5 Things about Pool Maintenance You May Not Have Known
There’s nothing like a backyard pool in the summer, whether it’s at your private home or at a luxurious hotel. It’s an oasis in the hot Louisiana summer and is the perfect way to stay fit by swimming laps when you don’t feel like going to the gym. There’s no greater centerpiece for a summer party, but a pool is only as great as its regular maintenance. Your pool is an ecosystem, and without regular pool maintenance, you could find it holds unpleasant surprises like green water and algae growth.
If you want to keep your pool sparkling so it remains a cool haven in your backyard, a regular maintenance routine is key. Here at Pleasure Pools, we recommend regular professional maintenance of your pool’s machinery, but you can save money on repairs by doing regular maintenance between visits. Follow Pleasure Pools Blogs for everything you need to know about pool maintenance.
Five Things about Pool Maintenance You May Not Have Known
Invest in a Quality Pool Skimmer
Skimming leaves and debris off a pool is a basic part of pool maintenance, but skimming and scrubbing your pool daily – even when there’s no visible debris – is the best way to improve its health. This is so tiny growths can’t expand and eventually become a bigger problem once they’re visible. A robot vacuum that cleans the bottom of the pool is the best way to combine skimming and scrubbing and make this task easy.
The Filter Is Your Pool’s Kidneys
Your pool’s filter is constantly working to remove impurities from the water, making it one of the most critical parts of the pool’s design and it’s also one of the most expensive to replace, so regular maintenance can prolong its life and save you money. You should clean your filter basket out at least once a week by turning off the filter, removing the cap, and lifting out the filter basket for emptying. Once a month, you should clean out the pipes by setting the filter to backwash and running it until clean water comes out.
Keep an Eye on Your Chemical Levels
Water with an imbalance of chemicals can look murky, irritate your skin and eyes, or cultivate bacteria. You should test your water weekly for chemical levels and keep an eye on:
- Acidity and Alkalinity – The PH level in your pool should be between 7.5 and 7.8 to keep your pool surface and equipment from eroding
- Calcium Hardness – This helps prevent damage to the plaster foundation and should be between 220 and 320, but lower if you have vinyl siding
- Cyanuric Acid – protects your chlorine from sunlight and should have a reading of 30 – 50
- Free Chlorine – This sanitizer helps kill germs
- Total Alkalinity – This helps to control the PH level and should be between 60 and 120
Your local pool store will have low-cost testing kits that instantly indicate your chemical levels and take only minutes to complete. You can then alter the chemical levels with pool shock or baking soda.
Check Your Water Levels
The physical level of your water will change with natural factors like rain or people splashing water out of the pool, but keeping it consistent is important. Your water should be at half the level of your skimmer so it can drain properly. It can be drained with a submergible pump or raised using a garden hose.
Set Your Pool Up for a Healthy Winter
If your pool will sit covered for the winter, it’s important to prepare it with a thorough cleaning so nothing grows under the cover. Test the water for proper chemical levels, remove any excess water from your plumbing lines, and invest in an airtight cover to keep anything from sneaking in. You’ll come back to a pool just as pristine as you left it in spring.
Keep Your Pool Sparkling in a Few Easy Steps
There’s no substitute for a professional cleaning once a year, but these simple do-it-yourself steps take a lot of the work and cost out of keeping your pool clean. Follow Pleasure Pools Blogs for more information, or contact us today to set up a consultation for pool construction or cleaning services.