How to Maintain a Pool in Hot Weather

The average swimming pool is like a jungle with all kinds of plants and animals in it, only that you can’t see them with the naked eye. Hot weather warms the water which makes it very friendly for the growth of micro-organisms. Skimming and filtering the water removes the visible dirt but does not make the water germ-free. Pool builder says that keeping a pool clean in hot weather should be a constant chore as it is more in use during this season, which introduces a heavier load of dead skin, hairs and sweat into the pool all of which further feed these microorganisms.

Chemical cleaning

Chemical cleaning is preferred by many pool owners as it is easy and affordable. The main chemicals used in making these chemical pool cleaners are Chlorine and bromine. Chemical cleaning products can be easily purchased from any pool supply Elk grove store.

These chemicals work by making the water slightly acidic which changes the environment in which microorganisms can thrive. These products come in the form of pellets or powder. Applying chemical cleaning agents is easy and can be done by submerging directly into the water. For more uniform application, dispensers are used. Alternatively, these products can be placed in floaters for more gradual application.

The main disadvantage of chemical cleaning agents is that they are irritating to skin, eyes and nose. Some people with sensitive skin have bad reactions after swimming in chemically treated water. Respiratory problems are also routinely reported.

Non-chemical cleaning

Non-chemical cleaning methods are more expensive to put in place but make the water friendlier for swimming. Some of these non-chemical cleaning methods are:

  • UV cleaning – Ultra Violet rays in the water cause adverse changes in the structure of microorganisms, killing them off. UV units are placed next to the filtration pump such that the water is radiated as it is passing through.
  • Ozone cleaners – Ozone cleaning units pump ozone molecules in the water causing heavy oxygenation and physiological structures in microorganisms, killing them off. Ozone cleaners are very effective but very expensive to install.
  • Ionizer cleaners – Ionizers are units that introduce ions in the water with the help of oppositely charged poles of copper and zinc. The ions latch onto the microorganism causing physiological damage.

Whatever pool cleaning method you choose, remember that it is imperative that the pool is cleaned at least once a week. An above ground pool is smaller and easier to clean but accumulates dirt and debris faster if there are many people using it. Keeping it clean helps avoid nasty effects such as skin disease.

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