It doesn’t need to be difficult to keep your pool clean. Each pool is different and requires different maintenance. They all have one thing in common: Regular. Routine care is the key to maintaining pristine pool health. You can fix common problems such as murky water and broken pumps by yourself, but you should always consult the manufacturer’s manuals before doing any repairs or using the equipment. You don’t have to rely on someone else to maintain your pool. However, there are some things you can do to make sure your pool lasts for many years.
10: Clean out Baskets and Skim Debris
One of the easiest and fastest ways to maintain a clean pool is to skim the surface every few days. Eventually, floating debris will sink and become more difficult to remove. To remove unwanted leaves, bugs, and other items, use a long-handled net known as a leaf skimmer or hand skimmer. Skimming greatly increases the pool’s efficiency and reduces the chlorine that you need. The strainer baskets should be cleaned at least once per week to improve circulation and reduce chlorine requirements. You will find strainer baskets on the sides of the aboveground and in the inground pool’s deck. You can remove the plastic basket by shaking it and spraying the interior with a hose to get rid of stubborn objects.
9: Vacuum the pool and brush walls and tile
To keep your pool clean and to reduce chemical use, you should vacuum it once a week. There are many pool vacuums. You can use a manual design to vacuum the pool. Move it around the pool as you would carpet cleaning. It is a good idea to overlap your strokes slightly. Each vacuum should check the filter and clean it as needed.
Vacuuming should not be the only maintenance you do once a week. The walls and tiles can be cleaned by brushing. This helps to prevent algae buildup and calcium deposits from festering and becoming bigger problems. The materials of your pool walls will dictate the type of tools that you use. For plaster-lined concrete pools, use a stiff brush and for vinyl or fiberglass walls, use a soft brush. To prevent grout from cracking or deterioration, use a soft brush for tiles. You can also use a pumice stone or putty knife and a mixture of water and muriatic acids.
8: Clean the Pool Filter
There are three types of pool filters available: cartridge, diatomaceous earth and sand. There are different maintenance methods for each type of pool filter, but all need to be cleaned periodically depending on how often the pool is used. The filtration process can be impeded if the filter is not cleaned as often as recommended. Because dirt traps other particles and removes them from the water, a clean filter will be less effective than a slightly dirty one. You don’t want the filter to get too dirty. An increase in flow between pressure gauge and flowmeter is a sign it’s time for cleaning. If the difference is between 10 and 15 pounds (4.5 to 6,8 kilograms) per square infiltration, clean the filter.
7: Service your Heater Professionally
Pool heaters are the most maintenance-intensive pool equipment. While gas heaters are best for a few years, electric heaters will last much longer. For specific care instructions, consult your manufacturer’s manual. Calcium scales can build up in heater tubes and prevent water from heating properly. You should contact a professional if this happens. The heater might need to be disassembled and the tubes cleaned with a wire brush. Depending on how often your pool needs to be maintained, it may cost you $100 per month to hire someone to service it.
6: Maintain and Check Water Level
Evaporation and normal wear and tears, like swimming, splashing, and exiting the pool, will cause a lot of water to evaporate. You can also check the water level by removing any debris from the skimmer during the week. It should not fall below the level set by the skimmer, or the pump may be damaged. To bring the water up to safety levels, you can use a garden hose.
It would be best to drain the pool after the swimming season is over to ensure that it doesn’t sit empty for too long. It is best to keep water in a pool during winter as the weight of the water will counteract the forces from the ground pressing down on the pool below.
- Maintain the pH Level
To ensure that your pool water is safe and clean, it should be tested regularly. The pH scale measures acidity and alkalinity. It ranges from 0 to 14. The ideal pH range is between 7.2 to 7.8. This is safe for swimmers and allows sanitizers to work at their best.
A pool testing kit can be used to monitor the pH level of your pool. There are many pool testing kits, but most homeowners use either test strips or reagent kits. It is easy to use reagent kit. Take a small amount of pool water and add liquids or tablets. The color of the water will change to indicate its chemical balance. Different test-strips work. After dipping them into the pool, the dyes in them will change their color. Then, match the strips to a color chart to determine the pH level of the pool. This information will help you determine the chemical needs of your pool.
4: Supercholorinate water
Over time, organic contaminants such as ammonia and nitrogen can build up in pools. These contaminants can react with the pool’s chlorine to create chloramines. This gives off that strong chlorine smell many people associate with swimming pools. This odor can be eliminated by super chlorinating (or shock) pool water to normal chlorine levels. Although it might seem counterintuitive, chlorine can be used to eliminate the unwanted odor. Some pools need to be shocked every week, while others may require shocks for longer periods. To get the best results, follow the manufacturer’s instructions before super chlorinating your swimming pool.
- Find and Repair Leaks
It can sometimes be difficult to tell if the low water level is due to evaporation or a leak. A simple bucket test can help you find leaks in your pool. Fill plastic container three-quarters full with water. Mark the water line on the bucket’s inside. Mark the water line at the bottom of the bucket. To ensure that the bucket is stable while floating, take off any handle. Allow it to float for 2 or 3 days. Your pool may be losing water from evaporation if the water level outside and inside the bucket is the same. If the pool water level is lower than the inside of the bucket, it could be a sign that your pool is leaking. This is the time to contact a professional to get it fixed.
2: Winterize Your Pool
Your location will determine whether you winterize your pool. You should take precautions if your area experiences temperatures below freezing. The remaining pool water can cause damage by freezing in pipes. Use an air compressor to drain the pool’s water pipes after swimming season ends. Drain as much water from the heater and filter as you can. Nontoxic antifreeze can be used to eliminate any remaining water. This is different than antifreeze designed for vehicles. The heater, pump, and chemical feeders should be disconnected.
Clean the pool by skimming, brushing walls, vacuuming, emptying skimmer baskets and closing the skimmer valve. Lower the water level to 18 inches (45 cm) below the coping. Finally, cover the pool with a towel to catch any debris.
1: Open Your Pool to Swim Season
A properly winterized pool can be easily reopened for swimming when it is ready. The most important thing is to clean the surrounding area of the pool before you remove the cover. To prevent debris from entering the pool, sweep or hose it away. Next, fill the pool with a garden hose. All devices that were disconnected should be reconnected. The circulation system will require water to flow, so turn on the skimmer valve. The pool should be tested for pH levels. It will take several weeks before the pool is balanced and swimmable. You can leave the pump on 24 hours per day and reduce the run time by an hour or so each day.