Keeping your pool sparkling clean doesn’t have to be as cumbersome as you might think. All pools are different, and so are their maintenance needs. That being said, they all share one commonality: The secret to pristine pool health is regular, routine maintenance.
Skimming the pool’s surface by hand every few days is one of the fastest and easiest ways to keep your pool clean. This allows you to catch much of the leaves etc before they sink to the bottom of the pool. Also make sure you are checking the skimmer basket and cleaning it every few days.
Brushing the pool walls and vacuuming your pool once a week is also a good way to keep the water clean and clear. Brushing aids is minimizing calcium build up and algae.
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. Cleaning the filter more often than recommended can actually hinder the filtration process. 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, you don’t want to let the filter get too dirty. A sign that it’s time to clean is an increase in flow between the pressure gauge and flow meter. Clean the filter when the difference reaches 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kilograms) per square inch (psi)
Pool heaters typically require the least maintenance of all pool equipment. Gas heaters can work fine without being serviced for a couple years, and electric ones can last even longer. Consult your manufacturer’s manual for specific care instructions. Sometimes, calcium scales build up inside the tubes of a heater and restrict flow, preventing the water from heating adequately. If this happens, recruit the help of a professional because the heater may need to be disassembled and have its tubes cleaned out with a wire brush or acid.
A lot of water will be lost throughout the swimming season largely because of evaporation and normal wear and tear, such as swimming, splashing and exiting the pool. When you remove debris with your skimmer throughout the week, that’s also a good time to check the water level. Ensure it doesn’t fall 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.
Make sure you get your water tested every 4-6 weeks by a professional however checking weekly chlorine and pH levels will ensure you have adequate sanitizer in your pool to kill bacteria and keeping your pH within the 7.4-7.6 range is desirable.
Happy safe and healthy swimming!