During scorching summer days, a dive into the swimming pool is a welcome break from the heat. Before you can get the chance to swim in its cool, refreshing water, you will need to do all the maintenance that pertains to keeping the pool crystal-clear. Here are some useful guidelines to follow if you intend to maintain your pool as a do-it-yourselfer.
Test pool water pH
Pool water should have the correct pH levels at all times. Maintaining the right pH levels prevents any metal components and accessories from corroding and protects plaster surfaces from etching. It prevents the formation of scale, which can cloud the water, stain surfaces and even damage pool equipment.
Most importantly perhaps, ensuring pool water has just the right pH levels can prevent eye infections and skin irritations. Thus, maintaining appropriate pH levels will see to it that pool water is gentle on both pool equipment and its users.
Chlorinate the pool
Bacteria, fungi and algae are unwanted aliens in any swimming pool. Most often, chlorine is the chemical used to keep swimming pools free of microscopic germs that can be harmful to people. You can confirm from manufacturers of chlorinating granules, liquid chlorine, chlorinating tablets, etc. about the chlorine level required for proper pool sanitation.
Add chlorine to the pool water up to a level where all contaminants are eliminated from your pool.
Put algaecide into the pool
Forces of Mother Nature, such as heavy rains and strong winds, can push algae-plagued plants into your pool area. If you fail to deal with the problem in good time, your water will quickly be rendered unsuitable for swimming due to blocked filters, poor water circulation and reduced efficiency of pool chemicals.
Use algaecides to prevent algae from invading your pool, and they will stop algae growth in case it gets started. Algaecides will help get rid of algae incursions efficiently and take your pool back to sparkling clear condition.
Clean the pool regularly
Remove all the floating debris from your pool on a daily basis to prevent buildup of any foreign elements in the pool. You can use a skim net to do that. Use pool cleaners, brushes and vacuums suggested by the pool manufacturer to clean the surface of walls and floors. This should be performed on a weekly basis. Vacuuming helps remove the debris that has settled at the bottom of the pool.
If you're uncomfortable with performing any of this maintenance, don't hesitate to reach out to a local pool service.