If you have a swimming pool at your home, you know that it is a sort of celebrity among your different living spaces. It may not be available all year long (due to weather conditions), and so most pool owners want to make the very best of any pool season. To do that requires regular maintenance and upkeep, which is not always easy, and so we offer some “must try” pool maintenance tips that can help you enjoy a perfect pool season this year, and every year after!
- Consider daily and/or frequent tasks a key component to your maintenance routine – Though you may not feel like skimming the pool every day, one expert says this of this simple task: “For a truly pristine pool, skimming should be done daily.” The good news is that an automatic pool vacuum can do the trick, too. It runs along the bottom and manages to keep the pool free of debris at almost all times. Scrubbing is part of the daily routine, and it takes just minutes once a week (or every other week) to do a full circuit around the perimeter and along the sides. Target areas where you have seen any algae growth, and use chlorine soaks for difficult areas.
- Don’t take the filter for granted – Many pool owners think that cleaning out the filter basket once a week is all that is needed…it isn’t. You must also clean out the pipes connecting to the filter. This is done by turning on the system’s “backwash” function and waiting for water to run clean before returning the system to normal function.
- Monitor the chemicals – You may already test the water once per week, but you should be doing so for more than pH. It is suggested you use pool testing kits that look at free chlorine, pH, total alkalinity, cyanuric acid and calcium hardness. Always adjust chemicals to the right levels or call in an expert for help.
- Shock twice per year – Though you may worry that shocking the pool can harm the lining/siding, it is something you must do at least twice per year (and also after a large group of people uses the pool).
- Don’t overlook water levels – It is easy to forget that pools are a delicate balance of water and chemicals, and it is important to keep an eye on the water level in your pool. A good rule of thumb is to “maintain a level that is halfway up the opening of your skimmer” and if too low add water from the garden hose, and if too high, use a submersible pump to reduce levels. When restored to the right level, you’ll also need to check pool chemicals.
- Float a tennis ball – When you want to streamline maintenance, try floating a tennis ball on the water. Why? It absorbs everything from suntan lotion to natural body oils and helps to keep the pool in great shape.
You now have some simple tips that can help you make the most of the pool season without causing a lot of worry or concern about maintenance and upkeep.