Sep 23, 2016
Pool Maintenance: Keeping Your Swimming Pool Healthy
Hot Summer days and warm evenings mean your swimming pool is getting used a lot! Regular pool maintenance is the key to keeping your pool healthy. It doesn’t have to be a daunting task, though. There are several tips that you can do yourself, to avoid repair and damage to your pool:
- Skim the Scum: If your pool isn’t covered, you’ll need to skim its surface. This should be done twice a week, at least. Drag a long-handled net over the surface to collect bugs, leaves and other debris. You’ll help your pool’s circulation system and have to use less chlorine by being consistent with this chore. Once a week, clean out the strainer baskets, as well.
- Vacuum & Brush: After skimming the scum, grab your pool vacuum. This should be done once a week. If you don’t have a pool vacuum, make sure you brush the tiles and walls thoroughly. This gets rid of buildup, calcium deposits and algae.
- Clean the filter: No matter what type of filter you have, it needs to be checked once a week. Keep this tip in mind – a clean filter is less efficient. You want a small amount of buildup in your filter, to help grab other particles and dirt. Never clean your filter more than the product recommends. This is one of the quickest and easiest pool maintenance tips.
- Keep it full: Evaporation and swimming both cause your water level to drop. When you’re skimming and cleaning, take a moment to check on the water level. If it falls below the skimmer level, use your garden hose to fill it back up. The pump can be severely damaged if the pool doesn’t have enough water in it.
- Leak checking: Are the water levels lower because of evaporation and normal swimming activities, or could there be a leak? A plastic bucket can help you determine the difference. Fill the bucket 3/4 of the way with water. Mark that line on the inside of the bucket. Put it back in the pool and let it float away for a few days. Now, check the water levels in the bucket and the pool. If the levels are the same, evaporation is the cause. If the pool’s level is lower, you might have a leak. Call a professional to fix the leak.
- Draining: Draining your pool will help you give it a deep cleaning and you’ll be able to observe problems easier. Once the swimming season is over, most people drain their pools. Consider filling it during the Winter season. With temperature changes, the ground below the pool will contract and contract. The weight of a full pool will help keep the walls and bottom safe from cracking.
- Test the water: the pH of your pool is something that should be tested once a week. Grab your testing kit and make sure the reading is between 7:2 and 7:8 for a safe pool.
With simple, quick chores weekly, you can be sure your pool’s health is in tip-top shape. Pool maintenance will keep your family swimming in a clean, safe area. Avoid costly repairs by following easy rules for your pool, and enjoy it more!