Keeping a sparkling clean pool doesn’t need to be a cumbersome task. There are different types of pools, and they all have different maintenance needs. But, there is one thing that all pools have in common; they all need regular, routine care. If you choose to deal with common problems such as broken pipes or murky water by yourself, ensure you consult manufacturers’ manuals before using or fixing the equipment. However, even if you depend on a service company to care for your pool, there are things you need to do by yourself to ensure your pool remains in top condition for many years.
1. Skim debris and clean out the baskets Every few days, skim the surface of the pool by hand. This is the easiest and fastest way to keep the pool clean. Floating debris often sinks eventually, and it becomes harder to remove. So, use a long-handled net known as a hand skimmer to remove bugs, leaves, and other unwanted stuff. Skimming will increase the efficiency of the circulatory system of the pool and reduce the amount of chlorine the pool requires. Also, clean out the strainer basket once a week. Doing so is beneficial, and it enhances the circulation and reduces the demand for chlorine. So, find the strainer basket located on the pool deck of an inground pool or at the side of the above ground pool. Dislodge the plastic and shake it. You can also spray the inside with a hose to dislodge stubborn objects.
2. Vacuum pool and brush tiles and walls Vacuum your pool weekly to keep the water clear and decrease the amount of chemicals required to be added. There are many types of pool vacuums. If you are using a manual vacuum, work the surface of the pool back and forth like you would while cleaning a carpet. Ensure you check the filter as you vacuum, and clean it when necessary. But, vacuuming is not the only weekly maintenance item to do. You also need to brush the tile and walls to minimize the build-up of algae and calcium deposits. The materials the pool wall is made of will determine the cleaning tools to use. If it is a plaster-lined concrete pool, use a stiff brush. But if it has vinyl or fiberglass walls, use a soft brush. Use these tools to prevent the degradation and scratching of the grout.
3. Clean the pool filter There are three varieties of pool filters; sand, diatomaceous earth, and cartridge. All these have different procedures for maintenance. They need periodic cleaning, and this will depend on the type of filter and the frequency of use of the pool. However, don’t clean the filter more often than it is recommended as this will hinder the filtration process. A clean filter is not as efficient as the one with some amount of dirt on it. The dirt helps to trap other particles, and this removes debris from the water. However, don’t let the filter get too dirty. Clean the filter when the difference amounts to 11 to 15 pounds per square inch.
4. Service the heater professionally Of all the pool equipment, pool heaters need the least amount of maintenance. Gas heaters can work well without being maintained for two years. But, electric heaters can last even longer. So, consult the manufacturer for specific maintenance instructions. Occasionally, calcium builds up inside the tubes, restricting the flow and preventing efficient water heating. In such a case, find a professional because this requires the disassembly of the heater to clean the pipes with a wire brush and acid.
Your pool needs to receive constant TLC for it to remain in top condition. Thus, skim the debris, vacuum the pool, clean the filter, and service the heater to achieve a well-functioning pool.
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