those that have a little bit more money to spend on an upgrade or renovation project around the pool area. This is to put a roof over the pool with a heating system. This is to have a hot water pool. Giving you a great swimming experience throughout the year.

This is also a great option for those that are living in the areas where it isn’t as warm during the summer. This will let you still enjoy your pool, without freezing to death when you are exiting the water. And, you will be able to swim at night, without any problems of getting cold.

New paint of color to the surface of the pool

Another renovation project that isn’t too expensive is to paint the surface of the pool a new color. Who said that the inside of a pool always needs to be blue? Many people are considering painting their pool black as well.

It doesn’t really matter what color you consider for your pool’s surface. The more colorful your pool, the more inviting it will look. Especially if you are always having guests over for sleepovers.

A natural stone waterfall into the pool

When you built your pool, and there were huge stones removed from the ground, you might still have these lying around. Did you know that you can use these stones to create something beautiful?

You can use natural stones and create a waterfall into the pool. Making the pool more natural, and you will have the sound of water running into the pool. You can even design the stone waterfall in such a way, that you can use it to jump into the water. But then you just need to build the natural stone waterfall at the deep-end of the pool.

These are just a couple of ideas of how you can renovate or change your pool area and turn it into something new. These ideas are ideal for both those with a huge budget and for those that don’t have a huge budget at all. You should just look at your pool area and make sure that you see what is missing. What you would like to add to make your pool area even better. Then, you will have some great ideas that you can incorporate to upgrade your pool into the best outdoor space available.

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Sure Ways To Make Your Home Swimming Pool Safe

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Written by Carl Formby and published on http://www.articlesfactory.com/

The greatest way of providing water safety assurance in swimming pools usually comes from practicing and adopting as many water safety measures as realistically possible; this is because you don’t really know which of your safety measures will make a life-saving difference until it does. It is worth mentioning that since no single safety measure is foolproof, it is usually recommended that these safety systems be used in conjunction with each other.

Making Sure Your Pool Is Safe

The various types of various pool safety equipment explained. Find information on swimming pool safety, swimming pool covers, swimming pool fencing, swimming pool alarms and much more.

One of the most basic ways of making your swimming pool safe is to fit a pool fence, which, as the name implies, is simply a fence around the swimming pool which stops any unauthorized person from getting in. Although this is a simple measure to take, it can be very effective, especially in stopping children getting into the pool, since the fence does not need to be that high in order to stop a child from gaining access to the water. There are many different types of swimming pool fence on the market, and they can be fairly inexpensive to fit, especially if a vinyl model is chosen.Many people install a swimming pool, and never really think about how dangerous a place a swimming pool can be, especially to a young child or toddler. However, this is a mistake, and it is a good idea to know exactly how you can make your pool as safe as possible, through the use of pool fences, covers, and pool alarms. This article will look at the various means of making your swimming pool a safe place and look at some of the considerations that need to be borne in mind when you fit a pool safety system.

If a child does manage to get over a pool fence, then there is another barrier of safety that can be employed, and that is a pool cover. A pool cover is simply a sheet, usually made of vinyl, which fits over the surface of the water and can stop any young child from getting into the water. Make sure that any cover is actually a pool safety cover, which means that the pool cover itself can stand a certain amount of weight to be placed on it. If the pool cover is simply to protect the water itself then it may well not be a safety model, and should not be used as a method of stopping a child from falling into the water.

As a final safety measure, it can be a good idea to fit a pool alarm system. Pool alarms can simply mean an alarm on the gate of a pool fence, which will sound if anyone opens the gate. However there are certain types of pool safety alarm which will sound if someone happens to fall in the water, by employing underwater sensors to sound an alarm if the water is disturbed.

One of the easiest ways of making your pool secure is to use a pool fence, but by fitting a pool cover and a pool alarm system you can make your pool as safe as it is possible to be. Take time to look at the various suppliers of pool safety equipment to see the full range of safety equipment that is now available, and then take time to choose carefully in order to make sure that any child who comes close to your swimming pool is kept in safety.

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Factors That Can Affect the Colour of the Water

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Written by Admin and published on https://www.pittsburghbettertimes.com/Whichever type of finish you decide to go with, one of the first things to think about is what colour you want your pool water to be. There are two primary watercolours for your swimming pool, blue and green, and the shades of blue or green are determined by numerous factors. The main determiner for watercolour is the background dye in the finish. If you want green water, the finish should be green, brown or tan. For blue water, the finish should be white, blue, black or grey. Begin making your watercolour selection by coming up with the colour palette you want to achieve. Do you want to see a deep blue, a dark aqua green, or a bright aqua or blue shade?

