A swimming is a very valuable asset in your home. It does not only add to the beauty and tranquility of your home but also adds to its value. In order for your pool to be in good shape, you must master the art of its upkeep and maintenance. It’s of paramount importance for the pool to be always clean and swimmable.
Before you put any chemical to the pool water, you should ensure that you have removed all the leaves and other debris. Discussed below are 10 tips that will be of great help when maintaining and cleaning your pool.
Clean the Stone Copings and Pool Surroundings
Before commencing to clean your pool, you should clean the copings and the surroundings with weak water/chlorine solution. When cleaning, you should avoid splashing at yourself and other objects in the surroundings such as plants.
Remove the Debris
Carefully remove all the leaves and other debris from the pool. This should be done before commencing to clean the pool to avoid wasting chemicals. Also, when you remove debris before cleaning, it will save you time.
Brush the Pool Walls Down
Take time and gently brush the swimming pool walls using a brush. Ensure that you remove any green algae as well as all other unwanted materials. This should also be done before adding the chemicals to the pool water.
Examine the Swimming Pool Pump and Filter
Check the pump basket for debris. Also check the filter. It is worth mentioning that the pool pump becomes less effective with time and you should keep on checking to ensure that it is in good working condition. It’s recommended that you change the filter after 3 years usage.
Leaf Net Cleaning
Carefully remove any surface debris off the swimming pool water with a leaf net and then dispose accordingly.
Clean the Tile band
Using the correct pool tile and liner cleaner, clean the tile band thoroughly. Take your time to ensure that the tile band is sparklingly clean before proceeding to the next step.
Before you start cleaning the inside of the pool, ensure that you connect all the cleaning equipment together. After that, fill the hose with water and put the hose in the skimmer with the skimmer basket in and then start vacuuming the swimming pool. Don’t be in a hurry to vacuum your pool because when you move quickly, you will just be stirring up dirt which will make it harder to remove all the dirt.
This is commonly referred to as ‘shock a pool’ because this is what the chlorine does to bacteria and algae in the pool. Add chlorine to water to water and mix accordingly. A point of caution is that when you are mixing the chlorine granules, you should always add chlorine to water and not vice versa. The amount of chlorine that you will use will depend on the condition of the swimming pool water. Remember, to follow the instructions of the manufacturer when adding the chlorine.
Test the Water Balance
In order for the chlorine to work effectively, the PH has to be between 7.2 and 7.6. In addition, the total alkalinity has to be between 80 to 120 ppm and the Calcium hardness levels have to be correct. Take time and use a test kit to check the water balance so that you can ensure everything is fine.
Retest the Water the Following Day
After 24 hours, ensure that you retest the water PH as well as the chlorine levels. Once the pool is in a balanced condition, it’s time to enjoy a good swim with your friends and family.
To ensure that your swimming is always clean, it is advisable that you buy a pool cover. This will prevent leaves and other debris from entering the pool. Maintaining your pool is an essential hygiene requirement that you should not take lightly. The level of maintenance of your pool must match the level of its usage. But apart from cleaning the pool water itself, cleaning the pool regularly is important to avoid build up of pollutants or grime.
Kingsley Carson is a professional writer and editor. He is also a consultant with swimming pool builder Brisbane. He has travelled far and wide across the globe and he has a perfect grip on swimming pools and their maintenance. He is grateful to Norfolk pools for giving him some tips to write this article.