Natural pool care
Owning a swimming pool means fun in the sun, backyard parties, splashing and refreshment. It also means hours of maintenance and care and the handling of chemicals necessary to keep a pool clean and fresh. Most pool owners would love an alternative solution to the time consuming, chemical based method of pool maintenance they are currently using. What many people do not realize is that natural pool care alternatives are inexpensive, take less time and are healthier than the harsh elements found in the popular chemicals used in many pool care routines.
Pool maintenance can be complicated and elements such as water circulation, filtration, and balance must be taken care of. Pool water needs to circulate properly in order to get the most out of your pool care products. Run your pump and filter at least 10-12 hours a day. The pool's filter removes particles in the water and to work efficiently, it must be the right size for your pool, be in good repair and cleaned regularly. Pool water has a pH reading and contains certain mineral elements. The level of pH and the amount of minerals need to be just right. This is referred to as balanced water. If the balance of the water is off, it can cause problems - products you add for maintenance may not work properly, equipment and pool surfaces can be affected. Also, corrosion may etch away plaster surfaces, and scale (a deposit that builds up on the pool and inside the pipes and equipment)may form.
Chlorine can be hazardous to your health
While most people use chlorine or bromine based systems to sanitize the water in their pool, it is important to note that the use of this chemical has many drawbacks. Studies done on this harsh chemical suggest that it can cause asthma in children and is linked with adult health problems such as bladder and rectal cancer and may increase the chances of coronary heart disease. Chlorine is caustic and, although it is a superior sanitizer, attacking anything organic that it encounters; it also irritates the skin, hair and eyes of those swimming in it. Chlorine is toxic and hazardous to store. Added to the unhealthy components of chlorine, is the fact that it is hard to maintain the proper chemical balance in chlorine treated swimming pools because it is affected by water temperature, the number of swimmers, rain and other things - meaning that constant adjusting is required.
Ozone instead of chlorine
One natural pool care system that has already gained recognition in Europe is the ozone system, which works with oxygen to clean and sanitize swimming pool water. One of the oldest water technologies on the planet, ozone treated swimming pools are recognizable by their clear, odorless water. Not only does the use of ozone eliminate the production of chloro-organic compounds (caused by the use of chlorine) it also increases the overall effectiveness of your entire filtration system.
Ozone kills bacteria, viruses and protozoa, all without the damaging chemicals found in chlorine. It also prevents airborne endotoxins, which occur in standard chlorine water treatment, and does it without the odor of many other pool maintenance chemicals. This natural pool care system actually oxidizes and destroys oils and other contaminants in the water, kills molds and mildews and eliminates spores, yeasts and fungus. Ozone aids in filtration support and assists in the breakdown of organic waste materials through oxidation, however, ozone itself does not break down into irritating substances. Unused ozone remains dissolved in the water resulting in clean and sparkling swimming pools.
In addition to being a healthy alternative to chemically based pool systems, ozone systems are also low maintenance and less expensive. Pool owners will spend 40-60% less on pool chemicals and ozone is produced electrically so there are no on-going costs for chemicals or additives for the pool.
Natural pool care is healthier, less expensive and requires less maintenance than traditional pool maintenance systems.