When it comes to swimming in your Myrtle Beach pool water, it is imperative to understand that your tap water does not equal your pool water! There’s much that has to be done to treat your swimming pool water in order to make it safe and healthy for you and your family. Some of the tests needed will be to check for alkalinity levels, as well as the calcium hardness. It is necessary to sequester the various minerals and metals in the water and something known as a stabilizer will need to be added to the water to ensure that the chlorine stays in and does its job. Finally, the pH balance in the water has to be checked frequently to determine how much chlorine is needed.
Treating New Water In Your Myrtle Beach Pool
One thing that is often forgotten is that you must treat any new pool water that gets added. This means if the pool overflows, gets a lot of rainwater or if the water level gets low and more new water is added. All new water has to be treated! Failing to do this will result in the plaster being damaged or stained, equipment being damaged and also it can cause algae to grow and the water to be unsafe. Any time you have 10-12 inches of water added or replaced, new treatment should be done.
Pets In Pools
A few things about dogs in pools. First of all, yes it is ok to let your pet swim in the pool. You should understand, however, that you’ll need to pay more attention to cleaning out the filter, skimmer basket, and the chemical levels. And one very good rule to bear in mind—NEVER let your dog get in the pool right after having been in the ocean, lakes or streams. There are lots of things we don’t want in our pool water that exist in other bodies of water. Another thing to remember is not to throw your dog in the pool with soapsuds all over him after a bath. It might seem tempting to let him rinse off in the pool, but the soap contains ingredients that will cause algae to grow out of control.
You MUST clean your filters for your Myrtle Beach pool on a regular basis! Generally speaking, you get about a month or so between your cleanings for about every one hundred square feet of filter. If we translate that, it would mean that you could go three months if you had three hundred square feet of filter. Do NOT use a pressure wash on them! Unless you call a professional, just use a garden hose with a good steady
These are just a few of the tips for this informative article on treating your new pool water. Check back soon for the second part of this article. There is much to learn about pool water and how to keep it safe when you are the owner of a swimming pool, but do your homework and follow these tips and you’ll have years of wonderful summer enjoyment with your friends and family!
As always, call us here at Elko for all your Myrtle Beach pool needs, as well as any service or maintenance you may need. We’re here to help!
Elko Spas Billiards & Pools
4718 Northgate Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588