Factors That Affect Pool Water Colour

When getting a pool for your backyard, there is an endless list of decisions you need to make, and the primary decision you need to make is the pool finish. Did you know the type of finish will affect the colour of the pool? Thus, this is a big decision to the overall look of your dream swimming pool. Predicting the exact colour for the pool might be challenging as many factors affect it, this is from the shape, size, lighting, but you can try to get it as close as possible to the colour you want.

Read on to understand better the factors that affect the pool water colour.

The depth and size of your pool

If you go for a deeper pool, the darker the colour. So if you go for a blue pool, it will become bluer, or if green, you will notice it is greener. But for a small pool, the pool’s colour will be much closer to the finish you had desired.

The background surroundings of the pool and the landscape

The component that you have surrounding the pool will alter the overall colour of the pool. If you have trees and shrubs, this creates an earthy tone background; thus, your pool’s finish might lean more towards green or teal colour.

The amount of sunlight your pool gets

Pools are meant to be in the spotlight of the sun, to offer you that cooling effect as you soak up the sun. Did you know this also alters the colour of the pool? The sun rays bring out the richness of the colours used in the finish; this is due to water refraction, which is responsible for changing the pool colour. As the sun is slowly setting, you will notice the pool colour also has a drastic change, so this means each time you dive into your pool, you will notice the colour changes according to the time of day.

Some artificial coloured water

Now that you know how water colour can change during the day, but how about at night? You probably like taking a deep at night or having pool parties once in a while, so how can you illuminate the beautiful colour finish in your pool? Since sunlight is not a factor, you need to make use of coloured lights in your pool. It gives you the freedom, and a level of control over the pool water colour; these lights are designed underwater to create this beautiful illusion of colour display in your pool.

The chemistry level also affects the pool colour.

We have covered factors that affect the pool colour, assuming that the water is clear, but as you know, pool water is not always clear. If you find your pool is looking greenish or scummy, the ph. Levels are not well balanced. When water gets murky, this is due to algae or some organic material that slowly grows if your pool is not cleaned correctly. To get that sparkling blue colour or green, properly clean your pool.

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The Advantages: Installing In-Ground Concrete Swimming Pools

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Written by Admin and published on https://www.pittsburghbettertimes.com/A swimming pool is an investment that reaps great rewards, both in the value of your home and property, but also in the health and happiness of your family. But what sort of swimming pool should you build? There are three types of inground pools: concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl. Here’s a look at the advantages of a concrete swimming pool.

Everyone dreams of having a beautiful swimming pool in the backyard where one can relax in the evenings or party with friends and family occasionally. There are different types of materials used by pool builders in Toronto for building swimming pools – vinyl, fibreglass and concrete. For those who want to get a permanent pool installed at home, concrete is the best option.

Concrete pools are regaining their popularity among house owners and swimming pool builders because of the several benefits they offer. Here are some of the advantages of installing a concrete pool at home.

Advantages Of In-Ground Concrete Swimming Pools

In-ground concrete swimming pools are one of the oldest designs dating back to ancient civilizations. The pool has stood the test of time and remains the top choice for highly ranked hotels and lavish residential properties. In-ground pools come at a hefty price that is enough to ward off many interested buyers. However, a closer look at the benefits you enjoy from the pool reveals the true value of the installation. Here are some of the advantages that make in-ground swimming pools the go to choice for homes and residential spaces

Size

There is no limit to how big your can build your concrete pool. The design can accommodate deep and extensive pools without compromise to the integrity. In-ground concrete pools are heavily reinforced to ensure they can sustain the weight of the water they hold. Moreover, the pool handles a lot of pressure exerted by soil on the walls. The structural integrity of the swimming pool allows construction to go deep and cover a large area. The only limitations to how big your in-ground concrete pool can be is space and money.

Design Versatility 

In-ground concrete swimming pools offer a wide range of design options. You can customize the pool to any shape. Regular shapes are easier to build but with the right team of professionals, you can customize unique shapes without compromise to the structural integrity. Aside from shape, you can also modify the depth to suit your preference. The pool also accommodates multilevel floor designs creating shallow and deep sections.

For the finishing, concrete swimming pools have three main options; plaster, aggregate and tile.

Plaster is made from white cement, sand, marble aggregate and water. The plaster is applied to the concrete pool structure and levelled. Plaster is inexpensive and has a minimalistic appeal. The material can also be coloured. However, plaster is rough to touch and needs a lot of surface maintenance. The plaster can also stain, crack and etch if the chemistry of the pool water is incorrect.

