With proper planning, you can maintain your pool yourself. It will save you money in the long run. However, you shouldn't always do it yourself, sometimes, leave the work to a professional.
Below are some basic tips you need to know about pool maintenance:
1. Buy your Personal Water Testing Kit
No rule says only a pool boy can have a water testing kit. By purchasing the right testing kit, you'll be able to test your water balance. This will help you determine the PH of your pool, the alkalinity, and the calcium hardness.
The calcium hardness should be around 200 to 400 per million. If it's too soft, add some calcium carbonate dihydrate. When it's too hard, add hexametaphosphate.
Your pool alkalinity should be between 100 to 120 ppm. Add baking soda to increase the alkalinity and add dry acid to reduce it.
The Ph of your pool ought to be between 7.2 and 7.6. If the Ph is high, add liquid muriatic acid to increase it. Add soda ash if it is too low.
Your pool should be tested weekly for the best results.
2. Keep Clean With Chlorine
Always purify your pool with chlorine to make it healthy and clean. Adding chlorine several times a week will help keep the pool clean. You can opt for chlorine granules as they are not as expensive as tablets and liquid.
To use, mix your granules in water, stir for 30 to 60 seconds in a metal container and pour the mixture into your pool. It should be done after dusk, so the sun doesn't absorb the substance. When mixing, don't ever add the chlorine before the water.
3. Cover the Pool Up
If you don't use the pool daily, keep it covered as often as possible. This will reduce the amount of dirt and other debris that get into the water. Before you start swimming, clean the surface and remove all the leaves with a net. You can sweep the bottom if you think it is necessary. Clean your strainer basket once a week. If leaves are falling more than usual, then you should consider cleaning it once in two days. Your pool filter should be cleaned monthly.
4. Call a Professional
If you don't have the time to care for your pool regularly, you should consider hiring the services of a professional pool cleaner. The cleaner will visit your home weekly and work on your pool. After testing and cleaning your pool, they will add required chemicals.