Cleaning your pool can be defined in numerous ways; however, some approaches may be more effective than others but at the end of the day having a clean pool will expand its life! Below are different steps and guidelines to follow in order to create and maintain a clean pool.
Before you can enjoy your pool with friends and family you will need to know some basic information about your pool and its functions. Knowing your pool inside and out will only make cleaning easier and will keep your pool running smoothly.
Your pool’s interior is the first step when it comes to keeping your pool clean. Your liner can be seen as a vital part of the pool since it is constantly in contact with pool water, anyone that’s swimming, and anything else that enters the pool. Keeping the liner in good repair is important for the longevity of your pool; algae, mold, and debris can threaten the integrity of your liner so using different tools and chemicals to keep it clean is important.
Your pool pump is the heart of your pool; the main function of the pump is to keep the water circulating while filtering out any dirt and other contaminants from the water. The pool pump works closely with the filter to protect you and your pool from any harm. Without the filter system functioning properly your pool will become polluted and cloudy, keeping your pool clean and crystal clear is always the goal as a pool owner.
The filter cannot always catch every little piece of debris, that is why it is important to consistently skim your pool to catch any excess dirt left behind. You can create a routine to skim your pool each day after a quick swim or even before you dive in! Skimming your pool can really make a difference in maintaining the health of your pool.
The chemistry behind a pool may be daunting to a new pool owner but basic pool chemistry is surprisingly straightforward. Before you add any chemicals, it is important to start off with a water testing kit. Finding the pH level, the alkalinity, and the sanitizer levels are the most important part of testing your water. The pH levels measure how acidic your pool water is; higher pH levels are acidic, while low levels are considered basic. The ideal range for your pool’s pH is 7.4 to 7.6. Alkalinity works as a pH buffer to help avoid huge spikes leaning towards acidic or basic; the ideal range for these levels is 100 to 150 PPM. Lastly, you must be aware of the amount of chlorine and bromine in your pool water. The levels will vary depending on which type of sanitizer you choose. Practice makes perfect and once you know your pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels you can start to tweak the chemicals you add to your water.
After a rainstorm or a large get-together, your sanitizer will need a little boost. To keep your pool clean even when the sanitizer is struggling, add pool shock on a regular basis to maintain your pool’s clear water.
It is very important to continuously maintain the cleanliness of your pool. It takes time to learn how much of one chemical to put it and also seeing how often your pool needs to be cleaned according to its surroundings. Properly caring for your pool might seem intimidating at first but maintaining a schedule or routine will help you stay organized and make sure important steps don’t slip through the cracks.