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Outdoor Pool Maintenance


Commonly referred to as "pool sanitation", pool maintenance has become a large industry in the United States due to the variety and complexity of uses. Proper pool sanitation leads to healthy swimming conditions, which can prevent infectious diseases, and allows for clear water. The main focus generally revolves around filtration, and regular testing to maintain proper pH levels in the pool.

It's quite common to see signs advocating showering before entering a public or private pool. This is an attempt to cut down on harmful elements that can be introduced into the water. There are a wide range of common items that can contribute to contaminators, such as bird waste, rainwater, saliva, urine, dirt and debris. Pool filtration is generally the first line of defense when it comes to harmful materials.

The general standard for pool maintenance requires a pH of 7.2 to 7.8. This is important because the pH balance of the pool contributes to the effectiveness of sanitizing agents in the pool. Higher pH balances reduce the ability of chlorine to properly clean harmful agents out of the pool. A pH balance that is too low causes an uncomfortable swimming experience, and can be extremely harmful on the eyes.

Water circulation and filtration are the areas that keep pools ?fresh". Generally required a constant electrical supply, water pumps will help circulate chemicals to disburse it around the pool. Private pools generally come with a setting to run this overnight or for a short period during the day. Commercial pools usually run 24/7 due to the high rate of usage. Coupling the water pump with a sand or cartridge filter helps keep the water clean for use.

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