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Swimming pools can be as unique as their owners – each requiring different methods to keep them clean according to the type, size environment, features, etc. 

Following on from Four Pool Cleanliness and Health Myths Busted, we bust a few more myths regarding the maintenance of your swimming pool.

1. Pools are not energy efficient

Pool pumps and filters are more efficient these days than in the past.

There are also options such as the use of solar power with your swimming pool for heating.  You can add a cover to the pool which reduces water evaporation and helps the water retain heat, as evaporation is the largest source of energy loss because you have to replace and reheat the water.

Energy saving practises include only heating the water when you are actually going to use it rather than keeping it at a constant temperature.

A cover keeps the debris out, which provides less wear on the filter system.

2. Chorine is unsafe

Chlorine is safe for swimming pool use as long as quantities are measured and amount of organic compounds found in the water are kept at safe levels.

3. Saltwater pools don’t require other chemicals

This is incorrect because all pools still need to have proper pH, total alkalinity, calcium hardness and stabilizer levels. They also need to be shocked on a regular basis.  Concerns about chlorine lead people to consider saltwater pools but salt cannot sanitise a pool on its own and  saltwater chlorinators break the salt down into chlorine anyway.

4. The best way to clean your pool is to drain it

It seems logical that the best way to clean the green water from your pool and scrub the walls of the pool is to drain and refill it

This can be costly in terms of water usage, and in some instances it can cause structural damage to your pool as your pool is designed to hold all that water. The best way to clean it is to use proper chemicals, scrub and vacuum it.

5. You can use baking soda and other household cleaners in your pool

Some people try to use baking soda to increase the ph level in their pool but it has a different chemical makeup to recommended pool chemicals.  To prevent damage to your pool’s water and structure, use chemicals specifically developed for the job