25 Jun 5 Top Pool Maintenance Tips for a Year-Round Sparkling Pool
As winter takes its grip, some of us live in climates where swimming year round is an option. For others, the pool is a no go area until late spring.
How to Guarantee a Year-Long Sparkle
Whatever the weather, though, you still need to keep your pool a sparkling and attractive feature in your yard. In The Zone gives you the top five pool maintenance tips for a year-round sparkling pool.
1. Keep the Chemistry
Chemical levels are one of the most important parts of pool maintenance. Improperly balanced water looks murky, irritates skin and eyes, and can cause your pool to become a breeding ground for bacteria. A swimming pool’s chemistry must be checked twice a week, most especially during the summer. By checking your pool’s chemistry levels regularly, you can make fine tweaks and balances before it turns green overnight. Swimming pool chemicals must be stored out of direct sunlight, in a cool and dry environment. Additionally, try not to store chlorine and acids in the same space.
2. Skimming is Vital
Loose debris, such as leaves, dirt, and dust, will find its way into your swimming pool – even if it’s covered. Though this debris floats on the surface for a while, it eventually breaks down and sinks to the bottom of your pool. This, in turn, can lead to algae build-up and stain the plastering of your pool. So make skimming and scrubbing a part of life by skimming daily.
Furthermore, you need to scrub the sides of the pool to prevent algae build-up. Thankfully, this is not something you need to do quite as often. You can get away with scrubbing once every other week. Just look for any growths and go at them with a scrubbing brush to keep your pool’s sides looking fresh and clean.
3. Invest in an Automatic Pool Cleaner
A great way to reduce manual swimming pool maintenance is to invest in a pool cleaner, such as a Kreepy Krawly or Barracuda, which virtually does all the work for you. You will still need to brush down the walls of your pool at least once a week to prevent algae build-up, but a pool cleaner is well worth the cost.
4. Schedule Filter Cleaning & Maintenance
One of the most commonly neglected parts of swimming pool maintenance is the changing and cleaning of pool filters. These play an important role in keeping your swimming pool pristine, so don’t forget to create a cleaning schedule for pool filters, dedicating the right amount of time for each specific filter your pool uses. Generally, most swimming pools make use of three different types of filters: sand, diatomaceous earth, and cartridge. Make sure to speak to a swimming pool cleaning professional to determine the ideal cleaning times for each filter.
5. Clean Prior to Pool Use
If you want to be doubly sure your maintenance efforts don’t go to waste, make sure everyone showers before swimming in your pool. This is especially important if you have just swum in the sea as salt and germs can upset the chemical balance of your pool. When swimmers exit the pool, certain oils can get left behind in the water – suntan lotion, hair product, the natural oils produced by our skin. While it’s unpleasant to think about, there’s an easy solution. Simply throw a tennis ball into the water. The fibers on the ball will help absorb the oils and keep them from leaving a slick sheen on top of the water.
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Lastly, don’t make the mistake of overlooking regular cleaning, scrubbing and disinfecting of the tiles or decking around your pool. This area can actually become a breeding ground in itself, transferring bacteria and other germs into your pool without you even realising. Make sure to incorporate regular cleaning in your maintenance schedule.