Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips For Homeowners

by Pool Builders on 11-06-2014 in Articles

Having a swimming pool is not just about having one built in your property and then filling it with water. To let you, your family members and guests enjoy the crystal clear pool water, you need to perform swimming pool maintenance regularly in order to eliminate the many problems caused by microorganisms that may inhabit the swimming pool. Proper maintenance of your pool will prolong its crystal clear perfection.

Here are some techniques you can implement to speed up the maintenance process and create a safe and refreshing backyard pool. These techniques will guide you so that you can spend more time in the pool than in maintaining it.

1. Getting Rid of Debris - Skimming the surface of the pool for debris like leaves and dead insects should be done daily. Dispose this waste as far away from the pool as possible so that it can't be blown back into the water. Trim back trees and bushes nearby if they shed a lot of pollen, blossoms, and leaves into the pool; or consider replacing them with less messy plants.

2. Setting up the Vacuum and Vacuuming the Pool - Direct the nozzles of the return jets on the pool sides downward to quiet surface ripples and allow you to see the bottom clearly. After connecting the vacuum to the hose, hold up the pole with the vacuum head suspended above the water. You can then use one of the jet nozzles to fill the free hose end until the water pours out the vacuum. When full, immerse the vacuum head and clamp a hand over the hose to connect it at the skimmer.

Vacuuming an average pool requires about 30 minutes. Move slowly across the water in overlapping parallel lines, just like when you are mowing a lawn.

3. Adjusting the Chemicals - Testing and correcting the water chemistry should be done weekly. Adjust pH first; use muriatic acid if pH is above 7.6, soda ash product if it is below 7.4. If the chlorine is below 1 part per million of if the alkalinity is less than 90 ppm, "shock" the water; this is done by dissolving chlorine and/or alkalinity increaser in a bucket of water and toss in the pool. It is best to opt for lithium-based chlorine as it dissolves quickly, does not leave any residue, and won't jar pH.

4. Backwashing the Filter - Turn the filter valve to "backwash" to redirect water flow. There are three kinds of filter used in pools.

Sand filter - this type of filter use sand to block dirt and oil. The backwash directs the dirty water to a waste line leading to the ground or a drain. This type is no longer used in new pool constructions.

DE filter - clay-like remains of marine organisms do the filtering and the backwash directs the dirt into the filter bag. The filter bag should be emptied every other week and should be replaced every few years.

Cartridge filter - this is a removable unit that you hose off and re-insert.

The trickiest part of pool maintenance is correcting the water chemistry. Pool owners who find the process too technical or difficult to understand can hire a company specializing in pool maintenance for they can do the task and ensure the optimal water quality of your swimming pool.

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