Checklist to Inspect Your Outdoor Swimming Pool Condition
Building outdoor swimming pools, either indoor or outdoor are great investment to relax, sport, enhance home and yard beauty. But to keep its good looking and healthy condition for everybody, outdoor swimming pools need regularly maintenance. Bad maintenance swimming pool will cause eyes feel hurt, skin felt dry and swimming pool water look turbid.
Color and odor
Look at your outdoor swimming pool water color, take water and feel the odor with your nose. Good water is clean and clear. If you water start to change become black, green and brown and you feel frowsy odor, its first indication that your water is dirty and full of algae and bacterial.
All outdoor swimming pools water need be circulated regularly for 24-72 hours. This way to keep water freshness, reduce dirt , supply oxygen, keep water clarity and healthy. Swimming pool with clean water look good. Your pump must able to handle this task, specially if your swimming pool is large with amount of water volume. Always check filter condition and replace with new filter when you find your filter can not do well to remove small particle like sand.
Test pH regularly
Best pH range for swimming pool is 7.6-7.8. Keep your outdoor swimming pool water in this range. Buy pH testing kit to test water pH. There are two issues related to pH testing. Above 7.8, your water are in alkaline condition. It can cause bacteria growth and increase dirt attacking to pipe and swimming pool wall. While for pH under 7.6, in can cause chlorine decreasing and stimulate corrosion.
Clean from debris
Potential dirt for all outdoor swimming pools are debris. It can be found on water surface and swimming pool basin. Use net to clean floating debris and underwater vacuum to clean debris. It’s good to turn on your underwater vacuum at night when your family don’t use this swimming pool. Next morning when you wake up, you will find your swimming pool much clearer.
Chlorine, alkalinity and calcium hardness
You need to add chlorine into your swimming pool. Acceptable chlorine range level is 1-3 ppm. Chlorine is needed to kill every contaminant organics. Less chlorine level cause corrosion and increasing of contamination by organics. Keep alkalinity level in range 80-120 ppm. Under 80 ppm cause equipment destruction and above 120 ppm will make you difficult when you will need to reduce its level.
Yearly monitor calcium hardness at your swimming pool. Calcium cause accumulation of deposit or dirt, corrosion and water look turbid. Common level for calcium hardness is 150-250 ppm.