If you want to test the water in your swimming pool during pool maintenance, the best time to do so is at dusk. In case you decided to use test strips, if you open the container to get your strip, be sure not to drip any water into the container or else it will be contaminated. Choose a part of the pool where there’s no water returning to the pool from the filter. You must dip the strip as deep as your elbow. Wait for thirty seconds and then compare the colors. In case you are utilizing a reagent type of test kit, choose an appropriate area in the swimming pool and dip the tester, still at elbow depth, put in the right amount of drops, and then compare the results you get to the chart.
Pool Maintenance: Important Considerations
There are other things you have to do during pool maintenance Myrtle Beach. Before you do your test, the first thing you have to do is wait for at least four hours after the swimmers have left the swimming pool. You should test the water four times every week at the very least. You also need to wait at least 12 hours before testing the water after a windstorm or rainstorm. Don’t test the water during weekends because it’s most likely that your neighbors are mowing their lawn or doing other summer activities that could affect the pool and impact its reading.
In case you have a normal pH reading for at least three weeks, then you get a pH reading that is either high or low, don’t do anything rash. Wait 24 hours and test it again. In case you get the same reading then do the necessary adjustments. Be sure not to overdo any adjustments. Perform the adjustments and test again after six hours. Repeat the process if needed. It’s not ideal to test right away after you have added the chemicals in the swimming pool. You need to wait at least eight hours before you test the pool.
Keep safety part of your priorities when adding chemicals. Don’t put all chemicals all at once. Chemicals need to be added at least four to six hours apart. Don’t add calcium hydrochlorite in the chlorinator especially along with other pool chemicals like Tri-cor or other kinds of chlorine tablets because this could trigger an explosion. Don’t put chlorine shock in the skimmer because doing so will damage your filter’s internal parts.
It’s best to shock the swimming pool late on Sunday because it is most likely that no one will be swimming in the pool for 24 hours at least, which will is the suggested time to swim after shocking. Shocking the pool must be done only during dusk, this will provide the shock time to take effect before the sun comes out. Set up any algae inhibitors four hours at least before you shock the pool as this will provide you with the best effect.
Call Elko Spas Billiards & Pools if you need help in maintaining your swimming pool.
Elko Spas Billiards & Pools
4718 Northgate Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588