Pool maintenance can be a pain and we understand it’s not always easy to keep up with the right chemical balance, cleaning skimmers, and protecting your pool from rain or storm-related damage.
It’s not always a breeze being a pool owner, but we’re here to give you the 4 common pool monitoring mistakes and how to avoid them:
- Forgetting to clean and calibrate your sensors
The majority of sensor users don’t realize that probes need to be cleaned or switched for new ones. Sensors should be calibrated to deliver accurate and stable measurements. When sensors are calibrated correctly once a month and tweaked/cleaned if necessary then eliminate any monitoring mistakes. If sensors aren’t reading correctly, you may not be checking them as often as you should. However, before throwing sensors away make sure to clean and calibrate first.
- Leaving sensors out during the winter
When the summer season is long gone, and temperatures drop, sensors may be affected and even freeze. When temperatures drop below freezing, liquids and gels inside the sensor body will also freeze. Unfortunately, sensors that have been frozen cannot be repaired and need a new one installed. However, when temperatures start to drop make sure to avoid leaving sensors out during the cold weather.
- Mistaking an ORP measurement for a direct chlorine ppm measurement
It’s important to measure the oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) so your pool is healthy and safe. By measuring the ORP you can see if your pool has the correct level of chlorine. An ORP measurement at a minimum should read 650mV. Chlorine is recommended at a level of 1.0 t0 3.0 ppm. Due to ORP measuring in millivolts and chlorine at parts per million can be confusing for pool owners. Make sure you’re reading measurements correctly for ORP and chlorine. Read more about chemical balances here.
- Forgetting about cyanuric acid
Cyanuric acid helps protect chlorine from dissolving under the sun’s UV rays. With the use of cyanuric acid, you can keep pool maintenance low because you don’t need to add chlorine on a daily basis. But forgetting the cyanuric acid throws chlorine balance off and makes pool owners have to add more over time.
Becoming aware of these four common pool monitoring mistakes can help pool owners stay on top of maintenance and avoid any pool pitfalls down the road. For more information about pool monitoring maintenance, visit our home page and learn about pHin, the 24/7 water monitoring device that ensures chemicals are always balanced to perfection.