More on Keeping Your Pool Clean
3 Additional Ideas
for Keeping Your
Pool Maintained and
Your Water Clear and Clean . . .
Ideas for Sparkling, Clean Pools
Keep Metal Out!
and iron can get in the pool through a variety of ways. One source of
copper (and other metals) is well water. Consequently, use it wisely
and if you use it, test your water for metals fairly regularly.
Copper can also come
from corroded copper fittings on your plumbing lines. Again, corrosion
is a result of improper pH.
Lastly copper can
come from a copper heat exchanger in your pool, if you have one.
you get any metal in the pool, you will want to treat for metals
quickly. Metals can stain pool surfaces, which can be even more costly
to fix. A pool liner stained an ugly color of brown is going to be
quite an eyesore, and might potentially require the liner to be
replaced in order to fix it entirely. You can treat your pool with Metal-Free,
if you ever show a positive test for metals. Or if you use well water,
I recommend adding some Metal-Freeon
a regular basis.
Purchase Your Pool Chemicals Wisely
Buy your balancing chemicals and sanitizer in bulk. You can buy almost
any chemical in fairly large amounts over at InTheSwim.
save the most money on pool chemicals if you buy them in bulk. If you
buy chlorine, get the sticks (or hockey puck shapes) and shock in as large containers as you can
handle, often 50# and 100# respectively.
balancing chemicals you can get in bulk - total alkalinity (sodium
bicarbonate) can be purchased in 50# bags and the same for calcium. The
professional pool cleaners almost certainly get their chemicals like
this, and you can save some money by doing so, too. However, store your
chemicals in a dry place, and don't
keep them too close to each other. You NEVER
want to mix chemicals except in the pool.
the Pool Water Yourself???
have your balancing chemicals, you can test your own water. Or, you can
test your water and then buy whatever is needed.
testing equipment can either be test strips or the liquid testing system.
equipment can run the gamut from simple test strips to more advanced
equipment and software.
you purchase the software, you simply put your test results
tell it what size pool you have and it will tell you how much of what
to add. While these software packages cost something to begin, you will
end up saving plenty of money in the long run, since most pool places
will either insist you buy some chemicals from them, or charge you for
get essentially the same results at home for less money.
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