Aggregate combines cement with pebbles, glass beads or quartz. The finish can either be polished or exposed. Compared to plaster, aggregate finishes last longer and have a softer feel. The only downside is the glass beads fade and discolour over time.

Tile finish is the most versatile and durable option. There are three main types of tiles; glass, porcelain and stone. The tiles are easy to clean and have a unique lustre that looks good in water. However, all these qualities come at a hefty price. Tile is the most expensive finish among the three options.

Additional Fittings

In-ground concrete pools can accommodate different fittings. It’s only an in-ground concrete pool that can have a fountain in its design without any structural compromise. A waterfall can also be fitted in the pool to enhance its aesthetic appeal. Moreover, the ingrouind design makes it easy to install light fixtures in and around the pool.  Another unique fittings that goes well with ingound concrete pools is a jacuzzi. A jacuzzi offers a great relaxation spot and other fittings like a TV screen and fireplace can be installed adjacent to it.

Durability 

There is no question that an in-ground, concrete pool is the most durable swimming pool option. There are archeological sites with concrete pools that date back thousands of years. This is evidence of the strength of the design. Moreover, concrete pools handle repairs well. Any damage can be fixed and the pool will be restored to its original integrity. Maintenance costs for the pool are high, but no other swimming option matches the durability of an in-ground concrete pool.

Despite some of the drawbacks presented by in-ground concrete pools there is no debating that the advantages make it a worthwhile investment.

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Use This Tips To Enhance Your Swimming Pool

By | Pool Safety

Written by Admin and published on https://www.pittsburghbettertimes.com/You’ve been clicking site after site trying to find information on how to make your dream backyard a reality. What you soon realize is that enhancing your swimming pool would take you a million steps in the right direction. Your pool is an essential part of a bigger picture. It is essentially the centerpiece of your outdoor landscape. When it’s in tip-top shape, the rest of your backyard shines.

Therefore, it would help to understand what all you can do to beautify the area and make every day feel like a vacation.

To create a full experience that you can enjoy, add the final touches through landscaping. It can be minimal or maximal and everything in between. Though you may be restricted by the lay of the land, you can still do so much to spruce up the area. For example, add plants that work great near pools, such as vines ornamental grasses, or aromatic flowers that brighten the area.

How To Enhance Your Swimming Pool

Do you ever look at your pool and wonder how to elevate its looks? Maybe your pool has a simple design, or maybe you don’t take care of it as you should. Whatever the reason is, you can improve the way your pool looks. Regardless of your budget, there are things you can do it enhance its appearance. If you’re wondering how to enhance your swimming pool, keep on reading.

Clean Regularly

When you think about how to enhance your swimming pool, you probably think about spending money to do it. If you want to enhance your pool, it starts with maintenance. It’s hard to enhance a pool that isn’t properly maintained. Make sure to clean your pool regularly if you want it to look good. A clean and well-maintained pool looks nice on its own, so adding to it will only enhance it further. If you want to enhance your pool without spending a bunch of money, clean it regularly.

Add Structures

If your pool is all clean but still looks rather drab, consider adding some structures to your pool. You can add a water feature, such as a waterfall or fountain, for example. If you have kids or grandkids, you could add a slide to your pool. If you want to totally transform the look of your pool, consider adding a grotto. There are many reasons to add a grotto to your swimming pool, including its ability to enhance your pool. Adding structures can instantly elevate the look of your pool. Plus, they give your pool a luxurious, resort-like feel.

Use Fun Lighting

If you aren’t interested in making major changes to your pool, try adding some fun lighting. One way to do this is by installing lights inside the pool. This’ll light up the water and allows you to enjoy night swimming. There are many different light options for your pool, including multicolor or color-changing lights. If you don’t want to add lights into the pool, you can still light up the pool area. Consider adding lights along the outside of the pool, for example. You could also hang string lights from the trees. Try to get creative with the lighting by working with your unique backyard setup.

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How to Maintain Your Swimming Pool In A Proper Way

By | Pool Safety
Written by Admin and published on https://www.homoq.com/There is nothing quite like cooling off from the summer heat in your very own swimming pool. If your pool is not properly cared for, however, the water can become unbalanced, green, and overrun with leaves and bugs. The solution, of course, is regular maintenance. Establishing a regular routine of maintenance is vital. Here are a few tips to keep in mind on the subject.

Making sure your water stays balanced is essential. If your pH, alkalinity, and calcium levels are out of whack, this can lead to several undesirable issues. Namely, cloudy water, scale buildup, corrosion, and swimmer skin irritation. Make sure you know where your levels should be at and check to see that they are correct weekly.

