You have just acquired a pool? What a joy! To make the pleasure last, you must now maintain it. Cleaning a pool, winterization, water treatment… We tell you everything about how to manage your pool at best… So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn everything you need to know to take care of your pool.
1. Simplify the cleaning
During the high season, cleaning should be done at least once a week. Broom, vacuum cleaner, or robot: three options to get rid of leaves, insects, and other waste, while increasing the effectiveness of treatment products. Manual cleaning is done with a net for leaves on the surface and a broom for waste that has fallen to the bottom of the pond (sand, gravel, etc.), but it is a long and tedious job. The remedy: automatic cleaning with a vacuum cleaner, pressure washer, or robot.
Unlike household vacuum cleaners, these latest-generation devices work autonomously. Once connected to the skimmer, the pool’s brush socket or the water return; they move by themselves to the bottom of the pool and suck up the dirt. In the case of a robot, all you have to do is program the shape and size of the pool beforehand: it then cleans the entire pool in a minimum of time, from the bottom to the sides, from the water line to the stairs. For easier maintenance, choose a model equipped with a pre-filter or a leaf trap.
2. Choose the proper treatment
Most products (Arch Chemicals, Bayrol, Mareva, Waterair, Zodiac…) perform several functions at the same time: they disinfect, fight algae, and have a flocculating action. Others also clean the filter, which is more economical and simplifies the task. Even more practical are kits that group together all the products needed for a given period and for a defined volume of water (disinfection, pH correction, etc.).
The filter’s role is to remove impurities from the water, but a preventive treatment is nevertheless necessary. Four solutions are available to you. Chlorine is the traditional disinfectant. Not only does it kill bacteria, but it also removes organic impurities that cannot be filtered out. It is particularly effective when the pH of the water is between 7 and 7.4.
Active oxygen is one of the best disinfectants for the human body. It simultaneously disinfects and clarifies the water and fights algae. The only drawback is that it is only suitable for small volumes, from 50 to 60 m3. PHMB. Odorless and tasteless, this polymer is effective at any pH level. Advantage: it is only used when the pool is frequented. Disadvantage: it does not destroy algae.
Good to know. In addition to chlorine or bromine treatment, installing an ozonator can reduce the consumption of disinfectants by half, reduce water hardness and prolong the installation’s life. This device, located in the technical room, transforms oxygen into ozone and disinfects the water in a natural way (Clair Azur).
3. Treat the water efficiently
During the season, the pool requires weekly treatment, or even every other day if the weather is very hot: checking the pH (which must be between 7.2 and 7.6) and correcting it if necessary, spreading flocculant to clarify the water, disinfecting it… When you can’t be there every day, opting for slow-release multifunctional disinfectants (offered by all major brands) is better.
For 15 days or even 2 months for the most efficient ones, the pebbles diffuse their bactericidal, algicidal, and clarifying power. Floating diffusers (Marina) act in the same way, releasing little by little (during 1 to 3 months) the doses adapted to the complete treatment of the water. Upon your return, a diagnosis will be necessary, possibly followed by shock treatment, because the water balance of a pool is always unstable.
4. Subcontracting the maintenance
The maintenance contract. There are two possibilities: either take out a maintenance contract with your pool company or install an automatic control station. Most pool companies offer à la carte contracts: simple intervention for start-up and winterization, weekly maintenance throughout the season, periodic delivery of treatment products, etc. Count from 400 to 600 € for two visits in the year (wintering and commissioning) up to a few thousand euros per year for weekly maintenance with pH check, disinfection, and cleaning.
Probes continuously measure the pH of the water, its level of disinfectant and algaecide, and an electronic regulator controls the injection of products into the pool (pH corrector and/or disinfectant). Some models offer the possibility of programming different dosing times during the week and on weekends. However, even if such an installation greatly reduces interventions, it does not dispense with them. The cost of the station is approximately 1,400 or 1,500 euros (excluding products).
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