We’ve been experiencing scorching weather lately. A cooling way to spend a hot day is poolside. Owning a pool comes with a lot of fun benefits. You, your family, and guests can float on tubes in Caribbean-blue water or indulge in a game of Marco Polo, chicken, or play volleyball. Additionally, you and your spouse can enjoy romantic pool evenings. While owning a pool is exciting, it comes with upkeep such as:
- Weekly Vacuuming
- Chemical Testing
- Inspecting filters, pumps, and heaters
However, you can avoid many costly mistakes by understanding the cost of pool ownership and how to care for it properly. Here are some pool maintenance tips for summer.
Pool Maintenance Involves Knowing your Chemicals
A pool without proper maintenance is not only an eyesore but might contain E. coli and other dangerous chemicals. Also, adding too much chlorine to a pool causes swimming pool rash and eye irritation. Fortunately, it doesn’t require a degree in Chemistry to maintain the proper chemical levels in your pool. Modern testing kits allow using chlorine and pH testing strip to clean your pool to be a straightforward process.
The testing kit’s colors represent the pH level, which lets you know if you added too much or not enough chlorine. The appropriate amount of chlorine is a free chlorine concentration of at least one part per milligram (ppm) and a pH of 7.2-7.8. Adjust the chemicals or water levels if your pool isn’t reading as such. Keep maintenance low by testing your pool weekly.
Practice Daily Pool Cleaning
Pool cleaning, like house cleaning, can be done in chunks to ensure you don’t feel overwhelmed at the end of the week. One of the quickest cleaning techniques is skimming the top of the pool each day for bugs, leaves, and dirt. Otherwise, your water might not circulate properly, and you’ll have to add more chlorine too often.
As a result, your pool will feel and look better. You should also clean out the strainer basket and scrub the sides of the pool with a brush or pumice stone weekly to prevent algae accumulation. These small pool maintenance chores go a long way in keeping your pool bacteria-free.
Use Your Pool Vacuum
How often you use your pool vacuum depends on your daily skimming consistency. Pool vacuums come in various styles, sizes, and prices, from largely automatic robotic cleaners to handheld systems with telescopic poles.
Shock Your Pool Twice a Season
“Shock” means to add a high volume of chemicals to your pool to “shock” the system and kill bacteria. Twice a season is ideal so as not to contaminate your pool. Also, ensure you use safety goggles and gloves when shocking your pool.
Examine Your Water Level
Daily use of your pool can fluctuate the water levels. The appropriate water level is halfway up the skimmer line. If the water level drops too low, it could reduce safety and damage your pool’s pump. All it takes is a hose to fill up the pool. However, be careful that you don’t overfill your pool.
Contact Admiral Pools today whenever you’re ready to invest in a beautifully-designed pool.