I have had several people ask me, “I can just add a jug of chlorine every week and the water will be fine, right?” I have to explain that chlorine is only one element of your pool’s water chemistry that needs to be balanced every week. The basic tests involve Calcium Hardness, Chlorine, pH, Alkalinity, and Cyanuric Acid. Depending upon how out of balance your pool water is, different surfaces can be damaged. This can include the surfaces of the walls and floor of your pool, metal railings and steps, and interior pipes in your pool heater.
To avoid problems with your pool water, you have two options. First, you can take a pool water sample to your local pool store every week, have them test the water, and buy whatever they tell you to put into your pool. After you get back home with the products, you add them to your pool according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Then, you still need to brush the pool’s surfaces, empty the skimmer and lint baskets, and clean the filter cartridge at least once every month.
Second, you can hire a qualified professional who will come once every week and perform all the necessary steps required to keep your pool water balanced. Make sure you only hire a pool service that has completed the training standards set forth by the National Swimming Pool Foundation called a Certified Pool/Spa Operator Certification. This will give you peace of mind in knowing your technician is qualified to properly maintain your pool.
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