Swimming is a popular relaxing activity. Popular swimming pools are commonly found around beaches or private residences where they provide recreation for swimmers and the pleasure of the pool owners.
Swimming pools can be natural or man-made. Although natural swimming pools are a rare sight, they do still exist. Man-made swimming pools have improved over the years, their most recent touch being that of luxury. Due to this, swimming pools have become much more common around homes and hotels.
But not all swimming pools are treated equally, some may be more difficult to swim in than others. Most people prefer to swim in a swimming pool where the water is soft and smooth. However, swimming can be irritating if the water is not smooth and silky.
Two things that affect the water in a swimming pool are:
– How often do you fill your swimming pool with fresh water from the tap.
– How well you filter out contaminants from the water.
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How to Check Swimming Pool Water Hardness?
You can buy a water hardness testing kit from nearby stores which you can use in your swimming pool to know if the water is soft, medium, or hard. Other ways to check water hardness are:
- How does it feel when you swim in the swimming pool? If you notice that your body does not feel like swimming, if it feels like swimming in water filled with corals or stones at the bottom of the sea, then it is hard.
- How foam appears after pouring shampoo into the swimming pool water? If there are bubbles on the surface of the water it is soft, while if there are no bubbles on the surface of the swimming pool water it is hard.
- How does hair feel after taking a bath in your swimming pool? If you find that your hair feels like straw then it may be an indication that your swimming pool water is hard.
- How much time do you spend taking a shower after swimming in the pool? Soft water will make you want to take another shower immediately after leaving the swimming pool, while hard water will make you feel like taking a bath or shower at home.
How to Reduce the Hardness of Swimming Pool Water?
Firstly, as a precautionary activity, It is advisable that you test your swimming pool water at least once a week and replace the water in your swimming pool if it is too hard or too soft.
There are multiple ways in which swimming pool water can be softened. The most common way of softening the swimming pool is through adding salt (not table salt), also known as an ionizer, which allows chlorine to act additively with minerals that are naturally found in hard water. The swimming pool filter then removes all of the contaminants. This process softens the water resulting in a smooth, silky texture that makes it possible to swim in it without irritation.
When the salt is added to the swimming pool, it also helps to moisturize and replenish essential minerals needed for healthy skin. This is why some people might prefer jumping into a swimming pool instead of entering the shower right after leaving the beach or resort.
How to make your swimming pool water soft, silky and smooth?
Tap Water vs Well Water
First, try to take water from the tap, instead of using well water. Tap water is softer than well water. How can you take tap water? You can use a bucket or other containers to collect the water in your swimming pool. If possible, put all buckets together and near where you will normally fill your swimming pool with fresh water from the tap.
How can you make sure it is not contaminated with chemicals and remains fresh?
When there is a lot of chlorine in your swimming pool, remove as much as possible before using the water to fill your swimming pool. You need to use droppers or pipets that will be able to suck up the water from your swimming pool and into smaller containers.
How can you filter out contaminants?
Use a filter pillow for filtering out dirt and debris from your swimming pool. You will need to connect it to the pipe of your swimming pool so that when you turn on the pump, the filter pillow will suck in dirt and debris.
How can you ensure small particles are removed from your swimming pool water after filtering with a filter pillow?
You can use aquarium gravel or silica sand for removing any remaining smaller contaminant particles in your swimming pool. How can you use aquarium gravel or silica sand? Simply add 5-10 lbs per 50 gallons of water into your swimming pool.
How can you get rid of too much Calcium Content in the water of your Swimming Pool?
Add the Chemicals at 100ppm. After adding calcium-reducing chemicals, your swimming pool water should be clean and ready to use within 24 hours. You will need to check the pH every 4 hours.
How do you measure the acidity of your swimming pool?
You will need to use a pH adjuster with calcium and acid to reduce the amount of calcium in your swimming pool. Some common chemicals used in adjusting pH- include Citric Acid, Sodium Bisulfate, Potassium Bisulfate, and Phosphoric Acid. You add them into your swimming pool during or after filling it up.
How can you measure pH?
You will need to use a universal indicator for this step. Simply add it into your swimming pool where it will change colour if there is too much calcium in the water. Follow the instructions below to know what each colour means:
Blue and Green: pH is in the range 7.0-9.6, therefore no action is needed
Yellow: pH is below 6.8; This indicates that your swimming pool needs acid to reduce the amount of calcium in your swimming pool
Red: Too much calcium exists, more acid or chemicals are needed for adjusting pH – Brown or Black: Excessive organic matter exists that needs to be removed from your swimming pool
Remember, before adding any chemicals to your swimming pool, always check the pH.
A swimming pool can be softened by: – Adding salt (chlorine once) to the water every in a while. – Replenishing the essential minerals in the water. – Filtering out all contaminants. – Removing excess calcium. You can also look for professional help if you feel the need.
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