Keeping your pool clean and well-maintained is essential, regardless of the season. However, it shouldn’t be a chore if you do the maintenance yourself. Make it part of your routine. If you’re too busy to do it, you can always hire a local pool boy or even a full-service technician to help you.
The secret to keeping your pool clean and inviting is to have a routine and clean it regularly. You can take care of small issues like skimming the pool yourself, but we recommend hiring a professional when it comes to more technical things. Without further ado, check out some helpful tips for keeping your pool clean.
1. Control the pH and chlorine level of your pool water
It is recommended that you test the water regularly. If you use it on a daily basis for an extended period of time (for example, during hot summer days), it is ideal to check the pH and chlorine levels every day. If you plan ahead by always adding a pH corrector or chlorine in a timely manner, you can reduce the consumption of these products.
To maintain it properly, you need a good water tester that can ideally test two or three parameters directly, starting with the chlorine level and the pH!
2. Good filtration
Filtration is the most important step in maintaining it. Indeed, it allows for eliminating dirt and prevents the pool water from turning green. In concrete terms, filtration must be done continuously for 8 to 12 hours, or even more when hot. In addition, during the winter period, it is advisable to start the filtration as early as 5 am if you do not have a cover.
For this step, you will need a filter, and a pump adapted to the volume of water init. You can also use a flocculant to improve the filter’s efficiency, facilitate cleaning and give a crystal clear color to the water. Note that it is important to clean the filter regularly to optimize its efficiency.
3. Basic daily cleaning
Whatever the model of your pool (wood, above ground, inflatable, self-supported), daily cleaning will guarantee the quality of the water while preserving it. So, if your pool does not have a water filtration system, which is notably the case for an above-ground pool, you must clean it every day. You can use a skimmer, or better, a pool cleaner, to remove dead leaves, insects, and visible dirt.
During the cleaning process, check the water level carefully. If the water level is too low, the pump may overheat, and your pool motor may be burned out. Ideally, the water level should be 3/4 of the skimmers.
Every few days or so, take the time to skim it’s surface, which will help minimize their presence inside. Remember, even falling debris sinks to the bottom, so it’s best to get it out while it’s still floating on the surface.
As debris sinks to the bottom of the pool, it becomes more difficult to remove, and it can cause bigger problems later if left unattended for too long. Therefore, regular skimming of your pool helps maintain efficient water circulation. It can also reduce the amount of chemicals you need to put in the water to keep it clean and clear.
A few simple steps can make pool maintenance more manageable. For example, cover it when you are not using it. This will limit the amount of impurities that land in the pool. This is an easy way to keep detritus out of it.
In addition, the installation of a cover also positively influences the heating costs. The cover keeps the water temperature constant and prevents the water from cooling down quickly at the surface. As a result, the heating system has to run much less, and your energy bill is reduced!
5. Rinsing in the shower before swimming
The last maintenance tip is the easiest to put into practice. Take a quick shower before getting into the water. This will prevent secondary pollution of the pool. No more dander, hair deposits, and the like. Make it a habit, and it will help you maintain it in the long run.
This simple gesture helps limit impurities, which are responsible for the drop in chlorine levels and the cloudy appearance of the water. Taking a short shower before going swimming guarantees cleaner water and less consumption of cleaning products.
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