To keep your swimming pool looking its best and being as clean as possible so that everyone can enjoy it, there are several steps that should be followed on a weekly and monthly basis.
Never owned a swimming pool before and considering the purchase, or have you recently moved to a home that includes a pool or just installed a swimming pool of your own?
Waterworks Pool and Spa has you covered with these five helpful tips for swimming pool care and maintenance that will help you avoid a swimming pool like the one pictured at right!
Skim Your Swimming Pool
While it may seem like a chore, the only way to keep your pool clean is to regularly and routinely perform certain tasks. As much as possible, Keep animals, plant life, and chemicals you use to maintain your backyard away from your swimming pool.? The Nitrates from bird droppings and waste from animals and people are food for algae which can then grow in your pool, making it unswimmable.
While it won’t be possible to keep everything out of your pool regularly skim the pool’s surface by hand every few days. Floating debris will eventually sink, becoming harder to remove. Use a long-handled net called a hand skimmer or leaf skimmer to remove leaves, bugs and other unwanted items. Skimming significantly increases the efficiency of the pool’s circulation system and lowers the amount of chlorine you’ll need to add to your pool.
Vacuum the Pool and Brush Walls and Tile
Your pool should be vacuumed on a weekly basis to keep the water clean and to reduce the amount of chemicals that need to be added to the pool. Use the speciality pool vacuum to clean the pool surface, using it as you would a normal vacuum.
Also remember to brush the the side of your pool walls with the vacuum, as this will minize algae buildup and calcium deposits.
Clean Pool Filter
While it isn’t necessary to clean your pool filter out each week, you should maintain the filter on a regular basis and clean it every few months. There are three kinds of pool filters: cartridge, sand and diatomaceous earth. While there are different maintenance procedures for each type, all require periodic cleaning depending on the type of filter and how often a pool is used.
Avoid cleaning the filter more than every few months, unless there are extenuating circumstances such as a major storm, because a completely clean filter can actually make it more difficult for the filter to complete the action of cleaning your pool.
A clean filter is less efficient than one with a mild amount of dirt in it because the dirt helps trap other particles, which removes debris from the water.
However, the filter should still be cleaned every four months to continue to function optimally.
Check and Maintain Water Levels
It is necessary to check the water levels on a weekly basis. Water is lost through natural evaporation, as well as swimming, exiting the pool and splashing.This task can be completed when you skim your pool and you can use your skimmer as a measuring tool. Check that the water doesn’t Efall below the level of the skimmer, otherwise the pump could be damaged. If the water is low, use a garden hose to bring it up to safe levels.
Check and monitor water level at least once per month, adjust as needed. Water level should be at the center of the tile or skimmer.
Maintain the PH Level
Maintaining the PH Level of your swimming pool is important for the safety and cleanliness of your pool.
The pH scale is a measurement of acidity or alkalinity that runs from 0 to 14. A reading between 7.2 and 7.8 is ideal; this range is safe for swimmers and helps sanitizers work at top efficiency.
Your can monitor your pool by purchasing an at home testing kit. Each kit will come with a set of instructions of the specific needed to test PH levels. Normally most homeowner versions are either reagent kits or test-strips.
Reagent kits require you take a sample of pool water, then add liquids or tablets to it. The water changes color, indicating its chemical balance.
Test-strips work differently. When you submerge them in the pool for a few seconds, dyes they contain cause them to change color. Next, match up the strip to a color chart to determine the pool’s pH level. Use this information to gauge what kind and how much of the chemicals your pool needs.
Waterworks Pool & Spa Can Help With Weekly Maintenance
While it’s possible for you to manage your swimming pool yourself, it can be difficult to maintain everything properly with your busy schedule! Let Waterworks Pool & Spa help! We have over 40 years of experience and serve most of the Western North Carolina. Our showroom is located at 1200 Hendersonville Road in Asheville, NC. Visit us today to discuss your weekly maintenance plan or swimming pool additions or call us at 828-277-8041.