Swimming pool maintenance is essential to maintain the cleanliness of a pool, ensuring the water is clear and free of germs and algae. It also keeps the pool in good condition. All of these are done at a reasonable cost. This guide gives you the fundamental methods in taking care of your pool without having to buy expensive equipment.
Taking care of your pool should not be difficult and complicated. While there are many different types of pools, they all share something. To ensure the cleanliness of the pool and keep it in good condition, you should take care of it properly and practice regular maintenance.
If you want to deal with common issues, such as murky or dirty water or a busted pipe, among others, it is important to check the Owner’s Manual that comes with the pool before working on it using your own equipment.
How to Maintain Above Ground Pools
All owners of above ground pools want to ensure the water of the pool is clear and blue, which gives an indication of cleanliness. This makes the pool enticing to use every single day. But, clean and clear water is of no use when the pool itself is dirty and germ-infested.
It is necessary to brush down the interior and exterior walls of the pool using detergent or soap before rinsing them with water. You should not see mold and algae formation while the pool is used or unused. You should also manually take out any debris floating on the water since they will sink if they are not removed immediately.
Leaves, insects, and other items floating on the water can be removed using a handled net. The skimming action facilitates the circulation of water in and reduces the volume of chlorine required for the pool. Weekly vacuuming reduces the buildup of calcium and algae and maintains water clarity.
How to Maintain the Pool Filter
There are three types of pool filters in the market. These are the cartridge filter, sand filter and diatomaceous earth filter. The maintenance process and cleaning method of each filter is different. But, it is essential to ensure they are cleaned regularly based on the filter type and how often the pool is used.
Checking and cleaning the pool filter should be based on the recommendations of the manufacturer to reduce the amount of chemicals to add as well as ensure water flow efficiency. When water flows efficiently, it allows the pump to function properly and prevent overusing its motor. When the pump is overused or functions at a high speed, it may result in overheating and cause the motor to burn up. This is particularly important if the electrical system does not have a GCFI.
When you notice a huge difference in the pressure gauge reading and flow meter reading (around 10 to 15 psi), it will be necessary to clean the filter. Manufacturers also advise using some dirt on the filter to trap small particles. But, the dirt should be limited since too much can cause the filter to clog up. The best time to clean the filter is when you notice the pressure difference reaches the figures mentioned earlier.
Cost of Pool Maintenance
The cost of maintaining a swimming pool should be reasonable for the owners. The size of the pool, the pool system, how often it is used, the pool equipment (like a chlorinator, heater and winterizing devices, among others), and who will clean the pool will determine the total cost of pool maintenance. The cost will be lower if you maintain the pool yourself.
Pool owners familiar with pool chemistry normally use the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) method in cleaning their pool since the task should not be complicated. But, you should also be prepared to put in the work in maintaining the pool.
You should be precise when it comes to the water chemistry of the pool. This is facilitated using a low-cost testing kit and appropriate chemicals that are available online. These kits also have instructions of how to use them properly.
How to Maintain a Salt-water Pool
Salt-water pool maintenance is also a simple task. A salt-water pool has numerous advantages over other types of pools. One advantage is that it has minimal algae formation since the water should be kept soft. Algae have adverse effects on health while calcium buildup can negatively affect the piping system of the pool.
It does not take much to maintain a salt-water pool and operating it is not costly. While some owners of salt-water pool may think they do not have to maintain it, it does require some maintenance to ensure it is safe to use by the whole family.
It is necessary to test the pH level of the salt-water pool every week and every month. It should be maintained at 7.2 to 7.6. It is also necessary to check calcium content, salt content, alkalinity, and the free-chlorine level, which should be between 1 to 3 ppm. A test strip or drop test kit can be used to test the water.
Quarterly visual checks and cleaning of the cell is necessary to ensure optimal performance. The skimmer, pump and filter should also be cleaned regularly. Debris on these components can affect water flow. If the water flow is obstructed, the chlorinator may not function properly and cease to produce chlorine for the pool.