There are so many benefits to owning a pool. Obviously, it makes your summer life more fun, and adds value to your home. However, anyone who has a pool, above ground or in ground, knows how much work it takes to keep it clean and functional. You want to be able to relax at your poolside retreat, and you want family and friends to be able to do the same.
If you have a pool or are considering installing one, here are some tips on how to take care of it this summer. You're one step closer to the perfect summer pool!
Check pH and Chlorine
It's vital to check your pool's pH and chlorine levels at least twice a week (once at dusk, and eight hours after rain). On average, you should keep the pH between 7.4 - 7.6 and chlorine between 1.0 - 3.0 parts per million (ppm). But you should consult with a pool expert to make sure your levels are appropriate for your specific pool.
There should be directions to test on whichever testing kit/strips you end up purchasing.
Skim and Sweep
There are going to be a lot of people using your pool, probably kids, so you're going to want to keep it clean and sanitary. Once a day you should empty the skimmers, skim any leaves or debris off the top with a net, and use a pool vacuum to suck up anything left at the bottom of the pool. Keeping debris out of your pool is very important.
Shock Your Pool
Shock the pool once a week, preferably at dusk, to eliminate algae and other bacteria. Shocking means you add a large amount of chlorine to the pool. The sunlight soaks up your chlorine during the day, which is why it is better to shock your pool after dusk so that the chlorine stays more potent. Either talk to a pool expert or consult product instructions to decide on how much to use, then let the filter run overnight and don't permit any swimming for at least 24 hours.
Filter Your Pool
You should run your filtration system at least one hour for every ten degrees it is outside. For example, if it’s 80 degrees run your pool for 8 hours, etc. This is especially important in the summer. As long as the water is moving, there is less of a chance for dirt, dust, and bacteria to build up, so run your filter as much as you can.
There you have it - how to take care of a pool in the summertime. Before you head out to your own pool, go consult a local pool expert. They will test your water and determine what you need to keep your pool in tip-top shape. Common pool supplies are as follows:
Chemical testing strips
Chemical balancing agents
Pool surface cleaner
Pool vacuum cleaner
OK, now you can go relax with peace of mind. Dip your feet in the water and enjoy poolside bliss.
Posted by Shane White on