Your pool should be the center of your summer fun, but pools with gross water wind up being drudgery. They can also be a health hazard, incubating algae and other nonsense. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make sure you’re swimming in a sparkling clean pool this Summer.
Clean Water and Pool Sides
Physically removing debris is the first thing. This is a three-step process.
1. Skim Often
Use a net to skim the surface of the water as often as you can.
Scoop up the bigger stuff that fell to the bottom too. You will probably need a pool vacuum to do this, but a net will do all right in a pinch.
3. Brush the Walls
Oils from people’s skin, dissolved calcium in the water, and dirt from the air can all end up clinging to the walls of your pool. Swipe it down with a brush from the pool vacuum.
3. Test and Treat Pool Water
Water needs regular testing for pH levels and chemicals if it is to stay fit for swimming. Test your pool water at least once a week.
Once you have tested the water and made sure it has the proper alkalinity, you can shock your pool water to remove bacteria and algae. There are special shock solutions that you add to your pool to do this. You won’t want to do this all the time, but do it regularly.
Keep Pool Operational
Preventing bigger messes is the next step. This can be broken down into two parts.
4. Empty Out The Skimmer Basket
Your pool should circulate the water through the skimmer basket to remove debris. Rinse out the basket at least once a week. You can do this even more often if your pool collects leaves or otherwise needs more cleaning.
5. Inspect the System
Filters and other pool parts need to be checked regularly. If they break down, the water quality will suffer. You will want to inspect at least once a month to catch small problems before they get bigger.