How Much Water Does A Pool Need? [Expert Guide!]

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As the summer season is drawing upon us, many of us are probably thinking about how much time we have to spend in the pool, whether it’s with our family or friends, or even just ourselves. For those who are lucky enough to have a private pool at home, the idea of getting in there and relaxing certainly sounds appealing. But with the season comes the bad weather that can ruin your pool plans. Whether it’s a sudden downpour that leaves you swimming in muddy water, or a hot summer day that makes you desperate for some air, there are a few things you should know before plunging in.

The Weather

Even if you stay within the confines of the UK, the weather can still be a menace. We’ve all heard of torrential downpours that leave you feeling drenched and less than refreshed, and while it’s usually a short-lived phenomenon, it can still leave you longing for the comfort of your bed. Of course, this could also be said of the bright sunny days that we’re so accustomed to seeing and experiencing throughout the year. It really does depend on where you are in the country and what sort of pool you have. If you live in an area that routinely receives heavy snowfall, you’ll want to ensure that there are proper signs and weather guards around your pool area. Similarly, if you live in a region that gets a lot of rain and you don’t have anywhere to put it, you’ll want to be sure that your pool area is equipped with some sort of sump pump or drain system.

The Temperature

Another thing to consider is the temperature of your pool water. If you live in a place where the average pool temperature is above 75 degrees Fahrenheit, you may want to consider covering up your pool area with sun shades or a canopy. If it’s below that figure, you might want to invest in some cooling water features such as an under-water light or fountain. Just remember that if you’re going to be using an under-water light, you might want to consider the impact that it could have on any nearby fish.

The Salt

If you’ve been swimming in the ocean all your life, you’ll be used to the water’s salty taste. For those who have only just experienced freshwater, the idea of drinking water that has accumulated from the atmosphere might still seem somewhat bizarre. Naturally salty water is quite different from fresh rainwater, the two often having very little in common. If you’re going to be sharing your pool with others, especially young children or the elderly, you might want to consider replacing some of the water with fresh soda or tonic water to ensure that everyone stays hydrated. It’s also worth investigating the type of salt that your pool needs. Some are known for causing health problems if ingested, so make sure you avoid these kinds of salts when stocking your pool. If you want to keep your pool looking as beautiful as new, you’ll want to avoid using chemicals that could strip the color from it. Instead, you could try for a saltwater pool that’s around 6-8 inches in depth.

The Ph

Another important factor to consider is the pH of your pool water. If you live in an area with a lot of acid rain, the pH of your pool water will probably be somewhere around pH 5-6, which is generally suitable for bathing but not for drinking. If you live in a place where the rain is more alkaline, your pool will probably have a pH of around 7.4-8, which is suitable for both bathing and drinking. The best option is to have your pool water tested by a professional every year (or at least every month) to ensure that it stays within the proper range. If you’re worried that your pool is getting too acidic or alkaline, you could consider adding some lime or magnesia to it to bring the pH back into balance. Just remember that neither of these elements are meant to be used more than once or twice a year as they can become very dangerous if consumed in greater quantities. If you want to know what elements are safe to add to your pool, check out our list of the top five elements that you can use in your pool. While some people prefer to use natural gas to heat their pools, electric heat is still a common choice since it’s more reliable and doesn’t give off any strange smells or gases that could cause harm.

Hopefully, this article has given you some food for thought, and made you realize that even though it might seem obvious there are still things to consider. Once you’ve stocked your pool with the essentials (depending on where you live of course), and you’ve put in the time to learn how to swim properly, you’re ready to swim. Just remember to always stay within the boundaries of the law and obey any safety precautions that your pool might have. If you want to learn how to swim safely, there are many organizations that offer accredited lifesaving courses that you can sign up for. These courses will teach you not only how to save yourself, but also how to save others in case of an accident.

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