While it is oh-so-glamorous to have yourself a pool in your backyard, your pool will need a lot of attention to keep up with the evening and morning dips and the incessant pool and weekend parties. Just as it is incredibly expensive to install that dreamy swimming pool with turquoise water, it is also unbelievably expensive to repair those broken filters, clean up the algae build-up and the green water. Here are some pro pool maintenance tips you should try right now to save your pool from all those nightmares!
Skim and Scrub Away Always
Skimming the leaves and any debris off the water surface is no news. But for an incredibly pristine pool, this needs repetition. Make skimming a part of your daily clean up schedule. Apart from skimming, you should pay attention to scrubbing the side of the pool to prevent the algae from building up. Thankfully this doesn’t need to be done quite as often as skimming. For those stubborn stains you might need a bit of elbow grease. Find an old sock and fill it up with some chlorine. Leave it on the spot for a few hours before you give it another try at scrubbing. The chlorine would have eaten away at the algae successfully.
Cover Up For Harsh Weather Conditions
If you plan not to break your bank over all kinds of pool repairs right when spring visits and when it is time for a dip in the pool, remember to winterize your pool properly. All possible damages to the filters, bacteria and algae growth can be minimized significantly by the pool covers. Ensure you cover the pool at the right time when the water temperature hits below 60 degrees. This will give bacteria and algae less room to grow over the season. Apart from that, buy a water testing kit to make sure that the chemicals in the water are well balanced.
Covering your pool shouldn’t just apply to winter. If you are away with the family for a long time or when there is a warning out for any adverse climate changes, make sure you step out and cover your pool. This guarantees to save you a lot of money.
Don’t Forget To Shock Your Pool
Shocking a pool refers to significantly raising the levels of chlorine in the water for a brief period of time to kill the bacteria in the water. After all, it is where your entire family swims! Shocking is done by diluting three or five times the usual concentration of chlorine or other cleaning chemical you use with water. Pour it into the return line of the pool and let it spread throughout the pool. Let the pool refill slowly with water over time.
Always Remember To Care for the Filters
Filters definitely are a vital part in the pool’s system. They are responsible for clearing out all the impurities in the pool the likes of dirt, leaves, and even small toys. Turn off the filter before you clean them. Take off the filter cap located on the deck of the pool, lift out the filter basket and remove any debris before you replace the cap. Make sure you clean the filters at least once a week.