Swimming pools are one of the great ways to cool off and relax during the hot summer months providing countless hours of fun for families and friends. However, maintaining a swimming pool can be a daunting task if you're not equipped with the required tools and knowledge. Proper swimming pool maintenance is necessary to ensure the pool remains clean, safe, and inviting. This maintenance should be conducted on a schedule that best fits your schedule but it is best to do when the pump is operating and at least once per week. In this article, we'll provide you with a guide on swimming pool maintenance to help keep your pool in pristine condition.
#1. Regular Cleaning
Regular scheduled cleaning is required to remove debris and prevent the build-up of algae. Use a pool pole and skimmer net to remove leaves, and other debris floating on the water surface. Utilizing the same pole and net, you can pick up any large debris that may have sunk to the bottom. In most cases it is best to utilize an automatic vacuum that is operating on a regular schedule. Lastly with a brush, brush the pool finish making up the walls, floors and any other features of the pool. This will remove any dirt or algae that may have adhered to the finish. Regular cleaning not only keeps the pool looking great but also prevents the development of harmful bacteria.
#2. Balance Water Chemistry
Balancing the water chemistry is vital to ensure that the water is safe for swimming. You can test the water yourself by utilizing test strips, liquid drops test or taking a water sample to your local pool store. In most cases your local store will provide a free five-point test. When testing water a few chemical levels need to be maintained. If levels are not ideal Levels adjust them as needed.
Power of hydrogen (pH) levels: Commonly referred to as PH, measures of how basic or Acidic the water is. High levels are basic, while low pH levels are acidic, it is ideal to keep the PH in the range of 7.4 To 7.6.
Alkalinity: Functions as a pH buffer to prevent large spikes. The ideal range is 100 to 150 parts per million (ppm).
Sanitizer levels: Used to kill any bacteria and living organisms. Chlorine is the most commonly used sanitizer and should be kept between 1-3 ppm
Other levels to monitor
Calcium Hardness – 200 – 400 ppm
Cyanuric Acid – 30 – 50 ppm
Salt (Salt systems only) – 2,700 – 3,400 ppm
#3. Shock Treatment
Shock treatment is essential to eliminate contaminants that cannot be removed through regular cleaning or filtration. Shocking the pool involves adding a large amount of chlorine to the water. Normally conducted on a routine bases of once per week however this may very on the pool location. We recommend you contact your local professional and follow the manufacturer's instructions when performing a shock treatment, and be sure to test the water chemistry before and after treatment.
#4. Maintain Proper Water Level
The water level in the pool should be maintained at the appropriate level to ensure that the pump and filter can function correctly. If the water level is too low, the pump will not work properly and may be damaged, and if the water level is too high, the skimmer will not remove any floating debris from the pool surface. Maintain the water level at the mid-point of the skimmer opening for optimal performance.
#5. Filter Maintenance
The filter is responsible for removing contaminants from the water and should be cleaned regularly to maintain optimal performance. Backwash sand filters as needed, and clean cartridge and DE filters according to the manufacturer's instructions. A clogged or dirty filter can reduce the water flow and increase the workload on the pump, leading to decreased efficiency and a green pool.
In conclusion, maintaining a swimming pool is a crucial aspect of owning a pool. Regular cleaning, balancing the water chemistry, shock treatment, maintaining the proper water level, and regular filter maintenance are all essential steps to ensure a clean and safe swimming experience. With proper maintenance, you can enjoy your pool for years to come.