Homes have several amenities that make them exciting and provide areas for body exercise. One of these places is the swimming pool. This is an important area where the whole family and occasional guests meet for recreation.

How do you maintain your pool?

• Maintaining the pH
Though there are several factors necessary for a functional swimming pool, maintaining the pH is perhaps the primary requirement.PH is the measure of acidity or alkalinity of substance. In this case, water pH should be kept neutral. High pH causes scaling and appearance of cloudy water. Adding muriatic acid lowers the alkalinity whereas a pH decreaser increases the pH.

• Test for chlorine
A pool with sufficient levels of chlorine is free from bacteria, algae and some viruses. Add a shock treatment when the chlorine level is low. A Shock treatment involves adding a high quantity of chlorine, usually five to ten parts per million of the chemical. If the levels are above ten parts per million, allow the chlorine to evaporate naturally.

• Confirm the calcium hardness
Water contains calcium and magnesium that contributes to its hardness. These elements accumulate in pools after evaporation. If calcium hardness is high over 500 parts per million, drain the pool and add water to retain a 250 million parts per million concentrations. Conversely, add calcium hardness increaser when the level is too low.

A pool requires some additional care when certain adverse events like a foul smell, swimmers report burning or red eyes, and in cases of heavy rains or windstorms. These occurrences call for additional shock treatment. Remember this area requires weekly checkup which you can oversee with no need for professional consultation.