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Swimming Pool Maintenance
Summer might not be official until later this week, but pool season is already in full swing! If you’re new to owning a swimming pool, here are a few maintenance tips from the pros to help keep it swim-ready all season long.
First things first, make sure all of your pool’s equipment is in working order and take some to read the owner’s manual to become familiar with operating it all. Your best efforts could be ruined by a malfunctioning pump.
At least once per week, or more if there are many trees around your pool, use the skimmer net to remove leaves, bugs, and debris from the water. Run the vacuum and automatic cleaners. If you don’t have an automatic pool cleaner, use a brush (make sure to use what is recommended in the owner’s manual to avoid damaging the liner) to clean any algae, build-up, or dirt off of the pool’s interior surface. Don’t forget to empty the filter baskets, and check to see if filters need to be cleaned, backwashed, or changed (which method and how often will vary by model, so refer to the owner’s manual). Next, check the water level and add water as needed.
Afterward, check the water’s pH, chlorination, and other chemical levels with a test strip. The pH should be somewhere between 7.2 and 7.8, and for chlorine pools, the chlorine levels should be between 1 and 4 parts per million. 120-150 parts per million is the recommended alkalinity level.
Shock the water regularly, after heavy use, and after any contamination (potty accidents, heavy rain, etc.) and consider using algaecide to help prevent algae buildup. Once again, consult your owner’s manual to learn how often to do this and which chemicals are recommended for this purpose. Some pools may require weekly shocking, while others are designed to last much longer. Also, many pool pump manufacturers recommend running the pump when adding chemicals. Refer to the labels on pool chemicals for proper storage and disposal.
Proper maintenance will help keep your pool clean and sparkling for the entire season. Of course, while learning to maintain a pool isn’t rocket science, if DIY pool care is outside your comfort level (or want-to-do level), you can always hire a routine pool maintenance person to do it for you at a fairly reasonable price.
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