The children’s pools are designed for the little ones and, therefore, the dimensions are very small. By having so little water, it can get dirty and heat quickly. If this situation is not monitored and the water is treated in some way, the pool can become a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and germs. Here we tell you how to prevent this from happening and we give you some small pool maintenance tricks.
As a general rule, when one is going to buy a children’s pool, it does not include any type of treatment plant (at least the smallest ones). When the water is dirty, it empties and fills again. But of course, changing the water every time it is not in condition, besides assuming a significant waste of water and an economic outlay, is not an action that is too respectful of the environment.
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We propose the following tips:
1.- Regulate the pH level
The pH measurement is carried out very easily using a “pH Tester”. It is very economical and you can find it in any pool store. The measurement and regulation of the pH level must be carried out before anything else, since in this way the chemical products that we apply later will act more effectively.
2.- Apply chlorine
Chlorine is a water disinfectant that prevents the growth of microorganisms and is essential for the maintenance of swimming pools (small or large). To apply the chlorine, you can use a “chlorine dispenser”, which is a floating buoy where the chlorine tablets that are gradually dissolving are deposited inside. Chlorine dispensers usually carry, in the part that is submerged, a regulator (see photo) that allows to regulate the amount of chlorine that you want to dissolve (the larger the opening, the faster the tablet will dissolve). To learn more about the treatment of removable pools, click here.
3.- Cover the pool
When you are not going to use the pool, cover it with a plastic cover, if it is possible not to let sunlight. If it is opaque, it prevents photosynthesis from developing and seaweed proliferating (causing the water to look neglected, with green and cloudy water). In addition, with this cover you will also prevent dirt from falling inside: dust, insects, leaves, etc. (This trick is the one commonly used for small pool maintenance). You can also place an isothermal cover, although in this case it would not be opaque.
4.- Buy a cartridge filter
If your children’s pool is one that does not have any purification system, put a cartridge filter. In addition to filtering the particles that are dissolved in the water, you will help to mix the chlorine with the rest of the water. It may be that the pool is cheaper than the filter itself, but in the long run it will compensate you.
If you carry out the four tips mentioned above (at least the first 3!) They will help you solve most of the typical small pool maintenance problems.
Cartridge filters usually have a very low power that makes it impossible to use manual pool cleaners. In these cases, we can opt for a Ventury Pool Cleaner. It is a pool cleaner that does not require the suction force of a filter to absorb particles from the bottom of the pool. It works simply with the force exerted by the water in the hose that connects to the base. The impurities are retained in a cloth sock that is subsequently cleaned.
Ventury Pool Cleaner Kit for Children’s Pools.
If you need to renew your pool, choose to buy a Toi or Gre Pool (both are domestic manufacturers). Both one brand and the other have two types of swimming pools for children depending on the structure that makes it up: steel sheet and tubular structure. Click here to see a comparison of children’s pools.
Do you have more questions about how to treat the water in a children’s pool? Or do you want to share your tips and suggestions for the maintenance of small pools?
Water filtration and circulation
The filtering system in a pool is not that complicated either but we must understand the function of each element; Skimmers, sump, suction nozzle, discharge nozzles, pump, valve, prefilter and filter, electrical panel and piping system.
The filtration system are several devices that are responsible for clarifying the water and filtering it retaining those particles that we do not want them to be and returning a completely clean water.
It must be taken into account that in the maintenance of removable, prefabricated or small pools, they do not always have such a complex circulation system. Here we play what we have spent on construction or purchase.
How to maintain the filtering system of a pool?
The place and location of the pool – pool. We will have a better maintenance if it is surrounded by trees, grass or sand, than if it is surrounded by cement or wood, or if they are protected with pergolas or enclosed – automatic covers in the garden. (See article terrace enclosures, with useful tips and pergolas in the garden.
The time that the treatment plant will be running. The appropriate time would be that we at least pass all the water twice through the filter during the day. The switching on of a treatment plant is usually between 4 and 6 hours a day, if we see impurities and stains, then we will raise it to 7 – 8 Hours.
The pump may be the most important element of the entire installation. The amount of water that is capable of aspirating and boosting is called “flow” and that will go in relation to the volume of the pool:
- In modern pools we find the 6-way valve or key next to the filter that controls the different maintenance operations in the circuit; wash, rinse, drain, recirculation or bypass … etc. To understand its operation, we leave the following scheme:
- In the maintenance of the filter. Keep in mind that the slower the flow rate of the water that passes through the filter, the better the filtering will be… How to maintain and what to consider when using the filters?
- Sand filters: Rinse the filter backwash when the pressure increases from 8 PSI to 10 PSI from the initial reading.
- Diatomaceous filters: follow the filter instructions for backwashing.
- Cartridge filter: clean the filter following the filter instructions.
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