Top 10 Pool Maintenance Tips For Summer 2016
Keeping your pool pristine and sparkling clean doesn’t need to be a tedious and cumbersome undertaking; especially so during upcoming warm summer months. Even though all pools are different as well as their maintenance needs, one thing they have in common is that they need routine and regular maintenance. Here are the top 10 pool maintenance tips for this summer 2015:
1. Clean Out Baskets And Skim The Debris
Use a leaf or hand skimmer to remove bugs, leaves or any unwanted foreign items every few days. Skimming does significantly increase the overall efficiency of the pools circulation system and will in the long run lower the amount of chlorine added to the pool. You should also clean out strainer baskets at least once a week. You may also want to consider putting a leaf pool cover to keep out the debris.
2. Brush The Floor, Walls And Vacuum The Pool
A pool should be vacuumed every week so as to keep the water clear, make sure you check the filter of the pool vacuum every time you use it and clean it if necessary. Brush the walls and tiles as well to minimize calcium deposits and reduce instances of algae build up.
3. Constantly Check And Maintain The Correct Water Level
A lot of water is usually lost throughout the summer season largely due to normal wear and tear such as exiting the pool, splashing or swimming. Some of it is lost through evaporation. Constantly check the water level and ensure it doesn’t fall below the level of the skimmer. If the water level is low, use a garden hose to bring up the water level. If you continue to experience water evaporation, consider installing a pool cover, which can prevent this dilemma.
4. Maintain The Correct pH Level
You should make a point of testing your pool water to make sure it is healthy and clean. A pH reading between 7.2 and 7.8 is the ideal range for swimming and also helps sanitizers work more efficiently too. There are several testing kits readily available in the market; they are sold either as test strips or reagents. They are both easy to use. Alkalinity should be 80 to 120 ppm.
5. Check In-deck Or Inline Chlorinator
This should be done at least once per week for proper chemical adjustment. Check the chlorine readings and ensure that they are within the acceptable standards. Ensure that the chlorine tablets are in the inline or in-deck unit, make the necessary adjustments to ensure proper chlorine levels.
6. Install A Removable Pool Fence
Installing a removable pool fence is very important because it keeps off all unwanted animals, pests, and debris. This makes the overall maintenance quite easy and fast as well. Bird droppings and other waste materials from stray animals or even pets are rich in nitrates, which can act as food for algae in the pool. Also, a pool fence prevents unauthorized access to the pool site, especially by children. A pool fence will not only keep your swimming area clean and tidy, but it can help reduce the chances of unintentional drownings.
7. Clean Your Filters
Even though cleaning your pool filters should not be an everyday or even weekly affair, make sure you clean them every four to six months. Check your filters after a heavy storm as they might require cleaning. The frequency of this activity is highly dependent on how frequently you use the pool and the prevailing weather conditions. To clean the filters, soak them in a solution of Trisodium Phosphate (TP) or 10% solution of hydrochloric acid.
8. Shock Or Super-Chlorinate Your Pool
Organic contaminants such as nitrogen or ammonia build up in a pool over a given period of time. Such contaminants tend to interact with the chlorine in the pool to form chloramines, which are known to give that potent chlorine like smell that’s associated with pools. Adding a large amount of chlorine to a pool can make this undesired odor to go away. You can also shock your pool by running your pump for twenty four hours using the pools ozone system if you are on a 24-hour circulation.
9. Store All Chemicals Safely
Always keep all chemicals stored away from direct sunlight, make sure they are kept under lock and key. Never ever store any acid next to chlorine for whatever reason. When mixing acid and water, make sure you add acid to water and not the other way around.
10. Check Out For Cracks
Pay attention to detail and look out for cracks around the perimeter of your pool, especially between the tiles and the deck. Use some beads of clear silicon to caulk such spaces. Water should not be allowed to migrate from the pool through these cracks.