Keep Your Swimming Pool Clean the Right Way
Installing a swimming pool can offer a number of benefits to your home and family. Not only does it boost the value of your property, but it also provides a spot for your loved ones to spend quality time in. In the summer, you will definitely have a lot of use for it. But you should never neglect the maintenance to ensure that anyone who uses it will be safe and could experience maximum enjoyment.
Make the most of the swim season and keep everyone safe with proper pool maintenance. Hiring professional swimming pool cleaners are ideal to keep your pool in top condition. But knowing how to clean the pool yourself can also help ensure your pool is safe to swim in.
Preventive maintenance is an important step if you want to prolong the life of your investment. Just as you make an effort in cleaning or maintaining your home or automobile, you should also do the same with your swimming pool.
Take your shower as an example. If you use shampoo and soap when you shower, there is residue left over from those products. They are designed to keep your body clean but not the tiles or fiberglass in your bathroom. These can accumulate and result in the icky buildup. The fact that these tiles and surfaces remain constantly wet can also promote the formation of molds and mildew. If you do not clean your pool, you will essentially be bathing in murky and dirty water.
When it comes to swimming pools, other chemicals can also add to the safety risk. Bromine and chlorine are just a few of those chemicals. Thorough cleaning is absolutely necessary if you want to keep the water clean and safe to swim in.
Keeping your swimming pool clean and safe to swim in should be given highest priority. In particular, you need to make sure that the water is thoroughly clean. This is only possible if you perform general maintenance procedures designed to maintain the chemical balance in the water.
You need to establish a weekly cleaning routine to make that happen. Perform a shock treatment on the water in order to prevent major pool problems from happening. You can start with a regular pH test. It is also good to perform weekly shock treatment on the chlorine in the water. Weekly frequency on cleaning is ideal, but you can do it more often following these occurrences:
- Extreme temperature
- Algae growth
- Slimy water
- Foul odor from the water
Highamount of swimmers
- Burning or red eyes on swimmers
Running the water pump on your swimming pool is one of the essential steps to its maintenance. Your swimming pool pump should be running at an ideal 8 to 12 hours per day. Sufficient water circulation in your pool can discourage the growth and spread of bacteria or algae growth.
The running water in the pump is also beneficial in cleaning the water filter. It helps to get rid of any particles or contaminants that could get stuck in the filter. Finally, good water circulation enables the chemicals designed to keep the water clean to be mixed thoroughly.
Experts recommend running your water pump during the day time. You can also run it as soon as you put chemicals into the water.
Skimming and Brushing
When you think about cleaning a swimming pool, skimming and brushing are essential parts of it. You will need a few cleaning supplies to get this done, such as a telescopic pole, a skimmer net, and a pool brush.
Use the telescopic pole to eliminate any debris that could potentially contaminate the pool water. This will enable you to reach every corner of the pool, especially if you have a large sized one. A skimmer net is also important (also known as leaf skimmer). As the name implies, this tool comes with a net that you can use to remove leaves or debris that accumulate on the water surface. Before you use it to remove debris, make sure that the skimmer net itself is thoroughly cleaned.
A pool brush is another essential tool for cleaning your swimming pool. Use it to clean the sides of the pool as grime could build up on the sides and floor of the pool. Make sure you scrub the steps thoroughly as grime buildup can make them slippery to step on. Slippery steps on a pool are a safety hazard, especially when your kids use the pool regularly.
You can also use the brush to clean your other pool cleaning supplies. Debris and other substances can get stuck on the skimmer net. Brushing it will help to keep it clean and prevent it from being the carrier of contaminants into the pool.
Water chemistry in your swimming pool is vital to keep it safe for swimming. During swim season, it is recommended that you test your water chemistry level once a week.
Follow these steps to maintain the water chemistry level of your swimming pool:
- Use a test kit to determine the chemical balance of your swimming pool. Dip the test strip into the water. The ideal pH level should be 7.2 to 7.6. Add pH increaser or decreaser according to the result.
- Check the sanitizer level of the pool. The chlorine level should be ideally at 1 and 4 parts per million.
- Shock the water to destroy any contaminants. It is recommended that you shock the water every week, or after pool parties.
- Use algaecide on a weekly basis. This will help to prevent algae growth.
Other Pool Maintenance Tips
- Use a pool vacuum to clean the floor of the pool. There are different types of vacuums available according to the type of pool you have. Choose accordingly. Use it as you would when cleaning the carpet.
- Run your pool water filter for 24 hours a day. If your pool water does not clear up in 4-5 days, get your water filtration system checked. You can either replace or repair the filtration system.
- Clean the hair and lint pot regularly. Perform this using the pool pump every week or as needed.
- Make sure to include the pool deck in the cleaning and maintenance. If you don’t, it can also be a health hazard or help to carry bacteria back into the pool.
Cleaning your pool at home can be a lot of work. In some cases, you will be required to purchase cleaning supplies and a testing kit (for the water chemistry). If you want to skip the hassle, you can always find a professional near you like Blue Guardian Pools. We can make your life easy so you can rest assured that your swimming pool is safe for your family to swim in.
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