Keeping the water in our pool sparkling clean entails following a specific set of procedures. Although careful pool maintenance is one of the most hated house chores I know, it’s a necessity if I want myself and the rest of my family to be able to jump into the pool without fear that any one of us could get rashes and skin diseases as well as all sorts of germs in the process.
We invested in a pool cover and pool skimmer
A pool cover is always the best place to start. With our pool cover, we can shield the pool from flying and falling objects and the elements especially when we don’t intend to use the pool for some time. A pool cover also helps prevent our pets or our small kids from falling into the water. It is a necessity during the winter season and when we are going to be out of the house for a significant amount of time. Although setting a pool cover up can be tedious, it’s still an effective first-level way of pool maintenance.
A skimmer is a rake used for fishing out objects from the water. Leaves, dead insects and other floating debris should be skimmed out from the water, a process that really doesn’t take more than a couple of minutes to do. We dispose of the collected debris away from the pool to prevent it from getting blown back into the water. We also trim or cut trees and brushes that shed leaves into the water.
Proper care of the circulation pump and filtration system
The pump is the core of the pool’s circulation system. It removes dust, debris and dirt by sending the water it moves from the pool through the filter before the water is sent back to the pool.
It moves water from the pool and sends it through the filter for removal of any dust, dirt and debris prior to sending it back to the pool. During the design phase of the circulation system of our pool, we considered the size of our pool, our planned typical swimmer load, the size of the pump and piping size in determining the length of time the pump should run. To make sure we weren’t taking any chances, we even consulted a pool professional on this matter. To stay on the safe side however, running the pump for every 10 degrees of temperature is a usual thing I do. The pool water won’t get properly circulated or filtered if the pump isn’t running. Most pool issues arise when the pump isn’t run or the water doesn’t circulate.
The pool’s filtration system eliminates any undissolved debris and dirt in the water. In the filtering of the pool water, the lint and hair basket and the skimmer basket in the pump all contribute. The filter itself serves as the principal component. A sand or DE filter fails to reach its full cleaning potential if it’s backwashed too often, and this will also basically be wastage of water. Generally, filters need backwashing when a rise in the pressure gauge goes to 8 to 10 psi more than the normal level. Consumers like me can go to a pool professional who can provide useful information on this.
We also invested in a pool vacuum cleaner and ensure maintenance of the pH balance of the water.
Some dirt and sediments can make their way to the floor of our swimming pool and I’ve decided to deal with this using premium pool vacuum cleaner. I always finish off by brushing away algae growth on the pool sides. I also do pool testing twice or thrice a week in the summer season, once a week in the winter. I make sure both sanitizer and pH levels are maintained to ensure our swimming comfort.