Tips for Keeping Swimming Pools Clean  

by Pool Builders on 10-31-2013 in Articles

Making sure that swimming pools are clean and properly maintained is one of the most important parts of pool ownership. Proper maintenance can save you money in the long run, because it will keep you from making mistakes such as not cleaning the filter too often, not checking the water's pH level, not repairing cracks that have formed in the bottom or sides of the pool, and failing to replace missing or broken suction sources or drains. All of these mistakes can cost a great deal of money to repair and can be prevented with proper, timely maintenance and cleaning.

One of the most important aspects of proper maintenance is to regularly check the water's pH level. You should do this once a week in the winter and between two and three times a week in the summer. The water in swimming pools needs to stay at a certain pH level for the chlorine to be effective. If the pH gets too high, the chlorine won't be as effective, and as a result, the water will not be as clean. This can be hazardous to the health of you and your family, so it's best to check the pH level often.

Additionally, you should make sure to clean out the water pump frequently. Generally, there is a smaller skimmer basket or lint container present. Hair, lint, and other debris can accumulate here and clog the pump. This can lead to poor water circulation, which can cause many problems, including the growth of algae. Be sure to turn the pump off before you begin cleaning it. Another way to improve circulation is to make sure you're running the pump for a long enough duration. A good rule of thumb is to run the pump for 9 hours for every 10 degrees (Fahrenheit) of temperature. This will ensure that good circulation, which is the key to low maintenance swimming pools.

When adding chemicals to swimming pools, you should try to avoid doing it during the day. Adding chemicals at night will maximize their effect, which has several benefits. Not only does it lead to cleaner, fresher water, it will allow you to save money because you won't have to add chemicals as often. In addition to cleaning using chemicals, you should also manually brush down the sides and bottom of the pool. This keeps buildup from calcifying. Once the buildup calcifies, it will be much more difficult to remove, similar to the plaque that accumulates on a person's teeth. Calcified buildup will require specialized removal, which can be quite expensive.

Another important part of proper cleaning and maintenance is regularly clean the filters. This should be done once every four to six months. If you need help remembering this task, you could set an alert on your phone or write it into your calendar. You could also clean the filter each time you come back from going to the dentist, which you should also do every six months

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