Before diving into the crystal-clear blue waters in your swimming pool, understand that it takes a proper maintenance schedule that might seem to be a burden rather than a blessing. Yes, maintaining your pool might be a drag, but there is no need of having a swimming pool it it’s full of algae and sludge. You have to clean and maintain your pool in order to keep the water safe for everyone using it.
There are different types of pools all with different maintenance needs. The keys to maintaining your pool are ensuring a balanced water chemistry and having clean water. Every pool owner should establish a weekly cleaning and maintenance routine.
- Maintain chlorine levels of between 1 and 4 ppm
Maintaining proper chlorine levels in the pool prevents algae growth and bacteria invasion. It also ensures proper sanitation of your pool water. You can either use liquid chlorine, basic chlorinating tabs, chlorinating granules, or chlorinating tabs. These are the available options that can help you maintain the cleanliness of your pool.
- Ensure your pool water is balanced
This means ensuring the water in the pool has the right calcium hardness levels, total alkalinity, and PH. You should maintain the correct levels to prevent your accessories and metal equipment from corrosion. It also keeps the plaster surfaces from etching and prevents the formation of scales which can result in stained surfaces, damaged pool equipment, and cloudy water. Am sure you also don’t want to experience any skin and eye irritations.
- Add Algaecides to kill and prevent algae growth
Algae can invade your pool by wind, rain, or fill water. If you don’t check it, you pool water will turn into a green color and will be unusable. Algae tends to clog the filters and reduce the circulation of water in the pool. Furthermore, it reduces the effectiveness of chemicals. You should apply algaecides to prevent algae growth and formation. While some algaecides will specifically prevent and remove green algae, other will quickly destroy all types of algae and subsequently prevent them from coming back into your pool.
- Shock your pool on a weekly basis
This should be done without fail since it helps in getting rid of any contaminants. These contaminants often cause eye irritation, chlorine odor, and cloudy water. Be sure to shock the pool to keep these problems away and also reduce the need for other cleaning chemicals. There are basic shock products and multifunctional shock products. Multifunctional shock products will help in restoring the clarity of water by killing bacteria and destroying swimmer wastes. They also enhance filtration, balance PH, and add algae protection.
- Have a daily and weekly pool cleaning cycle
Daily cleaning activities include skimming any debris out of the swimming pool and cleaning the skimmer baskets especially during the swimming season. Weekly pool cleaning activities, on the other hand, include testing the pool water and cleaning the pool walls and floors using brushes, cleaners, and vacuums. When cleaning the floor and walls, start from the shallow end as you proceed towards the deep end.
Every person who owns a pool wants to see a continuous flow of sparkling blue water in it. Whether you’ve just been assigned pool cleaning duties or you’re the owner of a swimming pool, the fact remains that you ensure it is clean.
If you’re familiar with above-ground pools you’ll agree with me that they tend to be prone to algae colonization. Unlike in-ground pools, above-ground pools tend to get quite dirty because they don’t always have enough filters. It is crucial, therefore, to ensure your pool is clean. This will help in preventing the liner from being damaged. Moreover, you don’t want to swim in that slimy, green water full of algae. Here is a guide on how to ensure your pool is clean:
- Assemble all your pool cleaning supplies
You’ll have to take inventory on the supplies needed for cleaning and make sure everything is available. The most important supplies include a leaf rake or a leaf skimmer, a telescopic pole, a pool brush for scrubbing the floor and walls, and finally a vacuum hose and head.
- Remove the surface debris
The first step should be removing toys, bugs, insects, leaves, and any other debris on the surface of your pool. A skimmer or a leaf rake can help you in doing this. Remember it is essential for you to be brushing the pool walls and floor at least once a week. You should always pay attention to pool areas with poor water circulation.
- Set up the pump to circulate the water
The role played by the pump in an above-ground pool makes it the most important aspect since it’s responsible for filtering bacteria and minimizing the growth or formation of algae. After you’ve removed the surface debris turn on the pump and ensure the water in the pool is passing through the filter. In fact, it is important for you to be running the pool filter for about 8 to 12 hours daily to allow for proper water circulation.
- Thoroughly vacuum the pool
Ensure the vacuum head is attached to the swivel end of the hose and to the extension pole before lowering the assembly into your pool. Once you’ve lowered the assembly, extend the extension pole to allow the vacuum head to reach the pool bottom.
Lean the pole against the pool side and lock the pole in position. It is important that you purchase the correct cleaner or vacuum head for your pool. There are areas that the vacuum head or cleaner is likely to miss and you’ll need to manually clean them using a brush.
Consider brushing down the pool sides a night before you vacuum. This will help in loosening the debris. You should also vacuum the pool during morning hours before anyone uses it. For easier cleaning, the debris should be made to concentrate at the center of the pool bottom. If you want to achieve this, make sure you adjust the water returns to allow the water to continually flow and move in a circular pattern.Read More
Maintaining and cleaning your pool can be challenging if you do not know the right chemicals to use and why you should use them. Of course nobody likes pool chemicals considering their irritating and stinging effect on the skin. Furthermore, these pool chemicals cost money and are a chore when it comes to maintenance.
While pool professionals can scare you with the intimidating names of pool chemicals, the truth is that pool maintenance isn’t as difficult as it appears. All you need to know is the few simple facts and you’ll be good to go. There are two main reasons why you should use pool chemicals:
- For safety of the pool water. If you don’t treat your pool water, it will be contaminated with bacteria, algae, and other microorganisms which are a threat to your safety and that of your family. Treating your pool with chemicals will keep all these away.
- For esthetics. Pool chemicals help in keeping the pool water inviting and beautiful. Everyone doesn’t want to lose that sparkling blue crystal-clear color in the pool.
Adding pool chemicals will, therefore, serve you either of the two purposes or both. There are chemicals which are applied to help in maintaining the performance of other chemicals needed in your pool.
Here are pool chemicals that you should be familiar with:
You’ll be required to often keep the pool water disinfected and sanitized. Chlorine is the chemical that serves this purpose (bromine may also be used). In most cases, chlorine is usually added directly in the pool water as a liquid although it can also be found in granular and tablet form.
Chlorine has a tendency of getting destroyed by rays from the sun. Stabilizers are pool chemicals applied to boost the performance of chlorine. When the chemical combines with chlorine, they form a more stable and durable compound that can’t be dissociated with sun’s rays.
- Water Balancers
It is important for every pool owner to test the pool severally within a week for PH and chlorine levels. This helps to keep the water in balance. As soon as an imbalance is noticed, you should adjust accordingly. Tests to be carried every week include total alkalinity, calcium hardness, and chlorine levels. You can then adjust using a suitable increaser or reducer.
Oxidizers can also be referred to as secondary sanitizers since they are applied to destroy bacteria and algae in the pool. They are used for shock treatment. You’ll agree with me that chlorine loses its performance effectiveness over time hence the need to hit the reset button. Shock treatment involves applying a high dose a stabilizer (chlorine) every few weeks. They include chlorine free shock, calcium hypochlorite, and lithium hypochlorite.
- Specialty Chemicals
Specialty chemicals are those that can be used to address specific problems in your pool or just to improve the look of your pool. They include enzymes, clarifiers, algaecides, metal magnets, stain removers, filter cleaners, phosphate removers, and tile and Vinyl cleaner.Read More