If you have a swimming pool, you know it’s one of the greatest ways to beat the summer heat. It is also an asset to your home and it can add to the value of your home’s resale value. While it’s a joy to own one, there is a lot of responsibility when it comes to maintenance and upkeep.
Once the pool has been installed – or if you buy a home that came with a swimming pool – it will require daily, weekly and monthly maintenance to keep it in proper working order. Regardless of how often your swimming pool is used, it does need constant attention to keep it clear of any bacteria or algae and to keep it free of leaves, dirt and other debris. Even if you have the pool in your backyard and no one uses it, it either needs to be drained or maintained. Because a swimming pool is an open body of water that is exposed to rain and other elements of nature, any debris that falls in can decompose, attract bacteria and lead to waterborne illnesses. Some of the illnesses could be as serious as salmonella, dysentery or become a breeding ground for mosquitoes which can lead to malaria or other insect borne diseases.
In addition to illnesses, if you don’t keep up with proper swimming pool care and maintenance the water will become clouded, the walls and floor could become stained and algae – once it blooms – is difficult to clear up.
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Keeping your swimming pool water up to par isn’t difficult but it does have to be addressed on a daily, regular basis. There are tasks that need to be done daily, some weekly and others monthly. There are even swimming pool maintenance tasks that need to be taken care of on an annual basis. You can either work with a pool maintenance professional to work on keeping your pool in tip top swim shape.
- Debris cleaning: This should be done on a daily – sometimes more than once daily basis. Use your skimmer net to clear out all larger pieces of debris, leaves and dirt. Following that, use a brush to remove any clumps of dirt that have settled on the bottom or sides of the pool. Prior to vacuuming the pool, make certain you’ve thoroughly brushed it so your vacuuming isn’t in vain.
- Getting rid of algae before it starts: At least once a week you need to dose your swimming pool with an algaecide and a clarifier. These will destroy algae and won’t ruin your pool tiles and the clarifier will make certain your water doesn’t cloudy.
- Chemical levels: Swimming pools use chlorine to keep the pool water sanitized and bacteria free for your swimmers. Keeping the chlorine levels in balance is crucial to not only keeping the water clean but keeping it at a level that doesn’t redden the eyes of swimmers or irritate the skin. When it comes to the pH – this needs to be checked at least two times a week. The pH is the acidity/alkalinity in the water. The pH should be between 7.2-7.7 in order for it to work better with the chlorine. If the water is too acidic, there is a chance of corroding the pool’s equipment.
- Is your skimmer basket clean: If you want to keep the water that circulates through your pool clean, the skimmer basket needs to be removed, checked and cleaned of debris at least twice a week. If you find you’re skimming a lot of leaves or debris off the top of the pool daily, you might want to check it more frequently.
- Give it a shock: Some people believe the pool water should be shocked on a weekly basis. Shocking is a concentrated treatment of combined chlorine compounds that increases the level of chlorine in the pool for a brief time and rids it of potentially harmful materials.
When it comes to pool maintenance, a homeowner can certainly learn to do it him or herself but many pool owners opt to hire a pool professional to keep up with the maintenance efforts. Many pool owners simply want to swim – not concern themselves with the upkeep.