The use of chlorine tablets requires little maintenance to keep the swimming pool sanitized.
Keeping the swimming pool free of leaves, twigs and debris is required regardless of the method of sanitizing the pool.
Most all swimming pools are equipped with filters which must be cleaned or backwashed. Some pool filters have replaceable bags for removal of leaves, twigs and debris. Dip nets are used to remove large debris items from pools - this helps to reduce chlorine demand.
Chlorine tablets should not be placed directly into swimming pools as they will stain the pool surfaces.
Chlorine tablets are usually placed into floating chlorine tablet applicators. The floating applicators can be tied to an appropriate location in the pool so they can be easily accessed and checked.
Chlorine tablets should never be placed into pool skimmers. When the pool pumps are not running, the tablets will continue to dissolve, concentrating chlorine and acid if stabilized chlorine tables are used, which may harm the pool pump and related equipment.
The chlorine tablet applicators are usually made of plastic. The chlorine tablets and sunlight will deteriorate the plastic over time and periodically the applicators will have to be replaced. It is not uncommon for the bottom of the applicators to break loose allowing the chlorine tablets to fall to the bottom of the pool and cause a stain.
Pool walls should be brushed frequently. The calcium in calcium hypochlorite has a tendency to build up on pool sidewalls and pool bottom.
The calcium build up will make the pool’s surfaces feel gritty. As the calcium is a solid material, it will increase filter maintenance.
Pool bottoms should be vacuumed frequently to help reduce calcium build up.
The source water for filling the pool is very important and will affect pool maintenance.
Pool water obtained from surface waters or ground water wells should be tested to determine its suitability as a pool water source.
Waters containing dissolved organic material (which may have a brownish appearance similar to weak iced tea) can create disinfection byproducts when chlorinated. Disinfection by-products can have harmful effects on humans when ingested. (6)
Public and municipal water sources are generally ideal for filling swimming pools and adding water to the pool, as they are required to meet U.S. Public Health Standards.
Swimmers should shower prior to entering a pool to remove contaminants such as sand, suntan products and body oils.
The use of chlorine tablets for sanitizing a swimming pool requires no actual maintenance of the chlorine tablet applicator.
The applicator should be replaced if it deteriorates.
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