Clean filtersClean out skimmer baskets weekly in summer to remove leaves and lint that may build up. A clean skimmer basket enables the filter to run more efficiently and will definitely improve water flow. Usually the filter should be cleaned every few monthsbut in the event of a storm, filters may need to be cleaned straight away to remove any debris that may have blown into the pool, such as heavy leaf litter. If there is constant heavy use of the pool, you may need to clean the filter more often.
Clean the poolA base and wall of a pool needs to be vacuumed and cleaned regularly. Vacuuming will rid your pool of algae and particles of dirt. If you live in a windy area, the wind may blow dirt and grass into your pool.
Check the water levelNever let the water level get down below the tiles or below the skimmer. The water level should be half way up to the skimmer box opening.
Clean up the pool areaThe area surrounding the pool needs to be kept clear of overhanging branches and trees that shed too many leaves. Leaves falling into the pool will block up the skimmer and make the pump work harder. Too many trees may attract birds and bird droppings in the pool will cause algae to bloom. When not using the pool, a pool cover can be used to protect the pool from debris.
Check Pool ChemistryThe pH and chlorine levels of the pool needs to checked regularly. Be sure to check the clarity of the water and the base of the pool to see if there is any debris being left behind. Always store chemicals in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight. Never store chlorine and acid side by side. You can test the alkalinity reading yourself or take a sample to your local pool shop where they can analyse the chemical levels in your pool. They will give you a print out of this reading. Alliance Pool Stores can assist you with any questions you may have about your swimming pool.
You should always be vigilant with pool cleaning and not become complacent or lazy during the winter months when your pool isn’t used as much. A lot of pool owners are opting to use solar pool heating so they can enjoy the benefits of their pool all year round. Pools are not only a great way to relax and entertain but can be used for exercise and health benefits as well. If you don’t wish to maintain your pool yourself, engage the services of a pool maintenance company with a good reputation.
Kim Blair Content Writer SF