Keeping your pool clean and sparkling doesn’t have to be time consuming. It is, however, one of the duties you sign on for when buying and installing a swimming pool.
Here are 5 important tips for maintaining the cleanliness and overall health of your pool:
Skim the surface of the pool every few days by hand to make sure ?that the surface stays clear of debris. This is one of the easiest ways to keep your pool clean in a few short minutes everyday. You can use a long handled net to skim out leaves and insects. It is a great way to increase the efficiency of your pool’s circulation system and it dramatically lowers the amount of chlorine you need to use.
Cleaning out strainer baskets should be something that you do at least once a week. This too helps to reduce the pool’s demand for chlorine and helps with general circulation. All you have to do is remove the basket, shake it out and spray down the inside with a garden hose to dislodge anything that’s stuck.
Vacuuming the pool once a week improve water clarity by magnitudes and again reduces the number of chemicals that you need to add to the water. Pool vacuums come in a wide range of styles. If you have a manual design, work it back and forth over the walls like you would a vacuum on a carpet to clean off any scum or algae that may be growing.
Brush the walls.
Vacuuming, in combination with brushing, is the best way to keep your walls clean. Brushing also helps to get rid of algae and calcium build up which can become a health hazard in the pool. Certain brushes are recommended for certain pools. If you have a plaster-lined concrete pool, a stiff brush works best. Use a soft brush for vinyl or fibreglass walls.
Clean the Filter.
Your filter requires periodic cleaning on a regular basis. Over-cleaning, however, can reduce the efficiency of the filter as a filter with a small amount of dirt in it is actually better at trapping any additional debris and dirt particles that enter the filter.
Professionally service the heater. The heater typically requires the least amount of maintenance out of all pool components, but it is also one of the more complex ones and requires a professional touch to make sure that it is done correctly and doesn’t damage the device. Gas heaters normally don’t need to be serviced for a couple of years and electric ones typically can go even longer.
Taking care of your swimming pool does not require that constant effort that many people make it seem like it does. Knowing the key areas to target and the small, repetitive tasks to carry out on a weekly basis will provide you with clean swimming water that doesn’t need to be saturated with chemicals and ensure that the working parts of the pool are free of debris and working at optimum capacity.