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Easy steps to get your pool sparkling for summer

Published on: 04 September 2015

Easy steps to get your pool sparkling for summer

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to make sure that your pool is sparkling clean. Here are a few basic pointers on how to care for your pool.

Back to basics

  • Keep your pool covered when it’s not in use so that leaves cannot drop into it and so that evaporation is reduced.
  • Buy a good chemical test kit in order to test the pH of your swimming pool water. Test the pH daily (or more often in hot, sunny weather when the pool is in heavy use) The pH reading using the phenol red test should be between 7.2 and 7.6 (or as near to the average 7.4 as possible)
  • To raise the pH, add soda ash (sodium carbonate) as per the instructions on the container until the correct reading is obtained
  • To lower the pH, add 100g of dry acid (sodium bisulphate) as per the instructions on the container until the correct reading is obtained. When adding the dry acid, disperse it over as wide an area of the pool as possible
  • Floating canisters of chlorine are the easiest means by which to ensure adequate supplies of chlorine, as they are maintenance free. The canister will normally last for about three weeks to a month and it floats on its side when the chlorine runs out. All you have to do is remove it from your pool and put another one in
  • Keep a container of dry acid handy, ready for those shock treatments that will probably be needed just before or after a downpour, and every so often when the pool is being used virtually every day. Remember to keep it away from your pets and children!

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