Water Chemistry for Swimming Pools

Proper water chemistry is essential to maintaining safe and consistent swimming pool operation. Chemicals used in swimming pools include: Disinfectants to destroy harmful or otherwise objectionable organisms; Alkalinity and pH Adjusters to maintain a consistent acid-base relationship and acid buffering capacity; Chlorine Stabilizer to prevent unnecessary loss of chlorine; Algicide to kill and prevent algae, and Filter Aids to help remove foreign material. Following is a discussion of various factors which affect water chemistry, how they affect swimming pools and how to use pool chemicals to restore a properly balanced water chemistry.

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Swimming Pool Cover Removal

Have your pool cover free of water and debris. The most important thing you can do in order to facilitate the opening process is to have your pool cover as free of water and debris as possible.  Although we are equipped to remove large or small amounts of water and debris from covers, the time to open a pool is significantly reduced if the cover surface is clean and dry.

Do not mistakenly pump water from the pool. If you decide to remove water from the pool cover, be careful that you do not mistakenly pump water from the pool itself.  It has been our experience that light weight poly covers can allow a minimal exchange of water between the pool cover surface and the pool itself.  Also, a minor hole in the cover can allow a much greater exchange of water.  When pumping water from the cover, we strongly recommend that the water level on top of the cover be monitored closely to avoid pumping a large amount of water from underneath the cover.  Resecuring the cover to make it more taut  when the water on top of the cover is reduced can help eliminate erroneous removal of  pool water.

A Helpful Hint: If the area that you are pumping the water to is lower than the level of the pool cover, you can start a siphon by running the pump for a few minutes until water starts flowing and then turning the pump off.  Once the siphon is started, water  will continue to flow even though the pump is not running.  As above, we recommend that you monitor the water level on top of the cover to avoid removing water from the pool.

For more information call Palm Tree Pools today.

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