In the summertime there’s nothing better than a sparkling clean swimming pool inviting you and your family in for a dip. Of course with summer use, pool maintenance work increases, so what can you do to ensure you minimise the time working on the pool and maximise the time in it?
Here are our top tips to essential maintenance you can do to keep things under control.
1. Skim Debris and Empty Out Baskets
This is one of the easier tasks, but in a way also one of the most important. By daily checking your pool for floating debris and using a leaf rake usually on a telescopic pole, you can catch those leaves and other floating debris before they sink to the bottom and become harder to get out of the pool.
Cleaning out the skimmer baskets also ensure that water circulates freely and without contaminants, meaning you require less chlorine and chemicals.
You wont need to skim every single day if you have a pool cover
2. Brush the Walls and Tiles & Vacuum the Pool
Brushing the walls of the pool and floor ensure that algae and other deposits don’t build up and become big problems. A quick systematic scrub once a week won’t take long.
The other once a week job is to vacuum the pool. That doesn’t just get rid of the leaves and other visible bits at the bottom of the pool, but also the small dirt and debris that sits as a film on the bottom. Vacuuming weekly keeps things managable, but also keeps the water clear and helps reduce the amount of chlorine needed. Plus, hey you’re outdoors enjoying the pool surrounds, so it’s not too bad anyways.
3. Clean the pool filter
There are of course several different types of filter, the main ones being sand, diatomaceous earth and cartridge. Each requires a different method of cleaning, but it is important to ensure that it is clean regardless to ensure proper filtration of your pool, however it’s important to note a clean filter is less efficient than a slightly dirty one, so you also don’t want to overdo it. Check your filter manual to see what the manufacturer recommends.
4. Check & Maintain the Water Level
Especially during the summer time, water is quickly lost from a pool through evaporation, however your swimmers too will boost water loss through splashing and taking water with them as they leave the pool. They key check is to ensure the water never falls below the level of the skimmer as that will cause damage to your pump (which means you’ll need our pool pump reviews…). A good time to check water levels is when you empty the skimmer basket.
5. Maintain the pH Level
Pool water needs to be checked regularly to ensure it is within healthy levels. pH measures the water through a scale of 0 or acidic through to 14 or alkaline. For swimming pools a level just above neutral is recommended. That ideal measurement is between 7.2 and 7.8.
You can test water pH Level with a test kit, of which there are several variations available.
6. Periodically take a water sample to your local pool shop
Yes many people say pool shops are just there to rip you off with loads of chemicals you didn’t really need. But they do offer a helpful (free) service of accurately testing your water to ensure all key levels are within safe parameters. Some of things are helpful and you couldn’t have worked out for yourself. Things like a salt pool needing a bag or more of salt added so the chlorinator can work efficiently. Adding an amount of stabiliser to your pool which acts like sunscreen to stop chlorine burning off in the summer sun. Pool shops are useful and at the end of the day if they recommend something you’re skeptical about, you can simply say you have some of that at home still.