The very moment summer arrives, toy stores across the metro are already lined up with water inflatables. Big pools, small pools, floaters of all designs are displayed by the entrance, calling out to shoppers to buy them to beat the summer heat.
Falling for the Trap
We fell for it last year. It was our first summer out of the condo so we needed a way to let the kids cool off. We got this Intex Easy Set Above-Ground Pool, which was on sale. Last I checked, it’s still on sale this summer. 😛
As the name implies, it is very easy to set up. You just have to inflate the top ring and add water. The water will make the pool rise. It does take a really long time to fill up though, what with 600+ gallons of water!
It was so easy to fall for the sale and easy-to-setup trap. The catch however, was maintaining the water.
With no way of maintenance, it was only a matter of days before the water started getting cloudy, dirty, and smelly. We had to change the water every few days to keep it swimmable. It was a big waste of water (although we did use it to water the plants and flush the toilet) and a big hassle to keep changing that much water so we just kept it at a low level.
That was last summer.
This summer, I knew we had to do it differently.
We invested in this Intex Krystal Clear Filter Pump (P4500), which costs way more than the pool itself by the way. Huhuhu! We got this from the same store where we got the inflatable pool. It’s 110 volts but good thing a transformer was included.
To set it up, it’s just a matter of connecting the hose to the holes of the pool. The idea is that it gets the water from the pool, filters it through the machine and pours it back to the pool. There is a filter cartridge inside that can be replaced. I just get it out once in a while though to clean and brush it. I run the pump a couple of hours a day when the kids are not using the pool.
Having a filter is not enough though, I knew I needed some sort of chlorine to keep it free from bacteria. I had no idea where to get them. Good thing I found Ionix Industrial Sales online and they were able to help. I got a test kit (P650) and a kilo of Powder Chlorine (P200) from them.
As per their instruction, I needed to put just 1 teaspoon of powder chlorine everyday to maintain my 600 gallons of water. It’s important to note that granular chlorine must be added into a pail of water and not water into dry granular chlorine.
It’s been almost a month since we’ve started maintaining pool water and I’m happy to report that it’s still good to swim and play in.
Steps for pool maintenance:
- Regularly test chlorine level with test kit (free chlorine must be between 1.0 to 3.0 ppm to kill harmful germs and algae)
- Dilute correct amount of powder/granular chlorine in a pail of water and then pour it into the pool
- Run the filter pump everyday
- Scrub the pool liner regularly
- Catch floating debris with a net (I use a kitchen strainer)
- To break down chloramines and organic pollution or presence of algae in the pool, one may need to shock the pool. The dosage for this kind of pool is 1.5 tablespoons. It’s the same process as adding chlorine but at a higher dosage.
- Shock during the evening so that there is no chance of any chlorine-based shock being destroyed by the sun. Plus, one needs to wait 8 hours to swim after shocking with a chlorine-based shock.
- I haven’t tried shocking yet though. I’ll let you know when I do.