By having a pool, you become responsible with keeping and maintaining its cleanliness. Likewise you must also make sure that you and your family is safe when using it. Do not worry much as swimming pool maintenance does not really require hard labor or too much time. Just make sure that you do the maintaining process right. Simply do regular pool maintenance and you will keep it safe and healthy to use all year round.
Swimming pool maintenance is broadly divided one for private & other is for public. As private swimming pools are used by single family, maintaining it is not very difficult. But in the case of public & community pools, maintenance/operation should be carried out by qualified professionals as per international guideline.
During the swimming season, your pool should be maintained on daily basis.
» Check filter pressure.
» Clean filter if water is not clear.
» Remove leaves & debris from strainer basket.
» You must check on the balance of chemicals that should be present in the waters regularly. Too much chemicals such as chlorine
or alkaline can be detrimental to a swimmer's health and so it is a must that the right amount of chemicals should be added to the water.
» Feed the pool with CHLORINE or other SANITIZER to satisfy its requirements either manually or automatically.
» Clean Skimmer baskets.
» Remove any large accumulation of debris on the bottom with a leaf scoop.
» Check the water level is high enough for the pump to operate correctly (Middle of the skimmer mouth opening).
» Filtering of the water must be done on a regular basis. This will help the chemicals to move about, keeping the water healthy and safe.
» Chlorination plant is installed and problems or breakdowns occur, the unit should be switched off and the appointed
» Use a nylon brush to clean tile & walls of pool.
» A Stainless steel brush should be used to loosen algae on concrete walls.
» Check walls or vinyl liner for cracks or tears and repair with concrete walls.
» Test the water and add recommended chemicals.
» Hose off the deck but aim water away from the pool.
» Invest in a pool cover that will reduce evaporation keep debris out of water and trap the heat.
» Give the Pump basket a clean.
» Vacuum the pool.
» Clean the water line tile.
» Backwash the filter if necessary.
» make sure there is adequate chemical in a tank for an automatic feeder for the next week
» Test the pH & free chlorine levels in the pool water. (Note: Don€™t correct your pH more than once a week.)
» Electric motors should be monitored weekly.
» Check the water balance weekly Water Balance mean that as water can and always tries to balance its levels physically, it also tries to balance itself chemically.
Swimming Pool Equipment Maintenance
1. A pool pump is a crucial mechanical device that works in conjunction with the filter to maintain your pool's cleanliness. Pool pumps are offered in a large selection with many different sizes and pumping capabilities.
A pool pump works by extracting water from the pool, running it through a basket and then a filter to trap debris and dirt. The pump then sends clean water back into the pool. A pump can have one or two speeds and different levels of power.
Every pump has a capability level that lets you know how much water it can circulate. It is important to look at the pump's circulation ability and see how much it can pump either by the minute or by the hour. A good rule to follow is that a residential pool should be able to circulate its entire water contents in 8-10 hours.
Some pool pumps come equipped with a straining basket to catch debris and many have transparent lids to allow you to monitor the basket.
It is important to look into the energy efficiency of the pump.
¤ Pump : ( Priming) before starting, check that the suction piping is leak tight and free of air, Air lock in the line and the pimp has a negative influent on the performance of the pump. In case of gravity feed, the pump can be filled by operating the suction valve.
But in case of suction lift condition the suction of pipe and the pump can be filled by evacuating air by pouring the liquid through discharge branch of the pump.
2. Valve -Open the valve (if fitted) on the raw water line. Valve is properly installed and operated within the limits of Temperature and pressure for which it was designed.
The valve should be opened manually. Sufficiently for steam (or gas) to below through then returned to the set pressure.
3. Sand Filters No mechanical maintenance is required by the operator other than cleaning the pre-filter Strainer pot, backwashing at the requisite time (indicated normally by the pressure gauge reading) and Periodically to check the valves, etc., and report any defects for maintenance/repair. Arrangements for the replacement of the sand at the appropriate time interval should be discussed with The specialist swimming pool contractor.
4. Electrical Installation & Electric Motors and Pumps
» An annual electrical test of the complete installation should be carried out by an approved contractor.
» Motors and pumps should be (where necessary) oiled and greased periodically. Motors and pumps should be checked periodically and signs of excessive wear, leakage of water, overheating or other defects and reported accordingly, to your maintenance contractor. Any damage to or deterioration of the electrical wiring requires immediate attention.
5. Chlorination Plant Where chlorinating equipment is installed and problems or breakdowns occur, the unit should be switched off and the appointed maintenance contractor notified. The operator should Clean and change injectors regularly and have spare injectors available when using this type of unit.