Summer is coming soon, and the desire to jump into a body of water grows strong. Swimming pools let you enjoy a refreshing and invigorating swim from the comfort of home. However, they also require maintenance, and it’s a good maintenance routine that will keep your pool as immaculate as possible. Like with many things, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. Swimming pool maintenance doesn’t have to be so tedious; just remember these three maintenance parts.
1. Skim, Scrub, and Vacuum
The first part of maintaining a swimming pool is to clean it. One can break down cleaning into three easy tasks: skim, scrub, and vacuum. Remove the floating debris from your pool with a pool skimmer; it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. Next, especially if you have a vinyl pool liner, you’ll need to scrub it with an appropriate cleaner to remove mildew and dirt, working your way from top to bottom. Don’t forget to turn the return jets downward before you do. Then it’s time to vacuum. Vacuuming may take about 30 minutes and works just as you might vacuum your carpet or mow your grass. Thankfully, some models are robotic, so you don’t have to run the machine back and forth.
2. Check and Clean the Filters
Now that you have removed all the debris from the pool’s top and lining, it’s time to look over the filters. The water filters are a major component in the pool’s construction, constantly removing oil, hair, dust, dirt, and other such particles as you swim. (One hack to keep oil and dirt levels down is to throw a tennis ball into the pool.) While sand filters are common in older constructions, DE and cartridge filters are more sustainable. Clean out the filters and reinsert once a week. Also, clean out the hair and lint filter located in your pool’s pump. Turn off the pump beforehand and dump the filter contents in the trash.
3. Test and Adjust the Water Chemicals
Lastly, you’ll need to test the water and adjust its chemicals so you and your family can swim safely. The swimming pool should have a ph of 7.4, which is the same ph as human eyes. It can also help reduce the build up of debris and mildew, giving you less cleaning to do. After balancing the water chemistry, add the appropriate amount of chlorine. Once it has dissolved, your swimming pool is ready for you to enjoy.
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