Many homeowners dream of having their own pool. The thought of sitting on your patio and relaxing by your very own trouble free pool and grabbing a quick dip anytime you want to without worrying about other people is like a dream come true.
No more visiting fancy resorts or going to the local pool surrounded by people, you can have your own little retreat right in your backyard. This idea is so appealing, what could go wrong?
Having said that, a pool requires regular maintenance so it can last and provide value for your investment. Fortunately, there are a lot of high-quality tips on the Internet about maintaining your swimming pool at home.
Below are some tips for homeowners on how to create and maintain a trouble free pool.
Owning your own pool is a dream that can quickly turn into a nightmare if you do not properly maintain it. Pools require work to keep them clean and safe.
In order to keep a safe and healthy swimming pool, it is important to make sure the water has been treated properly to ensure that nobody gets sick.
You cannot simply look at a swimming pool and see that is its clean, even crystal clear water can hide chemicals and bacteria that can affect the health of your family.
Some of the germs that can be hiding in an untreated or not properly treated pool can include E. Coli, Giardia, Chloramines, and Cryptosporidium, which can cause a myriad of symptoms and illnesses including diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps, fever, vomiting, and skin and eye irritation.
Types of Water Treatment Systems
Now that you understand how important it is to make sure your pool is properly maintained and cleaned it is important to understand the different types of water treatment systems.
There are different types of systems to choose from and most often come down to either personal opinion or price. Listed below are 4 types of pool treatment systems and the pro and cons of each:
Chlorine pools are probably the most common and well-known way to treat and maintain pool water. Chlorine pools can be time-consuming because you have to be vigilant to maintain a proper pH balance to make sure the pool water is clean and safe.
This involves testing your pool water constantly and treating it with different chemicals to ensure the water is safe.
Pros: Chlorine systems have been around for over 100 years and are an economical and proven way to properly maintain pool water.
Cons: Chlorine systems require vigilance and a lot of chemicals to maintain which can time consuming and the chemicals can be toxic to the environment.
Gaining popularity among pool owners is the use of a saltwater system to maintain pool water quality that is safe and clean.
Saltwater systems use electrolysis to create chlorine which cleans and disinfects the pool water. Due to the process of electrolysis saltwater pools require fewer chemicals and are not as time-consuming as chlorine pools.
Pros: Saltwater systems are easier to maintain, require less harmful chemicals, safer and cause less irritation to eyes and skin, and produce softer-feeling skin.
Cons: Saltwater systems are expensive not only with the initial purchase system, but because salt is a corrosive over time it can damage other pool parts like ladders, liners, and fixtures leading to costly repairs.
Ultraviolet or UV systems clean and sanitize pool water by disrupting the ability of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, algae etc.) to multiply by exposing them to UV lamps as pool water flows the system.
Without the ability to reproduce these microorganisms die and are rendered harmless. By utilizing UV light these systems require fewer chemicals to maintain and clean pool water.
Pros: UV systems require fewer chemicals and can help protect your pool from microbes that have become resistant to chlorine. They also require less maintenance and have lower operating costs.
Cons: UV systems can only clean the water that flows through the system so you still need to have added chlorine to make pool water is safe and clean. While the system affects the ability of microorganisms to reproduce, it does not actually eliminate them from the pool water.
Natural Swimming Pools
Natural swimming pools are like having your own pond in your backyard. These pools use the environment to naturally clean pool water and do not require additional harmful chemicals.
By dividing the pool into zones that include a swimming area and a regeneration area these pools utilize the natural filters of plant structures and aggregates to filter water instead of chemicals.
Pros: Natural swimming pools are aesthetically pleasing as well as easy to maintain and do not require harsh chemicals. Because this system uses plants as filters you can swim surrounded by beautiful plants and wildlife that help to keep your pool safe and clean.
Cons: In order to keep your pool safe and clean you will still have to do maintenance like skimming and you may need to cover with a net to keep too much debris from accumulating when not in use. These pools can have a high initial price because of the complexity that is involved in creating the proper zones.
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Trouble Free Pool Cleaning Tricks
Now that you have a better understanding of the types of pool systems that create and maintain safe water conditions for your swimming pool, below are some tricks to help you maintain a trouble free pool:
Automatic Pool Vacuum
Looking for an easy and efficient way to help keep your pool clean, then invest in an automatic pool vacuum. Because dirt and debris can accumulate on the bottom of your pool you will need to remove them to maintain the safety and clarity of your pool water. One easy and hands-free way to do this is to use an automatic pool vacuum. Automatic pool vacuums work with your pool pump and will automatically clean the bottom of your pool, this frees up time for you to do other things or nothing at all.
Looking for a simple and hands-off way to keep your pool water clean from natural oils that are produced by your skin, add a tennis ball. That’s right by simply throwing a tennis ball into your pool you can help keep your pool water safe and clean. Tennis balls are made from fibers and these fibers absorb oils and can help keep your pool looking its best without you having to lift a finger.
Unfortunately, pool skimming is a task that must be performed to keep dirt and debris from accumulating and contaminating your pool.
To make this task easier you can attach pantyhose to your pool skimmer to collect smaller particles that your skimmer alone will not pick up. You can save time and effort by picking up more dirt and debris at one time meaningless cleaning for you.
To help keep your pool water clean you may want to install an outdoor shower. Dirt, debris, suntan lotion, hair gel, etc., can accumulate in your pool water and cause extra maintenance and cleaning.
To keep these unnecessary contaminants from entering your pool you can install an outdoor shower and by simply rinsing before and after entering your pool you can easily eliminate unwanted contaminants from your pool meaning less time cleaning for you.
Proper pool maintenance is essential for the health and safety of anyone who chooses to use it. While pool maintenance may seem tedious luckily there are ways to help reduce the amount of work there is to maintain a healthy pool.
From different types of pool filtration devices to simple tricks to help reduce the amount of cleaning or just make routine tasks more efficient. Pools are a lot of fun, but they are also a lot of responsibility to take the time to properly (and efficiently) care for your trouble free pool and you and your family can enjoy them for many years