Keeping Your Pool Clean and Safe For Children

Summer is on its way and it is the time when most people let their children play outside or when you spend time by the pool as a family. However, there are a few rules one must follow in order to keep the garden pool safe for children to use and avoid any accidents or potential health hazards.

Ensure the children are using the right equipment

Making sure the children are using the appropriate equipment before going for a swim is essential and can avoid many accidents. For example a child who cannot swim must wear their armbands or use their flotation device in order to stay safe.

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Make sure they cannot access the pool on their own

It is best children are supervised when using the pool in order to avoid any form of accident. Children should never be able to access the pool on their own. You can prevent that by fitting a fence all around the pool. A standard picket fence will often be sufficient enough and is relatively easy to put up.

You may also want to incorporate a gate with a key to the fence in order to further limit unsupervised access. That way the children can only access the pool when accompanied by a grown-up.

Keep the pool clean

Keeping your garden swimming pool is a must as it will avoid germs being spread and ensure the pool is safe to swim in.

Keep the pool covered throughout the winter months and clear the cover of any leaves so they cannot get into contact with the water.

Make sure the swimming pool pump is in working order as it will eliminate any dirty particles which might be present in the water.  However for pumping efficiency, it is best to limit the time at which the pump runs for improved pumping efficiency and lower energy bills.

Use an automatic pool cleaner in order to clear the dirt and grime that can be found at the bottom of the pool.

How To Keep Your Swimming Pool Clean And Safe For Swimmers

No pool owner wants their pool maintenance routine to feel like a chore. Luckily with the high-quality pool chemicals that are available on the market, the emergence of automated robotic cleaners and the efficiency of pump and filtration systems, it should only take a couple of hours a week to keep your pool safe, hygienic and clean. In this article we’ve broken the process down into four basic steps. Here’s how to keep your swimming pool clean and safe.

Your first step is to test the pool water on a regular basis. This will tell you what chemicals are needed and in what amounts. Using test strips that are simply dipped in the water is one of the easiest ways to achieve this. If you want to get a little more precise, get hold of a more advanced test kits that can read pH, alkalinity, total chlorine levels, free chlorine levels, phosphate levels and levels of dissolved solids.

Your second step is to add the chemicals that are needed. You need to ensure your primary sanitizer (such as chlorine or bromine) is present in required concentrations, that you add a pool shock treatment on a regular basis and that you maintain the pH and alkalinity of your pool using water balancers. You may also occasionally have to add a clarifier to clear up water that has turned cloudy and use an algaecide periodically to prevent any algal contamination. If you pool is being heavily used or there has been heavy rain that has washed contaminants into the pool, its a good idea to shock treat the pool more often. Remember to ensure that the pool is not being used when you add any pool chemicals.

Your third step is to run your pump and filter system for around 10 hours each day. That is normally enough to ensure that the entire volume of water used in your pool is pushed through the filter system. Sand and DE filters need to be back-washed on a regular basis.

Your fourth step is to skim any surface debris from the pool on a daily basis, clean out your skimmer baskets, brush around any hard to reach areas and vacuum your pool. When it comes to pool vacuums there a number of options on the market. Some like suction side and pressure side vacuums run off your main pump and filter system. But there are also truly automated models, such as blue peal pool cleaner, or the nitro robotic cleaner. They are completely integrated and self-contained units and do not require any complicated installation. These will help you learn how to keep your swimming pool clean and safe.

My Swimming Pool Lights Don’t Work: A Troubleshooting Guide

Swimming pool lights look great at night, and they make it safer to swim. If your light suddenly switches off there are several reasons for this problem. In this article we will review step by step what you should do to find the root cause.

Preventive measures

First of all, know that when handling water and electricity you need to take prevention measures. Make sure every switch related to the pool lights is turned off. Start with the pool light switch itself, move on to the circuit breaker and switch it off. Next, tape all switches to prevent someone from coming in and turning it on while you work. Put up a sign as well, you can’t be too careful with this.

Check the circuit breaker

To find out what the problem is, your first stop should be at the circuit breaker. Is it tripped? by now you should have the pool light switch off, so turn on the circuit breaker, and if it immediately trips, it means you have a short circuit. You will need an electrician to help you further with the problem.

Check the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)

If the circuit breaker does not trip, your next stop should be at the GFCI. This is itself a circuit breaker, much more sensitive because it is designed to prevent swimmers from getting an electric shock from the pool lights. If you don’t know where this switch is, try looking at your main panel box for your house, a sub-panel box near your pool filter device or an electrical outlet close to the pool.

Once you find it, check if the switch is tripped. It should have a test button, make sure the pool light switch is off, and press it. If the button pops, it means there is power up to this point and it’s on. If it doesn’t, press the reset button. If this button trips, you’ll need an electrician to find out what the problem is. If it holds, try your pool lights and see if they work.

Finding out the cause

Your light should come back on. If it doesn’t you may have a burned out bulb, but if it does, then what may be happening is that there is water in your light fixture. The light’s heat vaporizes the water which in turn makes the GFCI switch trip. This can also happen if there is humidity around the outlets that are on the same circuit as the GFCI; cover them up to keep this from happening.

Problems such as this are seldom included when calculating inground pool prices, but they’re a natural occurrence in pools. If you followed this guide you’ve probably encountered the problem. The question now is how to solve it. Well, if water in your light fixture is the problem, you will need to take it out and dry it, but there’s a set of steps for that procedure by itself. Make sure to research how to do it properly, so you can have your inground swimming pool lights back on in no time.