13 January 2016
Reducing pool chemical consumption
One of the main products needed for the upkeep of your swimming pool are chemicals - they play a number of key roles when it comes to disinfecting and sterilising the water and are vital to ensure your pool is clean and safe for regular use. There are good practice guidelines for treating pools with the right chemicals, but sometimes simple steps are overlooked, or mistakes made that lead to inefficient use of chemicals which in turn leads to unnecessary cost. This blog gives tips to help you avoid this.
Even if your pool is serviced weekly by a regular pool engineer, you can benefit from our general tips and keep your expenditure on chemicals where it should be! These tips will not only save on chemicals, but also make your pool cleaner and more energy-efficient.
Shower before you swim
We’ll start with the most straightforward tip: have a shower before you swim! Iceland is well-known for its abundance of clean pools across the country. These pools use low levels of chemicals, and yet the country has some of the cleanest water in the world – in large part it’s thanks to its pre-swim showering policy.
Signposts in all public pools instruct swimmers to shower – 'sans swimsuit' – before entering the pool, and there are changing room stewards to ensure everyone follows the rules – that’s how important that shower is! Showering before getting into a pool reduces the amount of body fats and microbes that are naturally deposited in the water, and therefore the amount of chemicals needed to sanitise the pool.
You don’t need to hire a guard to ensure your pool users shower, but having a simple ‘shower before you swim’ rule for all the family and guests will keep your pool water much healthier and cleaner – cleaner water requires less chemicals which equals less expenditure on chemicals.
Invest in a quality pool cover
Another obvious way of reducing running and maintenance costs is to invest in a quality pool cover. Pool covers offer a number of significant advantages, including sunlight and debris protection for outdoor pools, and heat conservation for both indoor and outdoor pools.
As pool water tends to get colder overnight, using a solar pool cover can help retain heat from the sun and prevent water evaporating from heat loss. A cover reduces exposure to sunlight, which is important as too much UV exposure can promote algae growth, again, leading to a demand for more chemical use to destroy algae.
Pool covers help keep outdoor pools clean throughout the year, especially when winter comes. ‘Winterproofing’ your pool with a winter pool cover means that, when it’s time to re-open the pool in spring, your service engineer doesn’t have to use a lot of chemicals to counteract problems that fallen debris will undoubtedly cause to the water.
Check your chlorine stabiliser level regularly
Chlorine stabiliser is a chemical that, like a pool cover, protects the chlorine in your pool water from the damaging rays of the sun. Chlorine stabiliser will ensure the chlorine lasts longer in order to keep the water sanitised.
Manage a healthy water chemistry
There’s no substitute for regularly maintaining and managing a healthy pool chemistry (a pool engineer does this as a matter of course). Taking the following steps can minimise the amount of chemicals needed:
- Shock your pool on a weekly basis
- Clean the filter, taking care to also remove waste from the skimmer basket and skimmer – this will allow water to flow freely and enable optimal functioning of your pool equipment
- Adjust the pool heater’s temperature and turn it off when it’s not in use. You can also install a timer to manage this.
- Consider switching from a sand to glass media filter when your sand filter is due a change. Glass filters have a longer life cycle (up to 10 years), and provide even finer filtration and greater water clarity
- Ask your service engineer about replacing an outdated pump with a modern multi-speed pump. These can be programmed to run at lower speeds when the pool is not in use, making your pool more energy-efficient.
We hope you find these tips helpful. If you have any questions about caring for your pool or spa call Chris Walker, Head of Servicing at London Swimming Pool Company - 020 8605 1255.