Summer is fast approaching, and that means that pool season is as well. A backyard pool is a great centrepiece for all of your summer entertaining. Kids will have endless fun that keeps them entertained for hours, while parents can enjoy some BBQ and drinks with friends and family.
Keeping your pool well-maintained ensures that its clean every time guests come over. In following some easy steps, you will prevent having to do an intensive clean midway through the season.
Skim Leaves and Debris
If you want an immaculately clean pool, you will need to skim leaves and debris daily from your pool’s surface. A pool located in your backyard can easily become a gathering ground for leaves, grass clippings, and toys. Catching debris on time prevents it from sinking to the bottom of the pool, which makes the cleaning process more difficult. To achieve this, use a long-handled leaf skimmer daily to gather items floating at the surface. You should also use a brush and pool vacuum on a weekly basis to get rid of dirt that collects on the sides and bottom of your pool. This also prevents the growth of algae, which thrives in the summer sun.
Clean the Filter
The pool filter collects the debris accumulated in a pool that has not been removed with a skimmer. A pool filter is cleaned by turning it off, finding the cap on the pool deck, and lifting out the basket. In the basket, you will find the debris that needs to be removed. The pipes that lead to the filter should also be cleaned once a month through the process of backwashing. Most filters will have this setting located near the power button.
Maintain Optimal Chemistry
Murky pools are a sign of bacteria. In this case, you should shock the pool by drastically raising chlorine levels over a short period of time. This is common practice for many public pools, where it’s required because of the sheer amount of people using the pool. Shocking the pool shouldn’t be done often, as it can lead to damage to the pool materials over time. As a general rule of thumb, chlorine levels should only be significantly raised a maximum of two times during one season.
Checking the pool chemistry at least one time a week is essential in making sure your pool is sanitary. The three components of pool chemistry are PH, alkalinity, and chlorine.
Keep an Eye on Water Levels
Pool water levels will vary throughout the year and largely depend on outdoor conditions. Stay updated on weather conditions, as excessive rain will lead to your pool overflowing. Similarly, if the weather is going to be dry for a while, make sure to keep topping up your water. When pool water levels are low, the water won’t reach some of the filters, resulting in a dirty pool. Pools are easily filled by using your garden hose. After filling your pool, be sure to re-check the chemical levels.
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