Making sure that your pool stays clean and inviting does not have to be an overwhelming chore. Not all pools were created equal and some have more involved and complicated maintenance needs than others, but there is one universal truth that applies to all of them: the secret to pool cleanliness is routine care. Here are 5 easy ways to keep your pool sparkling clean.
Take care of debris and clean out your baskets.
Taking a few minutes every few days to remove any debris that has accumulated on the surface of the water, whether it be leaves, dead insects or anything else the wind might have blown into the water. Using a long-handled skimming net will make a huge difference in the performance of your pool’s circulation system and reduce the amount of chlorine you will have to use. Cleaning out your pool’s strainer baskets at least once a week will also reduce the need for chlorine. Simply remove the basket and shake out whatever is trapped.
Vacuum and brush the pool.
Vacuuming the pool once a week improves water clarity and reduces your need for chemicals. Regularly brushing your pool’s walls and tiles will help keep algae and calcium deposits at bay so they don’t turn into potential health hazards. If your pool’s walls are plaster-lined concrete, make sure you are using a stiff brush. If they are softer vinyl or fibreglass, use a softer brush.
Keep your filter clean.
Pool filters come in three varieties: cartridge, sand and diatomaceous earth. Each has different maintenance requirements, but all require regular maintenance and upkeep, especially if the pool receives constant use. Taking care not to over-clean the filter is just as important as ensuring it’s not filthy.
A filter with a small amount of dirt in it is much better at trapping other dirt particles than one that is constantly spotless. Monitor the flow between the pressure gauge and the flow meter to determine when the filter needs cleaning. If the difference is reading between 10 to 15 psi, it’s time for a clean.
Have your heater professionally services.
Depending on the type of heater you have (gas or electric) the service needs will be different. Gas heater can go a couple of years between services, while electric ones can typically be left even longer. Your manufacturer’s manual should have detailed information about your heater and its maintenance requirements. Occasionally, calcium deposits can form in the internal workings of a heater, impeding its ability to heat your pool. If this happens, hire a professional because the heater may require disassembling to clean and fix.
Make sure you have adequate water levels.
It’s normal for a swimming pool to lose considerable amounts of water during the summer months. Constant entering and exiting the pool and water evaporation means you will notice drops in the water level. When you are doing your debris skims throughout the week, take a moment to check the water level as well. Make sure that it never drops below the level of the skimmer otherwise you may end up damaging your pump. If you need to top up your water, use your garden hose.
Look at keeping your pool clean as an investment in your comfort. Having a safe, healthy, cool body of water in your backyard to dip into during those hot summer months is a terrific luxury and one worth protecting. Making sure your pool stays clean does not have to become a hassle! Follow the above 5 pieces of advice on a weekly basis and enjoy a clean pool for the entire swimming season.