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      Keep your pool water sparkling clean with required pool maintenance

      While it might be interesting if you're learning about the properties of slime for a school science fair, green pool water is just yucky. The primary difference between your backyard swimming pool and a murky pond is water circulation and chlorination. If you aren't prepared to keep up with required pool maintenance, your pool will become the breeding ground for bacteria and marine organisms like algae and plankton.

      Regular pool cleaning is a sure way to keep the water free of debris and organic pollutants. Of course, you can use a skimmer net to remove leaves, twigs and insects from the surface. Your filter and pool pump work together to remove larger, visible particulate from the water. Water is sucked through a skimmer and into the filter where the water makes its way through the filtration system; the pump then sends the clean filtered water back into the pool for healthier swimming.

      Even if you're running the filter and vacuuming the pool regularly to keep the water clean, external factors can contribute to a chemical imbalance in the water. For example, if you don't have time to cover your pool before a summer thunderstorm rolls in, the acid from heavy rain will mix with pool water and cause a disturbance in the chlorine-pH balance. This will turn the water extremely cloudy, making it hard to see the bottom of the pool. If algae builds up on the walls, use a pool brush to gently clean the sides then wait for the algae and other small particles to settle at the bottom of the pool before cleaning.

      Once the liner is scrubbed, and particles settle at the floor of the pool, you can use your pool vacuum for easier cleaning. Of course, if the water is cloudy and green, you'll probably have to shock the water. There are a ton of pool chemicals out there that will restore the proper chlorine-pH balance, and shock is probably the best. Once chlorine is added to the water and attaches to bacteria or other swimmer pollutants, it becomes combined chlorine, and still exists in the water but loses its ability to sanitize. Shock is essentially a dramatic dose of chlorine and should be added to the water after heavy use or a bad thunderstorm.

      Regular pool maintenance is required, but it doesn't have to be a headache. Promote healthy swimming by using the filter to keep water in motion. The key to pool maintenance is to keep the water balanced. Use a testing kit to ensure that chemical levels are where they should be, and your pool water will stay crystal clear longer.

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