Is Your Balance Off in the Pool?

by Pool Builders on 05-24-2010 in Articles

There are few things more relaxing than sitting beside your pool on a warm day, sipping a cool drink and soaking up some sun after a long day at the office. Just diving into that cool, refreshing water can wash away all the stress and worry of a long day. Of course, it takes some work to keep that water sparkling, clear and refreshing. It doesn't take long for an unmaintained pool to become an unpleasant marsh.

There is a lot more to keeping you pool water clean than just having a good filtration system and keeping the pH at the proper levels. Large bits of debris, like leaves and coins, cant be filtered out. The pH balance of the pool doesn't completely guard against algae growth. It takes a bit of work. Fortunately, if you have the right tools it isn't a major, back-breaking chore. These cool pool tools can all be purchased at your local pool supply store.

The first item on your list should be a good leaf skimmer. Of all the debris that gets into your pool, the stuff floating on top of the water is the most unsightly and makes swimming less enjoyable. A leaf skimmer makes keep your pool free of debris a quick and easy task. It only takes a minute or two. Skimming anytime you use or are around you pool is a very good habit to get into.

Even if you are a diligent skimmer, some of that debris is bound to get sucked into the circulation system. Most of this will be caught in the traps. Make you sure clear those often, as well. If they become too clogged then circulation will be greatly hampered.

The second item on your list should be a pool brush. There are several types of brushes. The one(s) you need is determined by what kind of pool you have. Algae tends to cling more securely to concrete pools. If you have one of these you need a steel bristled brush.. If you have a tiled pool, you need a soft bristled brush that won't gouge out the grout. If you have a fiberglass or vinyl pool, or if the interior of the pool is painted, then you want to go with a medium hard nylon brush. Of course, if your pool combines two or more elements (e.g. a pool concrete pool with a tile trim), you will want to get brushes suitable for each element.

Third, get yourself a quality pool vacuum. Vacuuming the debris that has sunk to the bottom of your pool takes a little more effort than skimming does, but it is vital for having a clean pool and making sure circulation is not reduced by debris clogging the grate over the intake line(s). You should.

You should do a thorough, deep cleaning of your pool at least once a week. This includes brushing the wall, cleaning the traps and vacuuming the bottom. Keeping your pool clean ensures that your filters are able to function optimally. It also reduces the amount of money you have to spend on pool chemicals. There is nothing more effective at cleaning your pool than you are.

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