Swimming Pool Cleaning and Maintenance Tips
In order for your pool to run properly and look great, it needs to be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. Even though you may use a pool cleaning service, you still need to take care of your pool.
Applying simple tips everyday or on a regular basis will help keep your pool clean and looking beautiful.
Physically Check Your Pool
Physically check your pool and spa area for any issues. This includes checking the skimmer baskets and emptying them, and checking for any obstructions that can block the flow of water circulation. Obstructions can cause circulation issues or burn out the pool pump motor or heater from of lack of water.
Pool Cleaning and Landscapers
If you use a landscaper or a landscaping service, ensure that they do not blow leaves and debris into the pool or on a pool cover. It may be easier for them to do so because it prevents the dirt and debris from blowing all over, but it can lead to serious pool issues like algae, rips are tears in your pool cover, and additional vacuuming and service from phosphates and nitrates in your water – often an unnecessary and added expense.
Using A Leaf Net
Use a leaf net to skim leaves and debris off the top of the pool water. Done regularly it prevents the debris from settling on the bottom of the pool, minimizing vacuuming. It also helps improve your pool circulation because any debris on the top of the water prevents your pool from properly circulating.
Water Testing On A Regular Basis
Test the pool water 2 or 3 times a week and maintain a proper water balance. Proper water balance is the key for a healthy pool environment and swimming enjoyment.
- Ph Levels: Should be kept between 7.2 – 7.8 ppm (parts per million).
- Total Alkalinity: Ideal level is 80 – 120 ppm.
- Calcium Hardness (Concrete Pool): 200 – 250 ppm.
- Free Chlorine: 1 – 3 ppm
Maintain Proper Water Level
Always maintain a proper water level in your pool. Keeping your water level ½ way up the skimmer box opening is important and prevents pump motor burnout.
Doing all of these things on a regular basis will help save time, cut down on maintenance costs, and keep your pool clean and beautiful!