A few people in this world are lucky to have a pool in their home. A swimming pool in your home allows you to take a dip anytime and spend some time to swim and relax. Pool owners can spend quality time with their family sitting beside a pool at home.
However, a pool needs adequate attention and investment for its maintenance. Owners should spend both time and money to maintain their swimming pool. One needs to take care of the pool cleaning, chemical balance, water level and equipment. Let us check these tips to maintain your pool on your own.
Skim your pool
The leaves and debris enter at the surface of the pool. The debris settles down to the bottom of the pool if not cleaned regularly. You can skim the surface of a pool by using a skimmer net. However, the skimmer is suitable for small pools as the length of its handle cannot reach the entire surface in case of large pools. A skimmer basked is essential to all pools to skim the debris off the surface of the water.
There is a skimmer basket at the side of every pool that skims the water surface of the leaves and debris before they sink to the bottom of the pool. Owners must clean the skimmer basket once a month and clear it of the debris to work effectively. However, if you live at a place that witnesses frequent winds, storms or rains, you may need to clear it twice a month or every 15 days to avoid getting clogged.
A pool filter is a device installed next to the pump. It filters the debris and contaminants in the water that managed to sink from the surface. The pool pump circulates the water and sends it to the filter that catches the contaminants and debris. You need to clean the pool filter regularly to prevent the clogging. It is best to clean the pool filters every four months, but the frequency of cleaning also depends on the usage and weather conditions.
Pools used more frequently such public pools need frequent cleaning of filters. Moreover, if your pool experiences lousy weather conditions like rains and storms, you need to clean the filter every month. If you don’t know the process of cleaning a filter, you can get it done by a professional.
A pump is the heart of every pool that circulates the water throughout the pool. Pumps have a strainer basket that collects the debris that the skimmer missed. The filter catches the debris to allow only clean water to enter the pump.
The filter needs cleaning to prevent clogging and reduction of flow of water into the pump assembly. Outdated pool pumps need frequent cleaning, but the ONGA pool pumps need cleaning only once in a season. It is best to call a technician to clean the strainer as it involves turning off the pump and relieving the pressure on the system.
Maintaining the chemistry of pool water is essential. Owners need to check the levels of chemicals in the water and add them as required. It is best to check the pool chemistry once a week or twice, in case of high usage. You need to check the alkalinity, pH level, chlorine, cyanuric acid, algaecide and calcium hardness in your pool water. It is best to maintain the pool chemistry as:
Alkalinity – 100 to 150 ppm
pH level – 7.4 to 7.6
Calcium hardness – 200 to 275 ppm
Chlorine residual – 1 to 1.5 ppm
Bromine – 3 to 5 ppm
The water level in a swimming pool should neither be too low or not too high. The optimum water level is essential for the proper working of the pump and skimmer. You should maintain the water surface at the centre level of the skimmer. The low levels of water can run the pool pump dry and burn, and high levels can affect the proper functioning of the skimmer.
Sometimes the pool water gets hazy after a pool party or frequent rains. In such conditions, you need to shock your pool with chlorine. A shock treatment means adding a high amount of chlorine to clean the pool and kill the bacteria in the water. The shock treatment also cleans the pool by oxidising and removing the waste like oils, fluids, salts, and organic waste from the water.
It is best to get the shock treatment of your pool by a professional as you need to add proper amounts of chlorine. High levels of chlorine are harmful to the swimmers and can irritate eyes and skin.
Cleaning the sides
You need to clean the tiles of your pool by using a long-handled pool cleaner brush. If there are tiles on the sides of the pool you need to use a tile cleaner brush. Using any other brush can scratch the tiles. Brushing the tiles also helps you to scrub the algae on the sides of the pool.
It there is a green tint in the pool water or accumulation of algae on the tiles, you need to add algaecide to pool water. It is best to add the algaecide regularly to prevent the formation of algae in the pool water.
Owners need to follow these pool cleaning tips to maintain a sparkling clean pool. The new pool owners should get the cleaning done by a professional, especially the addition of chemicals. However, experienced owners can do it themselves. Cleaning the tiles, vacuuming the floor, clearing the skimmer basket, filter, pump strainer and maintaining the chemicals are the basic tips to clean a pool.