People who count on a refreshing swim after a long and busy week understand the importance of maintaining their pools in the right state. Swimming pools are kept clean and usable through constant cleaning measures to ensure that no dirt piles in the pool.
The following are some tips that you should use if you want to be among the neighbors who have the cleanest pools.
- Cleaning Baskets and Skimming Debris
You only need your hands to do the skimming after every few days. That will certainly keep the pool clean at all times, given that the piling leafs and other debris won’t be left to pile and sink.
The debris will float for some days but after they get really wet they will eventually sink. That will give you a harder job to remove them from the bottom of the pool and you might even need Fibre Glass Pool Repairs to assist you. A long-handle net (hand skimmer) will help you remove the leaves and other items satisfactorily.
- Brush the Walls and Vacuum the Pool
This is a routine that should be done every week. Calcium deposits and algae build up on those walls, and they should be removed before they become a menace and irremovable.
While you are at it, remember that the material that your pool walls are made of will dictate the types of cleaning tools you are to use. The material will for example help you to determine the texture of the brushes to use.
Vacuuming on the other hand will also help to maintain the cleanliness of the pool water, and reduce the chemicals given that they will need to be added after every refill.
- The Pool Filter
You need to clean it thoroughly and to do that you ought to understand the type of your filter. We have three types and they are;
- Diatomaceous earth filter
- Cartridge filter
- Sand filter
Each of them has a different procedure for maintenance, but one thing they have in common is that they require periodic cleaning. The usage of the pool and the type of the filter will dictate the routine of cleaning it.
You however shouldn’t clean the filter many times than it is recommended because you may hinder its filtration process. Allow some particles to accumulate in it because they make it more efficient, given that they will also help in trapping other particles.
You will realize that it’s time for cleaning it when the flow between the pressure gauge and the flow meter increases. Do the cleaning when the difference per square inch gets to10 to 15 pounds.
- Servicing the Heater Professionally
Among all the components of a fully functioning pool is the heater, and amazingly, it’s the one that requires the least of maintenance. Gas heaters for instance can go for a couple of years without calling for servicing. Electric ones are the best because they will last even longer than the gas ones.
Enquire from the manufacturer about the process of servicing your heater. The process is mainly about clearing calcium scales that build up in the pipes and hinder the flow and so the water fails to heat properly. When it comes to the point of dismantling the heater to unclog the tubes, you will need the help of professional cleaner like those from Fibre Glass Pool Repairs.
- Take Care of The Water Levels
Your pool is supposed to have enough water at all times, and the water level indicator will guide you on how to check on that. You should never let it fall below the minimum level because it will spoil the pump.
Busy seasons when the pool is mostly used is when you should stay alert. The splashing, swimming and when people are exiting the pool is when the water level lowers and you should be alert and refill it to safe levels.
- Keep Your Pool Safe and Clean
Keep testing you pool water regularly to ensure that its free from impurities and safe to use. It might appear clean to the naked eye but may have a big problem when it comes to the levels of its acidity and alkalinity.
Use the pH scale to measure the levels, which run from 0 – 14. Safe levels are when it reads between 7.2 and 7.8. the range is also ideal for the health of the sanitizers which will hence work efficiently.
- Search and Repair Any Leaks
You may note that your pool is losing water abnormally. That is the time to do a test to determine whether you have a leak. Simply get a bucket and fill it up to three quarters with water, and remove its handle if it has one for better stability. Mark the water level inside the bucket, and after dipping it into the pool, mark the level of water on the outside of the bucket too.
Let it float for about three days and go check on the levels. If your pool is losing water through evaporation, the levels will have gone down uniformly. If it’s a leak, the level on the outside of the bucket will have gone down faster and further than the inside, you have a leak. That is the time to call Integrity Pools Knoxville to find and fix the leak in your pool.