Owning a pool is great. But your backyard oasis is only as enjoyable as the water is clean and clear. This is why pool maintenance is such an important part of having a pool. Fortunately, with a few routine steps and measures, keeping your pool’s water clean and safe, and your pool’s equipment running efficiently and effectively can be a simple task. Here is everything you need to know about pool maintenance.
There are three main areas of a swimming pool that will require your attention. The water, the walls and floor, and the filtration system. Each of these components requires regular maintenance and care.
Clean pool water is the key to a long-lasting and enjoyable pool. Clean, clear, and balanced water protects you and your family from contaminants and other things in the pool. It will also prevent damage to the equipment that runs your pool. Corrosion, mineral buildup, and other issues can result in expensive repairs.
The pH of your water is vital for the health and safety of your pool. The pH scale goes from 0 – 14, with 7 being neutral. Any rating above 7 makes the water basic, below 7, acidic. The ideal pH is 7.4, which aligns with the pH of human eyes. This rating also provides sound chlorine disinfection. Test your water weekly to ensure that everything is aligned for these optimum conditions.
The walls and floor of your pool are in constant contact with water. This makes them susceptible to stains, mold, algae, and other debris related problems. Keeping these surfaces clean will keep them looking new, and help in keeping your water clean.
The filtration system is the heart of your pool. The pump draws in water, and the filter cleans it. If these components aren’t working correctly, your water will quickly become cloudy, unsafe, and can be a signal that something is wrong.
Keep your skimmer baskets emptied and your pool’s filter clean and clear of debris. This will help your pump work more efficiently.
Depending on the size of your pool, your pump should run 8 to 10 hours a day. This will allow the water to be “turned over” a few times. This ensures consistently clean and clear water.
Now that you know how to keep your pool’s water circulating, it’s time to keep each the pool itself clean. A net skimmer, a pool brush, and an automated pool vacuum make this much easier. The net skimmer helps to remove debris from the surface of the water before it can sink to the bottom. If leases and other debris rest against any of the surfaces, they can create stains. If that happens, they can be scrubbed off with a pool brush. And an automated pool cleaner allows you to keep debris out of your pool around the clock.
If heavy rain, thunderstorms, tropical storms, or hurricanes wreak havoc on your pool, there are some steps you can take to get it back on track. First, clean any debris that may have blown in or been washed into your pool. Check the pH of the pool water; the precipitation may have diluted the chemicals.
Just like you arrange a pet sitter when you go out of town, you need to make sure your pool is ready for your absence. Before you head out, check the water level, test your water, remove any debris, and make sure that your pump is on, or that the timer is set so that it continues to run while you’re away. If you have a neighbor or friend that can check on your pool while you’re away, that’s also helpful.
The end of the swimming season means a few extra steps. This maintenance will make opening your pool the next season easier. Again, cleaning the surface and skimming the water is essential. Give your pool’s equipment a review. Make sure there is no buildup around the pump, and that the skimmer baskets are empty. This is also a good time to backwash your filter. Lastly, ensure that your water is balanced. As often as possible continue with your regular maintenance routine.
After long last, the weather is warm enough to swim. Skimming, vacuuming, and scrubbing are essential. Test the water and add any necessary chemicals. Inspect your pump, filter, and skimmer baskets. Once the water is balanced and any debris is cleared, you are good to go.