Steps Needed to Clean an In-Ground Swimming Pool at Your New Home

by Pool Builders on 09-19-2009 in Articles

Many swimming pool owners believe cleaning their pools is a difficult task. Here is a step-by-step cleaning guide that proves otherwise. It includes a list of the things needed to clean a swimming pool. It also describes an easy cleaning method that breaks down the chore into simpler daily and weekly tasks. Breaking this chore into these simpler steps makes cleaning a swimming pool a lot less intimidating for pool owners to do themselves. To see how this works, let us look at the steps one should take to clean their swimming pools.

Step one: Gather the needed supplies.

The first steps to cleaning a swimming pool is to gather the needed supplies. Here is a list of things that are needed to do a great cleaning job.

1--A pool skimmer (to remove debris that is floating on top of the water.),

2--A long scrub brush (to remove debris from hard-to-reach areas inside the pool.),

3--A swimming pool vacuum (to clean out debris from the pool's floor),

4--A garden hose (to rinse off any dirt around the walking areas of the pool),

5--And, finally, chemicals to treat the water.

There are two types of chemicals needed to "clean" the pool's water. One type adds enough chlorine to the water to "shock" any harmful bacteria or algae that lurk in the water. The other type keeps the pool's water at the proper pH level to keep algae and bacteria from growing in the first place.

Step two: Clean the visible debris from in and around the pool daily.

After gathering the needed supplies, the next step to cleaning a swimming pool is to clean the visible debris from in and around the pool daily. It is quite easy to do because there are only four things to do that do not take much time. Here they are:

First, use the pool skimmer to remove any bugs and debris that is floating in the water.

Next, sweep or vacuum up any debris from around the pool area. This makes it easier for you to keep your pool water free from any debris.

In addition, check the pH level of the water in the pool. The proper pH level should be 7.2-7.6. If the pH is wrong, add the proper chemicals to fix the problem. For a pH level that is too low, add an alkaline adjuster. If it is too high, look for a substance called muriatic acid to bring it back down. Please follow the directions on the package to ensure proper use. Usually, one should only have to fix the pH level about once a week to ten days. But to be on the safe side, it is always a good idea to check the pH level of the water daily.

Finally, use a garden hose to wash off any extra dirt or debris you may have missed while sweeping.

While these daily tasks are completed, go to step three to tackle the harder cleaning chores.

Step three: Clean the water and the surfaces inside the pool weekly.

Use the long scrub brush to clean hard-to-reach areas including around the corners, around the filter and around the drain.

Turn off the pool's filtering system. Afterwards, use the swimming pool vacuum to clean out debris from the pool's floor.

In addition, clean the pool's filter weekly to remove debris and scale build-up. Please follow the filter manufacturer's instructions to do this correctly.

Finally, "shock" the pool's water and interior surfaces with chemicals to clean and sanitize it.

To do this, purchase a "shock" treatment that is available at good swimming pool supply stores. This adds enough chlorine to the water to kill, or "shock" any algae or harmful bacteria that could be growing in the pool. Please follow the directions on the package to ensure proper use.

If this method is followed, cleaning a swimming pool becomes a straightforward process. Try it and see for yourself!

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