You swimming pool was an investment, so you want to take care of it and make sure it lasts a long time. Pools are fun for the whole family, but they also require regular upkeep and maintenance. It is important to keep chemicals balanced, water clean and pool equipment in optimal condition.
Amazing Pool Maintenance Tips You Never Knew
Regular maintenance can seem like a hassle and can be time-consuming, but if you want your pool to stay safe and clean, then this needs to be your priority. We appreciate that you have a busy schedule so have a few helpful tips to share that will save you time and money when it comes to maintaining a safe and clean pool.
- Baking Soda: Alkalinity increases are used to maintain the pH levels of the pool water and can be bought at most pool stores. These can be expensive, so baking soda makes a cheaper alternative. It essentially performs the same basic function and baking soda is a natural, safe and more affordable option.
- Tennis Balls: Sunscreen and lotions wash off when you are in the pool, making the water dirty. People forget about this type of dirt and only focus on dirt, leaves, and debris. To collect smaller particles and oils, tennis balls are a cheap and effective option. They attract all these contaminants and skin chemicals, leaving your water clear. You can leave a few balls in at all times or throw in a handful after each swim.
- Clean Tile Lines: Dirt and debris like to collect along tile lines, which leaves several built-up areas of dirt near the pool. Cleaning the tile lines once a week prevents any of these dirt collections, as well as calcium, build up from getting washed back into your pool. Be sure to regularly wash down nearby pathways too, to reduce the amount of dirt from getting near the tile lines and your pool.
- Keep Pets Out: As much as you love sharing the pool with your pets, it is not actually a good idea for your dog or the pool. Chlorine is known to irritate the skin of animals and your pet will leave a large amount of hair in the filters. More hair means more cleaning is required, so it is best to limit the time your pet spends in the pool. Keep chlorine levels below 3.0 PPM and be prepared to clean out some hairy filters if you do want your pets to take a dive too.
- Track Water Loss: Water loss through evaporation is normal is warmer summer months, but anything more than a quarter of an inch a day could indicate a leak. Use the bucket test to be sure by placing a water-filled bucket on the top pool step and mark the level of the water on the outside of the bucket. Check the level the next day and if any significant loss is noticed, call a professional to help identify and repair the leak.
Pool maintenance doesn’t have to be a chore nor expensive, and these tips will help you save money, save time, and will keep your pool in optimal condition. Take care of your pool and the investment you made and it will last for many seasons. It also prevents serious and expensive damage that can occur when pools are neglected. Contact us today if you have any questions about pool maintenance or cleaning and we will be happy to help you.