Want a crystal-clear swimming pool? Keeping your pool clear and sparkling isn’t as complicated as you might think it is. Maintaining your pool well will aid you to prevent many health problems like a bacterial infestation and also help you to remove obstinate stains from tiles or other places of the pool.
All pools are different and require different maintenance needs. Sometimes you need to hire a pool service company but at times you can do a few things by yourself to make sure your pool stays in good condition. Read these maintenance tips for an everlasting beautiful and clean pool.
Look Over Your Pool Chemistry
Always check your pool chemistry once or twice a week in summer months, or once every week in winter if you still use the pool. Test strips and kits are easily available which checks how chemically balanced the pool water is.
The required pH level of your pool is between 7.2 and 7.8. The optimal pH level is 7.4 to create a comfortable and safe environment for the swimmers. Lower pH level means you don’t have to add more chlorine in your pool. The rise of pH level makes the chlorine less active.
Control the pH levels properly and ask the maintenance expert at your local pool to suggest methods of pH control.
Clear the Skimmer Basket
The skimmer basket is attached to the side of the pool to skim the surface of the pool before any contaminants become saturated, heavy, and float down to the bottom of the water. For effective results, make sure that you clear the skimmer basket regularly. Open up the panel of the skimmer, remove the skimmer basket, empty all the contents, and set it back on its place. The basket should be cleared at all times.
Empty the Hair and Lint Pot
The hair and lint pot is present right inside your pump and needs regular cleaning depending on how many people use the pool. To clean it, turn off the pump and release pressure on the system.
Vacuum the Pool
Vacuum your pool every week to keep the water clear and reduce the number of chemicals you need to add to it. Work the vacuum back and forth on the surface of the pool like vacuuming a carpet. Brushing the tiles and walls help to reduce algae buildup and calcium deposits.
Clean Your Pool Filter
There are three main kinds of filters and all of them require a different maintenance procedure. Cleaning the filter more often hinders the actual filtration process and can save on pool cleaning supplies. An absolutely clean filter is less efficient than a slightly dirty one because the dirt helps trap other particles. An increase in flow between the pressure gauge and flow meter is a sign to clean the filter. Clean it when the filter reaches 10 to 15 pounds per square inch.
Service the Pool Heater
Pool heaters require the least maintenance out of all the pool equipment. Gas and electric heaters work fine without being serviced for a couple of years. Read your manufacturer’s manual for care instructions. Sometimes, there is a calcium buildup inside the tubes of the heater that restricts flow and prevents the water to heat adequately. In such cases appoint a professional because the heater may need to be disassembled and have its tubes cleaned out with a wire brush or acid.
Maintain Water Level
A lot of water is lost throughout the swimming season mainly because of evaporation, and normal wear and tear, like swimming, splashing, exiting the pool. The best time to check the water level is when you remove debris with a skimmer. Make sure it doesn’t fall below the level of the skimmer, or the pump could be damaged.
When you empty your pool to perform maintenance, don’t let the pool sit empty too long. It’s best to leave water in the pool throughout the winter season.
A well-maintained pool will guard you against adverse effects of pool chemicals, won’t let the algae grow, and save your thousands of dollars on pool renovation. In this article, we have congregated the tips for you that will help you to maintain your pool properly.