The idea of putting up a swimming pool in your backyard is glamorous indeed It attracts more guests and makes gatherings and parties more memorable.
But, one important thing to consider when you have a swimming pool at home is how you should maintain its cleanliness.
Nobody would want murky water and floating dirt in their pool.
As a pool owner, you should have a clear plan for keeping the pool clean and well-maintained throughout the year, not just during the summer.
Here are 9 pool cleaning tips that can help you clean your pool like an expert.
2.Brush the pool sides.
3.Vacuum at least once a week.
4.Clean the pool filter.
5.Make sure your pool’s chemicals are at constant levels.
6.Check and maintain the water level.
7.Use a tennis ball to absorb oils.
8.Repair leaks if there are any.
9.Service the heater.
Tip No. 1: Skim daily.
A net skimmer should be used every day to remove leaves and debris from the water's surface.
Floating debris will eventually sink, making cleaning more difficult. This is why skimming is recommended every day.
Remove leaves, bugs, and other unwanted particles with a long-handled net known as a hand skimmer or leaf skimmer.
Skimming improves the effectiveness of the pool's circulation system while also reducing the quantity of chlorine you'll need to apply later on.
Tip No. 2: Brush the pool sides.
Tip No. 3: Vacuum at least once a week.
After you've removed any evident debris, clean the pool's sides, as well as any stairs or ladders, with a pool brush. This should be done at least once a week.
Simply attach the pool brush to a telescopic pole and sweep it over these regions, applying some force as needed to eliminate filth.
Keep in mind that locations with poor water circulation, such as stairwells, may require extra care. In these areas, you have to double up in brushing to ensure that all unnecessary debris is removed and all areas are covered.
Doing this once every other week is plenty. To keep your siding appearing fresh and clean, just inspect for any algae growth and scrape them away with a scrub brush.
For algae growth that can’t easily be removed, use an old sock. Fill it halfway with chlorine and let it on top of the stain for a few hours before scrubbing again.
The algae will be consumed by chlorine, making the area spic-and-span!
Tip No. 3: Vacuum at least once a week.
The bottom of a swimming pool collects a lot of dirt and microorganisms. To maintain your pool clean and safe to use, you should vacuum it at least once a week.
Pool vacuums come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
If your pool has a manual design, move it back and forth across the pool's surface as if vacuuming a carpet. Each stroke should be slightly overlapped.
Every time you vacuum, check the filter and clean it if required.
Tip No. 4: Clean the pool filter.
Your pool's filter is responsible for eliminating pollutants from the water, much as your kidneys are responsible for removing impurities from your body.
Pool filters come in three varieties: cartridge, sand, and diatomaceous earth. While each kind has its own set of maintenance requirements, depending on the type of filter and how often a pool is used, they all require periodic cleaning.
Cleaning the filter more frequently than advised might actually make the filtration process more difficult. This is because dirt helps trap other particles, which eliminates junk from the water.
But, you don't want to allow the filter to become too dirty, too. This is why you also have to check your pool filter from time to time.
Tip No. 5: Make sure your pool’s chemicals are at constant levels
One of the most important factors of pool maintenance is chemical levels.
Water that isn't correctly balanced appears muddy, hurts skin and eyes, and can turn your pool into a bacteria breeding ground.
At the very least, you should test the water once a week, to make sure that your chemicals are at constant levels.
To do so, simply go to your local pool store and get a couple of testing kits.
Fill it with a sample of the water in your pool. Close the vials after adding the given solution to the testing kit.
After a few seconds, the color of the sample water will change, and you should be able to identify the current chemical levels by comparing the sample water to the colors on the testing kit.
Alter the values as needed.
For you to conclude that all the chemicals are balanced, the water should be perfectly clear, odorless, and leave very little residue on your skin.
Tip No. 6: Check and maintain the water level.
It is already a given that a significant amount of water in swimming pools will be lost due to evaporation and typical reasons, such as swimming, splashing, and people departing the pool.
Throughout the week, when you use your skimmer to remove debris, it's also a good opportunity to check the water level. Make sure it doesn't go below the skimmer's level, otherwise the pump will be destroyed.
Bring the water level up to safe levels if it is low.
If you need to drain your pool for maintenance or after the swimming season has ended, don't leave it empty for too long.
As a general rule, it's ideal to leave water in a pool throughout winter since the weight of the water balances out the pressures from below pressing up against the pool.
Tip No. 7: Use a tennis ball to absorb oils.
Consider how much sunscreen, suntan oil, conditioner, and natural oils from our skin may be washed away when swimming.
These oils clog your filters and produce a greasy sheen on the water. They also build up all around the waterline.
To absorb these oils, a tennis ball can do the trick.
Tennis balls have natural fibers that may absorb oils, so put one or two into the skimmer basket or directly into the pool.
When the balls begin to show signs of wear and tear, replace them and repeat the process until you can no longer see oils trapped in the balls’ fibers.
Tip No. 8: Repair leaks if there are any.
A simple bucket test may be used to detect leaks in your pool.
You can do this by filling a three-quarters-full plastic bucket with water.
Mark the water line on the inside of the bucket. Then place the bucket in the pool, then draw a line around the outside of the container to represent the waterline.
If your bucket has a handle, you may remove it to improve floating stability. Then allow two or three days for it to float.
Your pool is losing water due to evaporation if the water level inside and outside the bucket has decreased by the same amount.
Your pool, on the other hand, has a leak if the water level in the pool is lower than the water in the bucket. That's your cue to call a professional and get it fixed.
Tip No. 9: Service the heater.
Pool heaters, on average, need the least amount of maintenance of any pool component. Gas heaters can survive for several years without needing to be maintained, while electric heaters can last much longer.
Specific care recommendations may be found in your manufacturer's handbook.
Calcium scales can build up inside a heater's tubes and limit flow, preventing the water from heating sufficiently. If this occurs, you may call a professional, since the heater may need to be removed and the tubes cleaned out with a wire brush or acid.
Consult Pool Maintenance Professionals
With all these tips, it’s best to consult professionals so that any “hows” and “whys” regarding pool maintenance will be addressed right away.
For instance, you can be following all these DIY tips for the first time. But at some point, you may find yourself overwhelmed with chemical issues or a heater that’s in need of repair.
Whatever your problem with your pool is, there’s expert help at the tip of your fingers.
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