Without proper care, new pool owners may encounter trouble with their equipment, unsanitary water, and possibly different kinds of algae. This results in more troublesome, time-consuming, and costly inconveniences. Fortunately, these issues can be easily remedied with daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance practices.
Here are the top three general swimming pool cleaning tips that new pool owners should perform regularly to keep their pools in good condition:
Inspect the Filter
Cleaning the pool filter is a relatively straightforward process that should be done once a week. Homeowners can simply turn the filter off, remove its cap, take out the filter basket, and toss out any collected debris before reassembling it. Don’t forget to backwash the pipes attached to the filtering system until it releases clear water every month, too!
A well-functioning filter helps eliminate leaves, dirt, and other impurities from your pool, making it an essential component of every functioning pool.
Maintain the Appropriate Water Level
The amount of water your pool will have in it can fluctuate, whether it’s because of group swimming activities or heavy rain. Ideally, you should keep the level halfway up your pool skimmer’s opening. If it threatens to go above that or rainwater has made it past the recommended level, you can drain any excess water using a submersible pump. If you notice that the water level is low, simply add more using a garden hose.
Keep the Chemical Balance in Check
Changes in the water levels alter the chemical balance of the pool, which is one of the most important factors in general pool maintenance. Failing to properly maintain its chemical balance could result in murky water, which is the perfect home for bacteria. This further translates into irritants for the eyes and skin.
To determine whether your pool is correctly balanced, fill a testing kit with pool water and mix in the supplied solution. After closing the vials and waiting for a few seconds, you should be able to see the water change color. Cross-check your solution with the sample water provided and adjust the chemical balance accordingly.
Make it a habit to test the water weekly so you can make sure that the balance is maintained. Look out for the following in your results:
- Free Chlorine – sanitizes your water and keeps it germ-free
- Cyanuric Acid – identifies the required free chlorine level of your water while simultaneously protecting chlorine from the sun. Outdoor pools should be kept at a 30 to 50 reading.
- Alkalinity or Acidity – otherwise known as the water’s PH level. To avoid irritation and protect your equipment from erosion, the acidity should be kept anywhere from 7.5 to 7.8.
- Total Alkalinity – keeps your pool’s PH level balanced. This metric should be kept at levels within 60 to 120.
- Calcium Hardness – impedes plaster damage. Focus on maintaining this between 220 and 350.
At the end of your calibration, your water should leave little to no residue on your skin, be free of any swimming pool scents, and the bottom should be seen clearly.
Hire Professional Pool Cleaning Services
Keep your pool waters crystal clear, sanitized, and ready for use anytime. Homeowners in Las Vegas can sit back and enjoy a more thoroughly cleansed pool with facilities performing at optimal levels with our help.
Contact the Clark County Pool and Lawn team today.