Many people probably think that they’ve finished their work around thepool after they’ve built it and filled it with water, unfortunately, that’s only the beginning of the story. What that means is that comprehensive pool maintenance is mandatory throughout the whole year either by the owner or a professional pool cleaning company. It’s not really a rocket science, but you could easily make a mistake or two, so here is a list of tips you need to know when you start doing maintenance for your pool:
- First of all, you need to check on your water, that means testing it two or three times a week to make sure Ph values are balanced (between 7.2 and 7.6 parts per million) and the level of chlorine needs to be just right (at 1 to 3 ppm). You can use a testing kit to measure.
- After you’ve checked the water the next item on the list are chemicals. This should not be neglected as menial because chemical misbalance brings problems like cloudy-water, algae or scales forming in the pool.
- Next up, you can perform a shock treatment in your pool. No this does not include electricity. After you’ve tinkered with your chemicals and adjusted them, it is recommended to do a shock treatment with chlorine. This is done to ensure that there are no organic compounds in the water which would prevent chlorine from doing its job. You can get a testing kit with full instructions on how to perform this in most DIY stores.
- Pool pump also needs to be checked regularly. First of all, if it is even workingand then if the pump’s pressure is more than it usually is. It only takes a few minutes to reverse the flow of the pump and by doing that you are cleaning the system. Just as any other machine you have, thepump also needs to be cleaned if you want it to function as intended.
- After you’ve done all this, it’s time to check the filter. It’s good to do this checkup once every 4-6 months. You need to take the filter out, clean the debris or anything stuck inside. Then there’s a nice little touch you can do. You can use 10% solution of muriatic acid and then put the filter into it. Then you wash the filter out, leave it to dry and then return it to its intended location.
- Number six on the list is probably the most basic and most necessary part of any pool cleaning process and that is water. Seems like something pretty logical but many people tend to forget it. You should clean the water daily from debris, leaves, bugs, depending on the environment. You can also use automatic pool cleaners and vacuums designed specifically for that to make this job easier.
- You also need to check the drains. If you have a device that automatically shuts down the pump if there is something blocking the flow, you can dive to the bottom of the pool and try and block the drains to see if the system would shut itself down.
- Have you checked your skimmer basket recently? Emptying it will surely prevent it from breaking which could put more pressure on the pump and block the flow. You also need to ensure that the basket is weighted down.
- All the cleaning methods we mentioned above are viable, but if you want a 100% job done, brushing the pool is also one of the necessary techniques you need to apply as well. You can use a nylon brush to clean the bottom and the walls to prevent thedevelopment of bacteria and algae, and it is recommended to do this once a week.
I hope you find the information in this textinteresting and useful. The goal was to learn something new or to make your pool maintenance a bit easier, and of course, to reduce the number of mistakes you’d possibly make, especially if you are new to this hobby. Last but not least, this article was meant to encourage you to get a pool if you’ve ever seriously considered getting one. Even if you don’t want to get involved with all the maintenance, you can always hire a local pool service to keep it in top shape for you throughout the year.