Having a clean and crystal-clear swimming pool is a wonderful treat not only for the eyes but also for your body. A pool that’s not properly maintained would cost you money and the health of you and your family.
However, most of the time, people do not really know how to do complete pool care. They either lack some steps in the process or they do critical procedures in an improper way, which can lead to damage.
Here is a swimming pool care guide to keep it safe and fun to frolic around.
Skimming and Scrubbing the Pool
Skimming any kind of debris, whether the floating items are leaves or branches or any other items and detritus, is important, especially for pool owners who have trees surrounding the pool. This is best done early in the morning and as soon as the pool is not being used in the evening. The floating items not only makes your pool look dirty, but also encourages the buildup of bacteria that can affect the health of everybody who is swimming in the pool.
On the other hand, the edges of the pool should be scrubbed at least once a week. This would make your pool not only safer to swim on but also safer for your health. The surrounding area around the pool is an environment which is conducive to the growth of algae. The algae buildup by itself does not necessarily mean that there are a lot of bacteria, but algae can be a source of food for animals and other pest which carry diseases.
Also, algae can make the edges very slippery, which is definitely something that makes your hole very prone to accidents. In fact, not even need to wait for a week to do scrubbing. You can scrub the edges of the hole as soon as you can notice some algae growing.
Balancing Swimming Pool Chemicals and pH Levels
You do not have to be a chemist or a rocket scientist to know the chemical components that make up your pool. You see, chemical imbalance is the reason why your entire pool looks cloudy or is very irritating to the swimmers. Plus, a change in chemical structure may make your pool a haven for bacterial colonies and parasitic infestation.
You should have the pool do a chemical test weekly. The following chemicals are the ones that you need to focus on:
- Calcium hardness – 220-350. This helps maintain the structure of the pool and slows down the degradation of equipment and the pool plaster.
- PH level – 7.5 – 7.8. That should be the range of acidity in your pool so that it is not irritating and at the same time not conducive for bacteria.
- Cyanuric Acid. This is the chemical that ensures clothing to remain in the pool and not to be evaporated.
If a weekly chemical sound too expensive, you can just do this monthly but instead of a weekly chemical test, try to use sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda. This is a very inexpensive way to protect the PH levels of the pool.
Ensuring a Monthly Pool Care Maintenance
This is perhaps where most owners do not do well. This is where the most important parts such as the pump and filter receive proper care and maintenance. The filter must be chemically cleaned, meaning you should not just be satisfied with cleaning the pump manually but also ensuring that there are no particles or chemicals that are stuck inside the pump. Make sure that the pump is opened and cleaned properly and at the same time it should be free of any stains or debris. Check if all the seals in the motor and the pump itself are still working and if there is any damage.
Inspect the structure of the swimming pool. Look at the sealants and tiles to see if there are any protrusions that need immediate action. For those swimming pools that have vinyl liners, make sure that there are no holes or tears or you will be needing immediate repairs. Check if all handrails and the swimming pool stairs are still intact.
Sometimes, we simply do not have enough time to do good and proper pool maintenance. You may also not be confident yet of your skills. A great way to take care of your swimming pool care and your lack of time is to simply hire a professional pool care specialist. Try to observe what they do so that you can do the other stuffs on your own.