The idea of putting a private pool in your backyard has always been incredibly fascinating. It’s easy to daydream, have a weekend party, adopt a busy fitness routine that includes laps after work, or spend a long afternoon by the pool while maintaining a perfect tan.
But one of these fantasies that are often forgotten is maintenance, which is an important element of private pool ownership. Without proper maintenance routines, pools can fall into a variety of non-luxury conditions, such as green water, broken filters, and algae buildup, to name a few.
And no one wants to lie by a dirty private pool. Here are some pool maintenance tips you need to try right now. Whether you’re just opening the pool for the first time or have been a proud owner for years, check out these tips to get a good start to summer.
Clean a filter
Your pool filter is responsible for removing impurities from the water – think of all the dirt, leaves, etc. In most cases, the pool can be cleaned by turning off the filter and removing the filter cap on the pool deck. Lift the filter basket to remove debris before replacing everything. It is best to clean the filter basket at least once a week.
Once a month, the pipes used in the filter system also need to be cleaned. This can be done by backwashing. To do this, set the filter to “backwash” and remove and clean the leaf basket. Then turn on the pump and keep it running until the sewer drains clean water. A final note on turning the filter on and off: frequently turning the filter on and off can crack the mechanism of the filter. You should set it on a timer and let it run for at least 6 hours a day.
Stains and dead algae? No problem
Dead algae often remain in the tank. They are too small for a filter and often sink to the bottom, making them difficult to remove from the surface.
Vacuuming and brushing are steps you need to take every day. After adding the chemicals, brushing helps to disperse them. You should consider using products that can clean any stain type, and the task of cleaning will be as easy as pie. Similarly, vacuuming the pool will help remove dirt and other debris. It helps slow down the growth of algae and helps the chemicals work more efficiently. It is essential to get the right pool accessories.
Just as the chemical composition of water is important, so is the physical water level. Levels fluctuate naturally after heavy storms and afternoons when children shoot cannonballs.
If the water level is too low, just refill with the required amount of water with a garden hose. If the water level is too high, rent a submersible pump from a hardware store to drain excess water.
However, if the pool liner is made of vinyl or fiberglass material, it can easily be damaged by the weight of the pump, so consider consulting a specialist. Remember to check the chemicals again once you reach the right water level. Fluctuations in water levels will upset their balance.
PH Value – very important
The pH value of your pool can be checked relatively easily with the help of test strips. The color of such strips indicates whether the values are correct. If the pH is too high, algae and scale buildup can occur. In addition, high pH values are unhealthy for the eyes and skin.
Next, you need to add a pH minus to lower the pH. If the pH is too low, it will have a negative effect on your health and skin. For example, you may suffer from inflammation of the eyes and mucous membranes. You can add pH plus to the water to upset the balance. The correct pH value is very important and can prevent various problems. Therefore, you should check it regularly using a test strip and read the accompanying guidelines for increasing and decreasing pH.
Be careful about where to put your private pool
How do you determine exactly where to place the pool? Is it because there is enough space where you want it to be, or is it because the pool should just be there? The location you choose is also critical for cleaning your pool.
For example, do not place the pool under or near a large tree. Everything that falls from the tree ends up in your pool. Therefore, try to place the pool as “free” as possible. You should pick a place which is full of sunshine, which makes swimming more enjoyable.
If you are willing to put your time and energy into it, maintaining a pool is definitely worth it. It can be difficult at first, but once you step into it, learning how to properly clean the pool will make you feel refreshed and not frustrated. Use these handy tips and tricks to make your pool look new!