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What is the proper chlorine level for the pool?

As we know, it is essential to maintain the cleanliness of your pool. Being knowledgeable of the basic steps to keep the space free of pathogens, helps you to enjoy the pool with a peace of mind. Here in this article, we will share key knowledge needed to help maintain the beauty of your pool.

Sometimes a normal dose of chlorine will not solve your cleanliness issues. You will have to shock the water, which means adding a large amount of chlorine to destroy all the bacteria and organic debris in the pool. If it’s been a while since the pool has been cleaned, or just filled in general then it’s a good idea to do this first prior to swimming, so that the chlorine can do its job.

Be aware that it is good to wait at least 8 hours before using the pool after a chlorine shock is completed, because of hygiene and to practice safety measures. As a pool owner you should shock your swimming pool every 1 or 2 weeks. The pH level in the water should be measured, after all this, to know if it’s at the correct level in order to enter the pool.

Chlorine does lose its effectiveness in acidic water. A PH between 7,2 and 7,6 is ideal. If the PH is high, muriatic acid is added in the deepest part of the pool while the pump is in operation so that the compound circulates quickly, and the pH can be re-calculated in about 6 hours. You should be aware not to lower the levels too fast.

Add the chlorine when the water is ready. Chlorine for swimming pools is normally sold in tablets or bars that can be placed in floating or automatic troughs. Avoid tablets that crumble. The ones that are of good quality will dissolve at a more or less uniform rate, and become prolonged smaller but keep their shape. Note that this is important if you use a floating chlorinator.

Automatic chlorine dispensers will do the job of dosing the precise amounts of chlorine into the pool automatically. No matter what system is used for adding chlorine, the chlorine level must remain between 1 and 3 parts milligrams per liter (mg/L) for a healthy/clean swimming pool. Any level higher than that may risk eye irritation for pool users. There should be a slight chlorine odor. A strong chlorine odor is a signal that accumulated contaminants need to be removed.

Consistency in this process is the most important thing. It is good to check the ph levels every 2 to 3 days, as this measurement will affect how well the chlorine disinfects the pool. Chlorine is neutralized when it interacts with contaminants or sunlight. Keeping consistency with testing your pool water will make it easy to detect changes and correct them quickly.

Remember that you can rely on getting useful advice pertaining to cleaning issues from experienced pool builders or pool cleaning companies. If you, as a homeowner, are going to be the one who is performing these procedures, you should know the exact measurements and calculations in order not to prevent a mistake, and have a swimmable pool. The chemical formulas are simple, but if you have doubts, it is good to keep yourself knowledgable to avoid accidents.

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