Water balanced, now what?

Therefore, our pool is in, filled, and water is balanced what is next. The best advice often given here is to simply pick a day, and commit to it for your pool, and in times of trouble prepare to have to commit an extra day or two. Please note that bather load (swimmers) will take a toll on pool balance, but aide in circulation and algae prevention. On the day that you pick for your pool do your pool vacuuming, leaf skimming, filter basket cleaning, and backwashing on that day. However, in times of absent swimmers you may have to go out and manually brush your pool to avoid water dead spots, and prevent algae.
You will also want to keep your supply of pool testing strips, and test generally every other day, as this will keep you ahead of any balance issues. Please note, in our example pool we do not have a heater on the water, and this is important to note. The reason is because warm water becomes hungry for calcium, and colder water does not. Therefore, water without a heater may be maintained at a level of 150 ppm, which generally is the level of tap water, or the water from most water trucks.

water heaterSpeaking of heater, as unless you are fortunate enough to be in the south or southwest your pool water will get cold. This cooling can be part of the season progress, or can be part of nighttime cooling effect. As an example, picture yourself sleeping with no blanket when the temperature drops, and without help this is your pool every night. Then when the sun returns your pool water will heat up slow, and cool quickly not a good combination if you like warmer water. However, there are several options to assist you here. First, a solar blanket, a physical light blue blanket that can help your pool retain the heat captured by daytime heating. A blanket will generally help you retain 80% of your pools daytime heat, however, do not leave on more than 24 hours at a time, as it will prevent proper water circulation and algae. Next, there are varieties of heaters ranging from gas, propane, electric and solar.

Gas and propane heaters will be the most efficient heaters, as these units can be used to spot heat your pool in a specific amount of time. Whereas electric heaters (heat pumps) cannot be used to spot heat your pool, as these generally, function like an air conditioner on reverse, using the ambient air to heat your water. Solar heaters are quite efficient; however, depending on pool size can be more expensive than gas or propane. However, solar heater do have the benefit of no moving parts to wear, and no wiring to worry about adding. As example, our example pool would require a 250-BTU gas or propane heater ($1,500), a heat pump sized at 300 BTU ($3,500), or solar paneling at roughly $500 dollars for 2 4×20-panel kits, with additional plumbing kits. Lastly, there are items called solar fish, pills, or balls, these items are better than nothing is at all, and usually are pool owners who do not want to bother with solar covers anymore. The fish, pill, or ball is filled with isopropanol alcohol, and once allowed to secrete in to the water will float to the top of the water as an “invisible solar blanket.” This blanket of alcohol will allow the top of the water to heat quick and cool slower.

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