Aspects Related to Pool Maintenance Cost

Posted by on Jun 26, 2018 in Home Improvement, Swimming Pools Spas | Comments Off on Aspects Related to Pool Maintenance Cost

Pool maintenance means a lot more than just skimming, vacuuming and cleaning out the traps. Your pool requires a delicate chemical balance. Maintaining this balance is a critical part of keeping your pool’s water crystal clear. If you can establish an optimal pH balance you can prevent that nasty algae build-up that makes your pool look more like a swamp. There are plenty of chemical agents out there specifically designed to kill algae and keep your pool looking sparkling and fresh. Those chemicals are very expensive, though. For the savvy pool owner there are means of achieving the same effect without paying out the nose for it.For further information regarding this, feel free to visit them at swimming pool maintenance companies.

A note of warning

It should be understood that by following the cost saving method below, you run the risk of damaging your pool. If the risk is an acceptable one, then proceed with caution. The author of this post, nor the site on which it appears will be held liable.

Also, these instructions should only be followed if you utilize bromine or chlorine chemicals in your pool. Don’t try the following if you use a silver/copper or baquanide system.

Understanding chemicals

You probably understand that you need chlorine to keep your pool clean. There are a number of tabs, discs, etc. that are sold to do this. Most of them even have “chlor” in their names. Bleach also contains chlorine and is much cheaper.

Second, you know you have to balance the chlorine to achieve the right pH for your pool. You probably buy industrial grade produce, to accomplish this. These buffers are nothing more than sodium bicarbonate – the exact same thing as common baking soda.

Third, you need a buffer to maintain the pH, since baking soda will raise and then drop alkalinity. Borax works very well for this. Borax will cause your alkalinity to spike and stay up, so it is a good product to use if you are having trouble getting your pH high enough. However, though it is similar to popular pool algistats, it isn’t as effective at inhibiting algae grown and shouldn’t replace your usual product. That, you should probably still fork over the regular cost of.

Proper use

A standard gallon of bleach add about 2 parts per million of chlorine per 30,000 gallons (or about 0.75 pounds of pool chlorination products). Remove whatever chlorine tabs, discs, etc. you have in your skimmer and then poor bleach into your skimmer (wear safety goggles to protect your eyes).

Baking soda is equal in effectiveness to most alkalinity raising products and can be swapped out pound for pound. For borax, using half a box of pure borax per 10,000 gallons is a good rule of thumb. Until you get a good idea of what it takes to balance the pH of your pool, it is a good idea to keep some pH decreasing product around to lower the pH if you overdo it.

A final note

Obviously, these options only replace some, not all, of you pool chemicals. This is because there simply aren’t cheap alternatives to everything you need for proper pool maintenance. These three (bleach, baking soda, and borax) are still adequate for replacing major wallet draining products and saving some serious money.

Again, using these cheap alternatives to more expensive pool products does carry a risk. You can damage your pool if you don’t understand what you are doing. If you are worried that you might mess up and damage your pool then err on the side of caution and go with the more expensive pool products. Having your pool repaired will cost a lot more than you would have saved using cheaper products. Again, don’t hold the author or this site accountable if you fail to use common sense and caution.

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