How to take care of your Swimming Pool
In summer months, nothing can beat the heat better than the pool in your backyard. You can spend a good family time, splashing, swimming and ignoring the scorching heat.
But if the pool is not maintained properly, it can cause you skin infection, allergy or even eye-infection. You can prevent those by just ensuring that the pool is clean and the water quality is maintained. This blogpost might help you do that.
In-season pool care:
During the summer months when you regularly use your home pool, pool maintenance helps to retain water quality and the look of the pool. Typical pool maintenance schedule involves weekly, bi-weekly and monthly tasks, along with some quick daily tips to keep in mind. Here is a list of pool care tasks and tips.
- Keep an eye on the pH level and Chlorine level.
Check the pH level and Chlorine level of the pool water at least twice in a week. Both unbalanced pH or Chlorine level of the pool water are the main causes of skin irritation and eye infections.
Testing strips, available in the market, are perfect for testing the pH and Chlorine level.The perfect pH level and Chlorine level of the home pool are 7.4 and 3 ppm respectively. You should test the water at least four hours after all swimmers have left the water and minimum of eight hours after a rain or wind storm.
2. Clean the pool at least once a week.
Leaves and debris, not only make the pool look dirty but also make it the ideal breeding ground for Algae and Bacteria.
For a complete pool cleaning, skim the fallen leaves and debris, use a vacuum cleaner to clean water dirt and clear the skimmer baskets. If you have foliage plants near your pool you can either trim those regularly or opt for hardscaping instead.
3. Apply pool surface cleaner to clean the pool walls.
Usually, the water of home swimming pool is stationary and tends to leave stains on the pool walls. Pool surface cleaners help to remove such stains and make you pool look good for a prolonged period. Once you rub the cleaners on the wall, use a brush to scrub the stain and wash it out with a water jet.
4. Get rid of algae and microorganisms by shocking the water:
The term “shocking” stands for the use of a large dose of Chlorine to remove harmful algae and other organic contaminates from water. The amount of shock products may depend on kind of Chlorine product to be used and existing condition of water quality. Before adding shock products to water, don’t forget to read the instruction properly. Any mistake during shocking can tip off the water quality balance and do more harm than good.
Preferably, shock your pool water at dusk and allow your pump and filter run overnight for best results.
5. Don’t let the pool water to go still.
Moving water is less likely to get contaminated, accumulate debris or get unbalanced due to chemical changes. During the summer months when your family uses the pool most, try to run the filtration system as much as possible. Thus, you an easily avoid the skin diseases, eye infections, and other water-borne diseases.
In conclusion, pool care is not a tedious job. A little awareness can ensure safe afternoon water playing seasons with your family.
While taking care of your pool, never forget to consult withan expert if you feel stuck anywhere. Weat Designer Landscapes have some of the leading experts of pool maintenance and would love to help you with your maintenance related problems.