How To Keep Your Pool In Tip-Top Shape?

Although owning a swimming pool can be great, especially during the scorching summer months, it also takes a lot of work to keep it well maintained. Sure, you could hire a professional to keep up the maintenance, but you can just as easily do it yourself and save a lot of money in the process. Here are a few simple things you can do to keep your pool in tip-top shape.

1. Keep Pool Clear of Debris

Having unwanted debris like leaves, twigs, and even trash can make your pool look unattractive. Removing debris with a skimmer only takes a few minutes and will make it more appealing to swimmers. But be sure to dispose any debris away from the pool so it doesn’t find its way back in.

2. Test Chemical Levels

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Things like rain, extreme temperatures, and algae all affect pool water. That’s why you should keep a schedule to test your pool with chemicals in order to keep it healthy and safe. Testing alkalinity weekly; pH and chlorine twice a week; and calcium hardness twice a season will help keep them at their proper levels. Not only will your loved ones stay safe, it helps prolong the life of your pool.

3. Add Chemicals

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After testing chemical levels, you’ll find that you may need to add some to the water. The most common chemicals are algaecide, chlorine, and shocking product. Algaecide comes in liquid form and chlorine can be found in tabs, liquid, and granules. Most chlorine products already have built-in shocking. Before adding any chemical to your pool, read the instructions on the label. You will also want to handle the chemicals carefully, and dispose of empty containers properly.

4. Clean Filters

Depending on how often your pool is used will determine how often you need to clean its filter. If you clean it too much, the less efficient it will be. At the same time, you don’t want the filter to become too dirty. A good rule to tell whether your filter needs cleaned is if you see an increase in flow between the flow meter and the pressure gauge. Ideally, you should be cleaning the filter when the difference between the two is 10 to 15 pounds per square inch.

5. Vacuum

Vacuuming your pool weekly not only keeps the water clear, it also reduces the amount of chemicals you add. When vacuuming your pool, use it the same way as you would on the carpet. Check the filter after every use and clean when necessary. Along with regularly vacuuming, you should brush the tiles and walls of your pool. This will help keep calcium deposits and algae build up minimal.

6. ​Maintain Water Level

During swimming season, your pool will lose a lot of water due to swimming, getting out of the pool, and evaporation. A good time to check your water level is when skimming for debris. Use a garden hose to bring the water back to a safe level. And once summer is over, it’s best to leave water in the pool during the winter months as it will keep the pool from becoming damaged.

By using these easy tips and a little time, maintaining your pool will be a breeze!

About the Author Michael L. Mackey

Hi there, I'm Michael L. Mackey. I'm a certified home improvement enthusiast who has a knack for tinkering around the house and constantly upgrading my home to meet the current trends, standards, and style that is up to par with our modern way of living.

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