Maintain Your Swimming Pool
If you’re lucky enough to own a swimming pool, then it’s important that you maintain it correctly so you can keep enjoying all the great benefits it has to offer. The key to any type of maintenance is to keep on top of it. Maintaining your swimming pool will help to prevent problems from occurring with it, helping to prevent any unfortunate breakdowns.
Just like anything else such as a car or your home, keeping it maintained will go a long way to prolonging the lifespan of your swimming pool. There are five important tips to follow to keep your pool maintained all year around.
5 Tips To Maintain Your Pool
#1 – Consistent Chemical Levels
Chemical levels are one of the most important aspects of maintenance and pools that aren’t balanced can lead to water looking murky and it can also become a breeding ground for bacteria. When the pH levels are imbalanced it can also lead to people using it suffering from skin and eye irritation.
Testing the chemical levels in the water is easy and kits can easily be purchased from stores or businesses that specialise in swimming pools. Simply take a sample of the water from the pool, use the testing kit and the water will change colour; which will allow you to determine the chemical levels of the water.
#2 – Skimming & Scrubbing
Skimming leaves and debris off the surface of the water is a no-brainer, but it’s important to carry it out regularly. To achieve a truly great looking pool, skimming should be carried out in a daily basis. There are a number of automatic machines that can skimming and hoover the pool for you on a daily basis.
In addition to skimming the pool daily, it should also be scrubbed to prevent the build-up of algae. This doesn’t need to be done as often as skimming and be done anywhere from once a week to once a month depending on the type of swimming pool and filter you have.
#3 – Water Level
Just like the chemical levels the level of the water itself must also be correct. The levels of water in your pool will fluctuate naturally due to external factors such as rainfall. When the water visibly become too low all you need to do if fill it back up again to the necessary level required.
When the water level becomes too high you can use a drainer to drain away the excess. If your pools liner is a vinyl or fibreglass then a pump could damage it. This means you need to call in a professional to drain the pool for you. When the water is back to the right level, recheck the chemical levels to ensure they haven’t been thrown off balance.
#4 – Oil Absorbent
Ever seen a tennis ball in a pool and wondered what it’s doing there? It’s not simply because it’s been thrown in, it actually serves a purpose. When people use the pool, oils are released from the body which enter the water.
The more people that use it the more oils are released into the water. By simply throwing a tennis ball into the water, you can reduce the build-up of oils. The fibres the tennis ball is made up of will help to absorb the oils and keep them from leaving a slick sheen on the top of the water.
#5 – Professional Maintenance
Whilst there are a number of things you can carry out yourself to keep your swimming pool maintained, it’s also important to have it looked after by professionals. Swimming pool maintenance specialists are able to carry out regular or annual maintenance checks which help to ensure your pool is cleaned and looked after correctly.