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Having your own backyard pool in South Florida could almost be considered essential if you want to survive the heat and humidity that occurs here on a daily basis. However, simply being lucky enough to have your own pool is not enough – it must be carefully maintained and cared for in order to ensure that its living up to its maximum potential. If not, the highlight of your home and backyard area can quickly become a breeding ground for dangerous mold, mildew, and bacteria.

Hiring a professional pool cleaner for regular maintenance is helpful but it can also be extremely expensive over time. Learning how to care for your pool on your own, on the other hand, can allow you to get hands-on while saving you a great deal of money in the long run as well. One of the first and most important things you’ll need to consider is how you are going to keep the water in your pool clean and safe.

When it comes to cleaning the water in your pool and keeping it that way you can consider the following options:

  • Chlorine exchanges – this is the most commonly used method for keeping pools clean and free of pathogens and bacteria. Adding a chlorine solution to your pool is effective because the chemical reaction which occurs both kills microorganisms and bacteria that are present while also leaving the chlorine in a state that is harmless to humans. On the other hand, chlorine solutions break down quickly and must be replenished on a regular basis, in addition to the fact that chlorine can cause skin and eye irritation for people who are particularly sensitive to it.
  • Pool salt – this method cannot be used in just any pool, but involves the addition of a specialized system which utilizes electrolysis in the presence of salt to create certain chemical sanitizing agents. While the results are not completely free of chlorine, saltwater pools can be easier on the skin and eyes. And, because you don’t have to add chemical solutions to your pool on a regular basis, this method can be considered much more low-maintenance.
  • Shock treatments – this method, which is sometimes known as super chlorinating, is an important part of regular pool maintenance. During a shock treatment, three to five times the usual amount of chlorine or similar chemical sanitizer is added to the pool water, causing a drastic spike in chlorine levels for a short burst of time. This will help the chlorine that is present between shock treatments to stay effective and will also kill any currently present organic material as well.

For a one stop shop in South Florida to take care of all your DIY pool care needs, pay us a visit at Shell Lumber & Hardware in Miami or call us anytime at (305) 856-6401. In addition to our plentiful supply of chlorine exchanges, pool salts, and shock treatments, we would also be happy to test any water samples that you bring in for proper chlorine levels.


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