How Often Should You Filter Your Pool Water? [Expert Review!]

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It’s that time of year again. The air is starting to turn cooler, the leaves are changing colour, and you can pretty much guess what that means: it’s time for me to pack up my pool heater and get myself a little pool in my back yard.

I’ve been enjoying my time by the pool since before most people knew what a pool was. I was one of the first in my neighbourhood to have an in-ground pool, and even then it took some time for people to realize how wonderful this space was going to be for themselves and their families.

Since then, I’ve been through a few heatwaves and a few cold snaps. There have been times when it’s been too chilly to enjoy my time in the pool, and I’ve had to put up with temperatures that went as low as zero degrees. But, fortunately, there’s also been a lot of good weather, and I often find myself swimming in my backyard after work hours anyway. So, in terms of enjoying my pool and what it has to offer, I’ve barely missed a beat.

One thing I’ve noticed over the years is how fast water deteriorates in the pool. Even though I always try to keep the chlorine at the safe level, two things happen, almost immediately, that tell me my pool isn’t looking its best:

  • The lights start flickering, as the chlorination starts to lose its effectiveness
  • I start seeing small patches of green algae floating around in the water

The first sign of trouble is usually the flickering lights. I’ve had this issue for as long as I can remember, and it has never actually gone away. If anything, over the years it’s gotten worse, which is strange because I know that the pool itself hasn’t changed at all. It’s almost like the lights are trying to tell me something, but I can’t figure out what.

The second issue has to do with the algae. Algae is just another name for ‘plant life’ in general, and it tends to grow wherever there’s a lot of moisture and not enough ultraviolet (UV) radiation. It’s very common for pools to become covered in algae, especially if there’s been a lot of rain or heavy dews naturally. This is pretty normal and to be expected – even good, because algae is usually a sign that the water is healthy and all the living things are doing well. But it’s not always easy to get rid of. Especially when you have children or pets around the pool area.

These two issues are what usually get me worried (or angry, depending on how you look at it), so I start getting nervous about the pool. I check the pH balance of the water, which is usually around 7.2 to 7.4, and I make sure there’s enough chlorine in the pool. I also double check the level of UV radiation on the sun deck, which is very high on the pool house side, and ensure that there’s no leaks or splashes near the pool area that could cause a chlorine overdose. I want to make sure everyone around the pool is safe and content, especially now that the weather is starting to turn cooler.

Unfortunately, it’s quite easy to cause damage when handling chemicals around the pool area. Even something as simple as forgetting to wear gloves could lead to skin irritation or worse. It’s also not a good idea to go diving into the pool without proper training and equipment. Trying to save a baby seal from drowning isn’t something you should be doing around a pool, especially not one that you’ve just cleaned. These are all important issues that you need to consider before, during, and after your swim.

How Long Does It Take For The Water To Regenerate?

Nowadays, I prefer to use a saltwater pool cleanser with a hypochlorite component, as opposed to just plain tap water. These products are much more effective at removing excess oils and particles from the water. But sometimes, especially when I’m feeling lazy, I’ll just use tap water and avoid anything with chemicals in it. Even with hypochlorite and regular water changes, it still takes a few days, and sometimes a few more, for my pool water to look and feel like new again. Sometimes the whole process can take as long as a week. This is all dependent on the amount of dirt and grime that was accumulated during the previous week.

How Often Should You Be Changing The Water?

Chlorine is very good at killing off bacteria and fungi, which makes it a natural disinfectant, but it also causes algae to grow exponentially. If you don’t want to see chunks of green slime in your pool, then you need to keep up with the chlorine levels by replacing it regularly. Too many times, people will try to save money by skipping a pool cleaning, or worse, using bleach or other similar chemicals, thinking that these will do the trick. But these chemicals don’t kill off the algae quickly enough, and in the long term, they’re very harmful to the environment.

Algae doesn’t just relate to bad odors either. There’s been some pretty serious cases of people getting sick from eating algae. Because green algae are the most common source of algae in water bodies, it’s considered a significant food source for fish and other water creatures. Eating algae can cause digestive problems or other adverse effects. Fortunately, these are very rare situations, but it’s still something to be careful about. Especially since you can’t always trust how disgusting or safe something is just because it looks appetizing.

What Size Tank Should You Get?

Once you’ve decided that you’re going to have a pool in your backyard, the next step is to determine the size of the pool you need to have. There are several factors to consider, which we’ll get into more in detail in a bit, but first let’s just discuss how much space you have to work with. There are three basic measurements to work with:

  • Depth – How deep is the water in your pool?
  • Width – How wide is the area where the water can spread out?
  • Length – How long is the pool itself?

The first thing you need to do is figure out how much space you have to work with in terms of depth, width, and length. When choosing a pool, you want to make sure that you have enough room to comfortably accommodate all of your friends and family, as well as plenty of lounge chairs and other pool furniture. If you have a cement or wooden deck surrounding the pool, this will determine the overall width of your pool. If there isn’t any sort of perimeter around the pool, then it’s a matter of depth and length.

Once you’ve obtained this information, the next step is to figure out how much space you have for each individual dimension. The general rule of thumb for in-ground pools is 1.8 metres (or 6 feet) of headroom for every year of age. This will ensure that you have enough room to comfortably swim and still have sufficient air space above you. Never, ever, under any circumstances, get a pool that is less than 1.8 metres in height. This could lead to serious health issues for you and your family. Plus, it’s very hard to relax in a pool that’s less than a few inches higher than your head. It creates an awful dipping feeling when you’re trying to lounge around.

Once you’ve calculated the overall width and length of your pool and determined the proper headroom, it’s time to move on to the next step: figuring out how much space you have for each individual pool dimension. When choosing a pool, it’s important to consider how often you’ll use it. If you have a very large pool that you rarely get in, it might be a good idea to get a single spa pool. These are perfect for families, especially since they don’t take up as much room as a traditional pool. You can also get a few smaller pools and make it a family vacation!

So how much space do you have for each dimension? Once you’ve got that, it’s quite easy to work out the total amount of space you have for both the adult and child’s portions of the pool. You’ll need to subtract any kind of space you have between the pool and the house, because this is also part of the pool area. You can also figure out the exact location of the pool area with the help of a reliable surveyor or professional land surveyor.

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