With the help of these advice and tips, keeping your pool sparkling clean doesn’t have to be as difficult as you would think. The key is to take care of yourself on a regular basis. Even if you hire a pool cleaner to clean your pool on a regular basis, there are a few things you can do on your own to keep it in good shape all year.
Some basic pool cleaning and maintenance tips and tactics to keep your pool happy and healthy.
- Pool Cleansing
Brushing the walls and tiles on a regular basis helps to keep algae and calcium deposits from festering and becoming bigger problems.
The type of cleaning tools you should use depends on the substance of your pool walls. For plaster-lined concrete pools, use a firm brush; for vinyl or fiberglass walls, use a softer brush. To avoid scratching or grout degradation, use a gentle brush on tiles.
- Chemical Levels in Pools Must Be Consistent
One of the most critical aspects of pool upkeep is chemical levels. Water that isn’t correctly balanced appears murky, irritates skin and eyes, and can turn your pool into a bacteria breeding ground. At the very least, you should test the water once a week. There are six chemical levels to consider, according to the Center for Disease Control
Cyanuric acid protects chlorine from the sun and determines the required level of free chlorine. For outdoor pools, a reading of 30- 50 is good.
Free Chlorine is a sanitizer that keeps the water in your pool safe and germ-free.
Acidity/Alkalinity is also known as the PH level, acidity should be regulated between 7.5 and 7.8 to avoid irritation and to prevent eroding of pool equipment.
Total Alkalinity Assists in maintaining a healthy PH level. The levels should be between 60 and 120.
Calcium Hardness indicates Adequate amounts of calcium hardness help to avoid plaster deterioration. Aim for a temperature of 220-350 degrees Fahrenheit, but lower for pools with vinyl cladding.
- Skimming in the pool
One of the quickest ways to maintain your pool clean is to skim the surface with a skimmer shovel every few days. Remove leaves, bugs, and other unpleasant objects with a long-handled net.
Cleaning out skimmer and pump baskets at least once a week improves circulation and reduces chlorine usage. Simply shake out the plastic basket; wetting the interior with a hose will help dislodge tenacious things.
- Maintenance of Sand Filters
A thick bed of special-grade sand is contained in a sand filter tank, which is built of metal, concrete, or fiberglass. The unclean water from the pool enters the filter through the entrance pipe, which flows to the water distribution head inside the tank, where it is filtered. The sand is pushed through the filthy water. Pressure gauges at the filter inlet and outflow offer the pool owner an indication of the blockage level within if the water flow is delayed by dirt and debris. There is debris in the sand if the entrance pipe has more pressure than the output pipe. The filter must then be backwashed, which is a simple process that takes only a few minutes.
- Monitoring Water Levels
During the swimming season, a significant amount of water will be lost due to evaporation and typical wear and tear, such as swimming, splashing, and exiting the pool. Throughout the week, when you use your skimmer to remove debris, it’s also a good opportunity to check the water level. Make sure it doesn’t go below the skimmer’s level, or the pump will be destroyed. Use a garden hose to bring the water level up to safe levels if it is low. If you’re going away, a gadget like an Aqua Level can be utilized to keep the water level at its optimal level.
6. To absorb oils, use a tennis ball.
When most people think of tennis balls in a pool, they picture themselves playing catch. Those toys, on the other hand, can have a dual purpose. Certain oils, such as suntan lotion, hair product, and the natural oils produced by our skin, might be left behind in the water as swimmers exit the pool. While it’s uncomfortable to consider, there is a simple answer. Toss a tennis ball into the water and see what happens. The tennis ball’s fibres will absorb the oils and prevent them from producing a slick sheen on the surface of the water.