How to Properly Maintain your Pool

Maintenance is key to keeping your pool in pristine condition. Some pool owners hire a pool cleaning service while others prefer to do it on their own. Whether you favor the former or the latter, knowing how pool maintenance works is important for any pool owner. That said, we’re going to talk about the ins and outs of swimming pool maintenance to help you keep your pool look as good as new.

Basic Swimming Pool Care

One of the first steps in pool maintenance is cleaning. Pool cleaning can start by skimming the water’s surface of any dirt and debris, usually of dried leaves and twigs and occasionally some dead bugs. Skimming the pool’s water is typically carried out by using a skimmer net attached to a telescopic pole. Scoop up floating dirt and debris before they sink to the bottom of the pool where they can be harder to remove. But in that case, a water tech cordless pool cleaner will come in handy so you don’t have to do the work. Moreover, these debri can decompose underwater and can disrupt the balance of the pool water. Keeping your pool water’s chemistry in check is important, but we’ll get to that in a few. Make sure to dump the collected trash in a bin, so they won’t have to fly back into the water should the wind blow.

After you’re done, remove the skimmer net from the telescopic pole and replace it with a pool brush. This is where you’ll need to put in some work. Start scrubbing the walls of the pool interior, but do it at a slow and steady pace, preferably pushing the brush towards one direction. It’s a trick used by pool cleaning service companies to make sure that the dirt removed when they brush the pool’s walls will be pushed towards a single direction. Brushing in a slow and steady pace will help you keep the water from kicking the dirt back up the water, which could take hours to settle. Pay more attention to the areas frequented by swimmers like the steps and pool entries as they could harbor more dirt and small microorganisms. Finish scrubbing the pool by stroking the floor and pushing the small dust particles from the shallow to the deeper end of the pool.

Now that you’re done brushing, remove the pool brush from the telescopic pole and attach the vacuum head to it. With the pool vacuum set up, give the floor a thorough pass until you’ve collected the dirt that’s settled on the floor.

Pool cleaning companies like Stanton Pools also check the pool’s skimmer and pump baskets to collect trapped dirt and debris. This will help promote better water circulation, which will help the pool pump run in its optimal condition. Stanton Pools also check your pool’s structural integrity and check your pool equipment. Most pool cleaning service companies finish skimming the water’s surface, brushing the pool’s interior, and vacuuming the dirt left behind in about 45 minutes to an hour depending on the size of your pool.

But that’s just the easy part…

Advanced Swimming Pool Care

Now that you’re done with dishing the dirt, you can now check the pool water’s chemistry. Many new pool owners find this task a bit daunting because it deals with measuring chemicals that affect the pool water’s balance followed by adding the necessary amount of chemicals to help keep the water’s chemistry in check. And while it’s a job better left for the pros, it’s definitely not rocket science.

Run to your local hardware store and look for pool water test strips or kits. If you’re using a test strip, here’s what you do. First, grab a small cup. Next, with the cup in hand, reach down the pool water – elbow deep. Slowly raise your hands with the cup full of water. Then take your test strip and dip it in the cup. You’ll have to look at the back of the packaging to see what the changes in the color of the strip means. From here, decide how much of the chemicals are needed to be dumped into the water, from which it will be tested again.

On the other hand, follow these steps if you’re using a test kit. Take a cup and reach out into the pool until the water reaches your elbows. Most test kits include a dropper. Take a sample of the pool water and drop a reasonable amount into the test kit. In the same way, refer to the packaging of the kit to understand what the changes in color mean. Decide how much chemicals you need to put in and test the water again to check the chemistry.

For beginners, this could be a case of trial and error. On that note, it’s best to hire a pool cleaning service company first. You’ll be surprised that some offer professional advice where you can learn a thing or two about finding the right balance for your pool will be helpful.

Why is Pool Cleaning Important?

For pool owners who clean their pools on their own, pool cleaning can look like challenging work. That’s because it is. Pool professionals make it look easy because they’ve been doing it for years and as they say, practice makes perfect. Whether you’re hiring a professional pool cleaning service company or maybe you’re a hands-on type of person, cleaning your pool can help keep it looking beautiful and also help extend its longevity. Plus, nobody wants to swim in a dirty pool.

Why is Pool Water Chemistry Important?

Pool water chemistry plays a huge role in your pool’s overall health. Poor pool water chemistry can cause a slew of problems from cloudy water to the eventual weakening and delamination of your pool’s interior surface. Pool water with bad chemistry can even corrode the metals in your pool equipment and even the pipes you have underground. A lot of work, and money, can be saved by keeping your pool clean and your pool water chemistry in check.

On that note, it pays to hire pool professionals, like the folks at Stanton Pools, or even dedicating time to cleaning and maintaining your pool.

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