Owning a swimming pool can be so beneficial during those warmer summer months when you want to spend some quality time with the family and the sun is blazing down on a sunny weekend afternoon. Owning a pool is more than just filling it with water, in fact you need to ensure you maintain the pool effectively, keeping the water at safe levels and giving your family the ability to enjoy swimming as and when they want to.
Pool maintenance is not a quick job, but with the right tools and products in place, you can manage your pool maintenance effectively. It is worthwhile seeing pool maintenance as a regular chore rather than a once a month time deal. The more you care for the pool, the better it will be, the less chemicals it will use and the safer the water will be for the family.
So where do you start? The first pool maintenance tip you will learn is to ensure you regularly skim the surface of the water. This should be done daily. Leaving debris floating on the water without removing it is going to have it sinking to the bottom of the pool, which you can then only remove with a vacuum. Rather skim the top, this will improve circulation and reduce the amount of chemicals you will need to use when you use your pool test strips to test the water quality.
The next step to effective pool maintenance is to vacuum your pool at least once a week. The vacuum is a long pipe which attaches to your filter and you reverse the pump to drain the pool. As you do so, you pick up debris along the bottom, the same as you would when using a vacuum inside the home. The good news is the amount of water you drain only has to be as much as it takes to remove the debris from the bottom of the pool. Remember before you vacuum, you will want to use your brush to brush the sides of the pool and the stairs, removing any algae growth before you start to vacuum.
You will want to ensure your filter runs for a good few hours each day. The filer circulates the water and keeps it clean. When it comes to checking your filter, you will want to open it up, remove leaves and other debris. Depending on the size of your pool will determine how long to run your filter for each day. It will also be dependent on where the pool is situated in your garden and how much direct sunlight it has. A pool that has sunlight most of the day will want to run at least six hours to ensure that the water is circulating, making it harder for algae to grow and turn your pool an unwelcome shade of green.
Test the water quality regularly. You will want to test the water every few days. The easiest way to do this is to use a pool test strip. These strips give you complete control and are fairly accurate, which can save yo time and money. Dip the pool test strip into the water for a few seconds and then read the reading to identify what chemicals you need to add to improve your water quality moving forward.
Remember when using pool test strips you want to achieve a PH balance of between 7.2 and 7.8, which shows that you have good water quality. If your pool test strip shows your PH between these levels then there is no need to add more chemical.