How to Maintain Your Pool
If you’re new to pool life, it’s important to understand that having a pool is like having a pet. It’s mostly fun and games, but it is also a big responsibility. It’s important to maintain your pool properly, as this will ensure its long life. It will also be peace of mind for anyone who is ready to take a swim.
If you have just built a new pool or have moved into a new home that already has a pool, here are a few tips on how to keep up regular maintenance.
What You’ll Need
Some things you should always have in your shed or garage to keep your pool maintained are:
- Pool broom
- Long net or scoop
- Pool vacuum with extra hoses and heads
- Chemical testing kit
- Swimming pool salt
- Scoop All the Debris
Depending on what trees or shrubbery are planted near your pool, you’ll probably be scooping out debris on a regular basis. You don’t want to leave things like leaves, flowers and dead bugs floating on the top of the water for too long. These things can break down and stain the interior of your pool or clog your filters. Scooping will also make vacuuming much easier.
- Brush Regularly
Use your pool brush to regularly brush the sides and bottom of the pool. This will help prevent the build-up of algae, calcium and other bacteria, as well as dirt. It will also help to keep the surfaces smooth to the touch. Make sure the pump is running when you brush so that any loose dirt or debris will get pulled into the filter.
- Vacuum Your Pool
Once you’ve brushed the pool, finish it off with a good vacuum that will get rid of any excess debris that you couldn’t scoop up. It doesn’t take too long and will leave your pool looking spotless. (And don’t forget the hat and sunscreen whilst you enjoy standing in the Aussie sun looking at your sparkling pool )
- Test the Water
We recommend testing the chemical levels in your pool at least once a week. You want to check for pH and chlorine levels. Your kits should have instructions for how to conduct the tests and what the recommended levels of acid or chlorine are. It is also a good idea to have the water professionally checked about once a month, particularly after unusual or severe weather conditions. You can do this by taking a vial of the water to a pool supplies/hardware shop equipped to complete computer testing.
- Carefully Add Chlorine
If your pool water needs more chlorine, make sure you add it carefully. Chlorine tablets are fairly self-explanatory and easy to use. For any other forms of chlorine, make sure you read the instructions from the manufacturer and follow them to the letter.
If you think your pool might be due a renovation, get in touch with Pacific Pools in Sydney today.