What is Swimming Pool Maintenance?
All swimming pools have the potential to have picture perfect clear water. It takes time and work to get it this way though. Swimming pool maintenance is best done by professionals but you will also be required to do a little work on it yourself.
Below we have compiled a list of basic swimming pool maintenance activities:
1) Junk clean up – Remove all debris and clean out strainer baskets
By using a long handled hand skimmer with a net, skim any floating leaves, grass and, anything that you definitely not keen on encountering while in the pool. Do not wait until the debris becomes heavy, from soaking up all that water, and sinks to the bottom of the pool. This means you’ll end up swimming with it.
Cleaning out strainer baskets weekly will also help in reducing the use of chlorine to clean the pool.
2) Suction time – Vacuum the pool and brush walls & tiles
Another important way of reducing the amount of chlorine used is to vacuum the pool on a weekly basis.
Brushing the walls and tiles also removes any algae build up and calcium deposits. Depending on the material that your pool is made from, choose either a hard, medium or soft brush to clean the walls. Beauty is important, so keep those materials that your pool is made of scratch free and clean.
3) Clean your filter periodically – Gunk and Goo removal
It is better to have a mostly clean filter with a very small amount of dirt in, as it runs more efficiently. The leftover dirt attracts other dirt.
You need to clean the filter when there is an increase in flow between the pressure gauge and flow metre. When there is a difference of 4.5 to 6.8 kg, that’s your pool telling you to clean the filter.
4) Service the pool heater – leave it to the professionals
A gas heater lasts fairly long and an electric heater lasts even longer. Get a professional to service the heater on a regular basis to ensure optimum lifespan.
5) Maintain the pH level – Its all about the balance
Depending on how often the pool is used, test the pH level often. This is to indicate that the alkalinity or acidity level is its best reading between 7.2 and 7.8.
6) Shock your pool – This is NOT electrocution
Over time ammonia builds up and that is sometimes the smell that you find in the pool in some cases. The water needs to be treated with an extra-large dose of chlorine, to remove the smell. This process is called superchlorinate. It sounds strange that the same ingredient causing the smell is the same ingredient used to remove the smell, but it’s the best way. Treat your pool once a week.
7) Find and repair leaks
You need to do a test to check for leaks if you notice that the pool is losing water. If you’ve found a leak, contact a professional to fix the leak.
Lounging at the pool is one of the best ways to unwind and even better in a pristine conditioned pool.
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