A swimming pool is only as good as the condition of the water inside it. Nobody wants to take a dip into murky, smelly water. In contrast, people find the prospect of swimming in a sparkling pool exciting.
If you want to keep your pool in pristine condition, here are some pool maintenance tips you need to know.
Skim and Scrub Regularly
As monotonous and cumbersome as they seem, you can’t keep your pool clean without regular skimming and scrubbing.
Skimming involves removing leaves and other debris floating on the surface of the water. Ideally, it would be best to do this three times a week or more frequently during autumn.
On the other hand, scrubbing is a more thorough process intended for removing algae and mould. It doesn’t need to be done as often a skimming. When scrubbing, pay attention to any growth and use a wire brush to remove it. If you encounter stubborn spots, place a sock filled with chlorine over it and let it sit for a few hours. The chlorine will break the algae down such that you can scrub it easily.
Clean the Pool Filter
Many homeowners overlook cleaning their swimming pool filters. Failing to observe this critical maintenance practice causes several problems, including a faulty heater, a defective salt system, green water due to low chlorine levels, and the inability to clean the pool’s floor. If these issues persist, your pool can become unusable.
Check Water Chemistry
It’s vital to check the chemical composition of your swimming pool water. When the chemistry isn’t right, the water becomes corrosive, causing damage to pool equipment, decks, and walls.
Ensure that you test your swimming pool at least once monthly and make the recommended adjustments following the findings of the test.
‘Shock’ Your Pool
‘Shocking’ is a process where you increase the chemical levels in your swimming pool, albeit temporarily. Its objective is to eliminate bacteria and other pathogens. That said, shocking can damage your pool equipment, meaning you should do it a few times yearly.
Maintain Water Levels
During summer, water levels are likely to go down due to excessive pool use and evaporation. When it’s raining, water levels can increase significantly. The problem with too little or too much water is that it upsets the chemical balance.
Always ensure that the water levels don’t go below the skimmer. Use a garden hose to replenish it to the required level.
Use a Tennis Ball
Although it seems unusual, a tennis ball can help you keep your swimming pool clean. When you drop a tennis ball into the water, it absorbs any oils inside it. These oils usually come from swimmers’ sweat, suntan and other body lotions or hair products.
It’s advisable to hire professionals to clean your pool once yearly. This is because they have the knowledge, experience, and equipment that ensures your pool lasts for many years. They can service its components, including heating systems, pumps, and filters.
As summer approaches, you don’t want to get caught up in the last-minute rush to get your pool ready for use. By observing the tips mentioned above, your swimming pool will always be in good condition. More importantly, it will be safe, and the money you invest won’t go to waste.