Keeping your swimming pool in tip-top condition doesn’t have to be a very time-consuming chore so long as you follow these top ten tips. All pools are different; not only in design and installation but also based on where you live; ice will not be your problem in Thousand Oaks, neither will getting a croc out of your Agoura hills pool cleaning be a headache.
Removing Debris and Cleaning Baskets
This is a particularly important routine to be carried out at least once a week. This will keep the filtration system running effectively. Of course, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that no one wants to swim in a pool cluttered with debris… do you?
Vacuum Pool Walls and Tiles
Why not combine a dip in the pool with a good scrub? Sand and grit will usually fall into the pool and the effect of sunlight cause algae to build up. For this job, you will need a pool vacuum cleaner, a pair of goggles or a snorkel and perhaps a pair of flippers; you can cruise around the pool vacuuming as you like.
Cleaning the Filters
Filters typically contain sand and overtime, dirt builds up and needs removal. The filters can be cleaned by reversing the pumping mechanism and the dirt is blasted out.
Professional Heater Servicing
This is one job you should really get a professional in to do; ideally, book the maintenance at the beginning of the season when you plan to open the pool.
Maintain the Water Level
Pools are designed to be fun and splashing is one of the best ways of enjoying yourself, even without splashing there will be evaporation and loss of water. It is important to keep the water level up because if the water level is lower than the skimmer entrance, the filtration system will break down.
pH is measured on a scale of 0 to 14, the ideal level should be between 7.2 to 7.8; it is the ideal level to be safe for swimmers and to keep the pool clean. Use a testing kit to check the pH balance then add or remove pH accordingly.
Use this technique to rebalance the chlorine levels and remove the telltale chlorine smell.
Find and Repair Leaks
Use a simple bucket, fill a bucket ¾ full of water and mark the level of the water inside, leave the bucket for 2 to 3 days and check the water level. If it is the same as the pool, the leakage is evaporation; if the bucket level is higher, you are actually dealing with a leak.
Winter Protect Your Pool
Many people have pool covers in order to prevent snow and ice from building up in the pool.
Leave it to the Bots
If you are as lazy or as busy as me, you should certainly get an automatic pool cleaner for your swimming pool which can be tuned to clean your pool at the desired timings.