Cleaning a pool usually isn’t fun. Whether it’s just scooping dead leaves out of the water or draining and scrubbing down the sides, it’s a time-intensive, strenuous activity that just reminds you that you’re not able to go for a swim until it’s done. Despite all the complaints, though, it’s a necessary part of owning your pool, so you owe it to yourself to do it right. Here are three things to remember when cleaning your pool so you can do just that.
1. Remember the Filter
Your pool’s built in filter is one of your best resources against a dirty pool. Keeping your filter cleaned and maintained is a whole lot easier than cleaning the pool itself, so ensuring that your filter is in working order means you can afford to go longer between extensive cleanings. Make sure you’re following the manufacturer’s maintenance and usage instruction to keep your filter going strong for years to come, especially when it comes to back washing the pipes.
2. pH Balance Checks
The pH of your pool is a measure of how acidic or basic the water is. Optimum pH levels for pool water are somewhere near 7.5 and 7.8, being just slightly above neutrality. There are also other important checks such as the calcium hardness, total alkalinity, and free chlorine levels that you should also be monitoring on a weekly basis.
3. Keep Water Levels Consistent
Consistency is key in life and your pool’s water level is no exception. Maintaining a consistent level of water in your pool is a way to ensure that the levels of various additives or aspects of the water mention earlier are not thrown out of balance. It also means your pool’s filter can work as intended, as water levels too low or too high can strain the system or render it entirely unable to function. Remove or replace water as needed when inspecting or cleaning the pool so this doesn’t happen.
Pool cleaning might be a bit tedious, but it’s a responsibility every pool owner needs to be prepared for. If you’d like some help with that, contact Aquanomics Pools today to watch the pros at work.