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Swimming pool maintenance

As the summer sun scorches, swimming pools become a favorite haunt for both adults and children alike. Some tests on swimming pools done last summer revealed alarming levels of bacteria which could cause skin rashes, conjunctivitis, stomach ailments and urinary tract infections.

Most residents are clueless about the quality of water in their pools which have multiple users. It is, therefore, important for residents to ensure the regular maintenance of their pool.

Chlorine is an effective way to keep bacteria in control. Ensure that the chlorine used is of good quality, but do not use it excessively. Any chemical addition to the pool is more effective after sunset than during the day.

Microbiological tests of pool water should be done every three months. For example, high phosphate levels from suntan lotions, debris, etc., reduce the effectiveness of chlorine; thereby increasing the chances of bacterial infestation. You can buy chlorine and pH test kits for just Dh200 from reliable service providers to self-check your pools.

The walls and floors of pools must be cleaned twice a week. This will help eliminate algae or calcification. If your pool already has algae or a plaque-like calcification, you need to get a specialist to get it treated.

Ensure that the skimmer basket and/or hair and lint pot in the pool pump are cleaned regularly. If these are full of debris, you will get little flow resulting in poor water circulation, potentially creating a bigger problem.

Swimming pool maintenance doesn’t have to be difficult, and knowing how to properly maintain your pool will make it a safer place for family fun.

Handy Hints
• Apply chlorine after sunset but not excessively
• Have a microbiological test done every 3 months
• Pool walls / floor must be cleaned twice a week


Source: Special to Classifieds