For many homeowners, the idea of having a swimming pool at the house inspires dread at the thought of cleaning and maintenance. While pool care does require consistent upkeep, it doesn’t have to be as soul-sucking as you might think.
So, you have a pool. This can be a catalyst for many fun experiences at home for years to come, and it’s an exciting decision for any homeowner. Here are 5 swimming pool cleaning and care tips to help reduce stress and keep your focus on the fun of having a private pool:
- Remove debris regularly.
Using your hand or a net to skim the surface of your pool is one of the best habits you put to use for keeping your pool clean and looking good. Floating debris won’t stay on the surface for long before it sinks to the bottom, making it far more difficult to remove. This will compromise the aesthetic of your pool. You don’t want family members or guests to feel like they’re about to jump into an in-ground basin of gutter water after a storm. No one wants that. Removing debris quickly after it lands on the surface of the water will help enormously to maintain the overall look of your pool and reduce how often serious cleaning is required. This will also reduce the amount of chlorine needed for upkeep.
- Test your pool water.
This is important to do in order to make sure the water is safe to swim in. The pH balance and chlorine levels must be monitored regularly. Neglecting to do this can cause the water to become cloudy and ripe with bacteria. The bacteria can cause allergic reactions on the skin and in the eyes of swimmers. It’s generally recommended to check the check the alkaline levels of your pool every week, the pH balance of your pool every two days or so, and the sanitizer levels daily. Many wise pool owners bring a sample of their pool water in to a local pool store to have it checked every two weeks or so.
- Keep the pool filter clean.
This is pool maintenance 101. If the filter isn’t kept clean regularly, neither is the pool water. To protect the cleanliness of the water and the health of the swimmers, your filter should be cleaned whenever there’s an increase of around 10 to 15 pounds per square inch in flow between the pressure gauge and flow meter.
- Vacuum your pool.
Vacuuming your pool and brushing the walls and tiles every week will help maintain water clarity and reduce the chemicals needed to keep it clean. It can also prevent the growth of algae and prevent calcium deposits.
- Get your heater serviced professionally.
While most swimming pool upkeep can be done easily by most homeowners, you should leave the heater to the professionals. Calcium deposits can grow and build inside the tubes of the heater, and this is very difficult to clean without the help of a professional cleaning service.
Go to SwimEx or your local pool store to get started on a game plan for maintaining your swimming pool design and cleanliness. Once you set a regular maintenance schedule, you should find it easy to keep your pool in great condition and enjoy it for years to come.