The first thing you need to learn when you have your own swimming pool is proper maintenance. It prolongs its life, reduces the need for repairs, and prevents bacteria growth. Regular care also makes your pool safer for you, your family, and guests.
Understand how the different components function and know the possible repairs if necessary. It’s easier to relax in a well-maintained pool and it will stay intact for a longer period.
Here are some do’s and don’ts of pool maintenance to keep in mind:
10 Things To Consider When Maintaining Your Pool
- Do remove all debris. You can use a leaf skimmer every two days to remove things that can clog the drain. Catching leaves and other materials before they sink to the bottom will make maintenance much easier. You can also invest in a pool cover to prevent any materials from clogging in your pool.
- Do brush the pool surface. Clean your pool liner or surface with a proper pool brush once a week. This will help reduce the accumulation of algae and can improve your pool’s appearance. On a fun note, regularly brushing your pool can also give you an upper-body workout!
- Do clean the filters regularly. Filters have to be kept clean so they function properly. Either the filter is made from cartridge or sand, or a Diatomaceous Earth (DE) filter, the manufacturer may advise a certain flow increase that indicates the need for cleaning.
- Do fill your pool water properly. Regular pool activity and evaporation will change the water levels. If it’s too low, it can damage the pump and might need replacement. The ideal water level shouldn’t get below the skimmer level.
- Do test your pool’s pH level. The pH level is the ratio of acid to base, and it’s important to test it weekly using a test strip. The pool’s proper pH level should be maintained at around 7.2 to 7.8.
- Don’t add shock directly to pool water. If shock granules are added directly to the pool, the pool chemicals can be harmful to you and the pool liner. Remember to add chemicals to water, and not the other way around.
- Don’t just vacuum your pool. Vacuuming your pool is important, but it’s also essential to brush all surfaces, especially hard-to-reach areas like the waterline, steps and stairs, corners, and behind ladders. Proper scrubbing once a week will prevent algae growth.
- Don’t ignore too much acidity in water. Too much acidity can damage pool equipment like filters, heaters, liners, and pumps. It can also cause skin irritation or redness. Use muriatic acid alternatives for pools that are also people and pet-friendly.
- Don’t shock your pool during the day. Shocking your pool during the day can reduce the efficiency of the chemicals due to sun exposure. Do it at night as it’s more effective and gives enough time for the chemicals to do their job.
- Don’t jump right into the pool. If your pool has not been used for a long time, make sure to clear away any debris that may have built up before jumping right in. Make sure to run the filter and treat the water to avoid any diseases.
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