pool & spa tips
WATER TESTING & CHEMICALS
The best way to have a crystal clear water is prevention. Here are some tips to help keep your pool and spa sparkly! Trevi Pools & Spas also offers difference maintenance packages, so you can go on enjoying your pool / spa without the hassle.
Whether you choose to use chemicals or an electrical device to disinfect your pool or spa, you should maintain a minimal concentration of disinfectant to prevent the proliferation of microorganisms that cause disease.
The exact quantity of disinfectant you will need depends on many changing factors such as the number of bathers, the frequency of use, water contamination by substances such as suntan oils and creams, the water temperature and the recent amount of rainfall. Also, adequate water balance (levels of disinfectant, pH, total alkalinity and calcium hardness) as well as a proper concentration of copper sulphide-based algaecide must be maintained to keep the water surface clean.
In addition to using the chemical or device according to the instructions on the label, you must test the water every day to determine if the sanitizer level in your pool or spa is sufficient to protect bathers against micro-organisms of disease. You can analyze the water using a good quality test kit, or simply bring a water sample to a Trevi Pools & Spas store.
Warm temperatures, sunlight and low levels of disinfectant can also promote the development of algae. Algae are usually not harmful to humans, but they can still present a potential danger by making the surfaces of the pool and hot tub slippery and the water cloudy. Algae can also decrease the effectiveness of disinfectants, since they will be devoted mainly to control algae instead of treating the harmful bacteria and viruses that may be in the water. A reduced rate of disinfectant also promotes the growth of bacteria and viruses. Regular use of a disinfectant should prevent the excessive growth of algae. However, you may also need to use algaecides, such as products made from copper sulphate or quaternary ammonium chloride, should you be faced with a significant presence of algae. Devices that spread metal ions through pool or spa water may also control the presence of algae.
TIPS FOR USING CHEMICALS IN YOUR POOL/SPA
Read the instructions and warnings listed on the label before using these products.
Do not smoke, do not eat food and do not drink during application of a chemical.
Never mix these products with other chemicals.
Always wash your hands thoroughly after manipulating chemicals for pools and spas.
Clean all surfaces that may encounter food, such as kitchen counters, tables and stoves.
Always store pesticides out of reach of children and pets and away from food and drinks.
Always read and follow the instructions on the product label concerning proper storage procedures.