Swimming Pool Water Maintenance Tips

by Pool Builders on 11-15-2010 in Articles

Keep your pool clean and sparkling all summer long with these swimming pool maintenance tips. This guide will walk provide you with pool cleaning instructions.

If you are filling the pool for the first time, have the water analyzed by a pool dealer. Measure out a quart of water from around 18 inches deep. The pool dealer will give you advice and products for initially stabilizing the water. He will also provide products long-term stabilization. You will want to have the your water analyzed at the beginning of every season, or anytime you are having problems with the water.

Stabilized organic chlorine is used to make the pool water sanitized. A dispenser will continuously feed solid chlorine pellets. If you do not have an automatic dispenser, you will likely have to add the powdered chlorine with you hands every other day.

For the first couple weeks of the season test the water daily with a pH and chlorine test kit. Once or twice a week after the initial two weeks should be plenty after that. The pH balance should remain at 7.4 to 7.6. If you do not maintain the pH balance, the lining of the pool can become damaged. The residual level for the chlorine should be one to two parts per million.

If you have solids in your pool such as dirt and sand, you should continuously run the pump until the solids have been removed completely. Keep an eye on the pressure gauge, once a day should be enough. If the sand filter gauge is at its maximum, back-flush the filter.

Do not allow food or drink near the pool. Make sure that anyone who enters the pool has bathed prior. Use a leaf net to clean the surface of the water. Clean the liner with a brush every week and vacuum when necessary. The skimmers catch basket should be cleaned every couple of weeks, as should the lint and hair filter. If your liner is leaking you can purchase pool patching kit to repair the leak.

When the summer season is over and you are getting ready to close the pool, treat the water with a winterizing kit. Scrub the pool down and back-flush the filter. Take the water out about 4 inches beneath the skimmer. Drain the filter and pump and put them in your garage or storage area until next season. Finally, use a solid cover to go on top of the swimming pool.

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