Having a pool during the summer is great. If you have a pool, you can jump in on a hot day to cool off. A pool is also a great place for friends and family to gather and have a good time.
As much fun as a pool is, it is also a lot of work. If you don’t care for your pool properly, there are plenty of issues that can occur, such as green water, algae buildup, and a broken filter.
If you recently had a pool installed, there are several pool maintenance tips that you should follow.
#1 Vacuuming and Scrub the Pool Often
Throughout the day and night, leaves, bugs, and debris will end up in your pool. It is important that you skim the pool daily to remove anything that has fallen into the pool. You should also vacuum the pool once a week. Over time, algae will build up on the pool floor, making the floor slippery and affecting the quality of the water. You can purchase a manual vacuum cleaner, or if you have the money, you can buy a robotic vacuum that does the work for you. Algae will also build up on the sides of the pool. You will need to scrub the sides of the pool once a week to keep the water clean.
#2 Keep Your Filter Clean
Your filter is responsible for removing any impurities from the water. You should run your filter for at least six hours a day. To make sure that the filter runs daily, you can set the filter timer. Once a week, you should remove the filter cap, remove the leaf basket and clean out any debris that was caught inside.
You will also need to clean the pipes. This can be done by backwashing. Once a week set your filter to the backwash setting and remove the leaf basket. When you turn on the pump, watch the water that comes from the waste pipe and continue backwashing until the water comes out clean.
#3 Keep An Eye On the Water Level
The water level in your pool should be at least halfway to the opening of the skimmer. It is not uncommon for water levels to fluctuate frequently. When people are jumping in the pool and splashing, you will lose water. If the water level gets low, fill it with a garden hose. After refilling the pool, you should check the chemicals to see if you need to add any.
The water level can also get too high after a severe rainstorm. If the pool is so full that it is overflowing, it is best to call a professional to have some water drained.
#4 Control the Oil In the Pool
When people are swimming in the pool, the oils in their skin will get left behind in the water. If your family goes in the pool wearing sunscreen or if they have hair products in their hair, this debris will also be left behind in the water. These oils can affect the quality of the water.
There are sponges that you can buy that are designed to absorb the oils. You can also use tennis balls. The tennis balls will absorb the oils, and they can be fun to play with in the pool.
#5 Chemicals Are Essential
If your water will remain clean and clear, you need to make sure that the chemicals are properly balanced. If the water quality isn’t on point, the water will turn green and murky. Poor water quality can also irritate your family’s skin and eyes, and the pool will become a breeding ground for bacteria.
If you aren’t sure how to balance the chemicals, you can hire a professional to regularly test and balance the chemicals. This will prevent you from adding too little chemicals that can cause water quality issues or too many chemicals that can cause your family’s skin and eyes to burn.
If you care for your pool properly, the water will be clean and clear and great for swimming. If you don’t have the time to give the pool the care that it needs, you can hire a professional to come in once a week to care for the pool for you.