Those of us lucky enough to enjoy a pool in the warm climate of Yucatán live with the duty of keeping it safe and clean.
There are different chemical products to improve and maintain the quality of the water. But which are absolutely necessary for a proper pool experience? And what’s the best way to use them?
Here’s our checklist on pool maintenance supplies.
- Chlorine: Chlorine is responsible for eliminating a wide range of pathogens. It is an economical disinfectant that has been used for years in water treatment. It can be used in powder form, liquid form, or most commonly, chlorine tablets. It is recommended to be added once or twice a week.
- Bromine: Bromine is the number one alternative to chlorine. This chemical is known to be a sanitizer, oxidizer, and algaecide for swimming pools, and works better in warmer temperatures. Although this option tends to be more expensive, it’s gentler in our skin and clothes.
- Clarifiers: These products help the filter and/or skimmer absorb the smallest particles. They prevent turbidity and the appearance of foam, in addition to eliminating the remains of oils or creams that may be floating in the water. It is recommended to use them weekly.
- Acid: One of the most critical levels to check in your pool is the pH balance. If your pH is higher than 7.8, your pool water is too alkaline. High water alkalinity can cause cloudy water, scaling, and calcium buildup. Muriatic acid is a cheap, effective solution to lower your pool’s pH and alkalinity.
- Algaecide: Algae can appear even if the pool is disinfected. It can be caused by chemical residues or external agents such as plants or trees located around the pool, rain, temperature changes, etc. The way to prevent this development is the weekly use of a phosphate remover.
Although prices can vary widely depending on pool size and location, the approximate annual cost of chemicals varies from $15,000.00 to $20,000.00 MXN approximately.
However, if you’re thinking of hiring someone to help you do the heavy lifting- scrubbing, checking the PH of the water and adding the chemicals-, prices range from about $80-150 MXN per service, which ideally should be done once a week or every 15 days.
Whether we choose to hire professional help or we prefer to do it ourselves, taking care of our water will help reduce its consumption and take full advantage of the benefits of our pool.