However, you can effectively do this on your own if only you can follow a cleaning schedule and have all the supplies at your disposal. Bearing these helpful tips in mind will help to make the tasks easier and fun. Here is all you need to know to properly take care of your swimming pool.
Test your pool
As an important aspect of pool care, you need to test the chlorine, calcium hardness, pH, and alkalinity of your soil. To determine the safety of your pool, you will need to gather test equipment. This equipment is obtainable at any major pool supply store. The equipment consists of some test strips, a series of chemicals, a container, and a color comparison chart. Testing should be done at dusk at least 4 hours after the last swimmer has left the pool. Your pool water should maintain a chlorine level of 1.0-3.0 ppm and a pH range of 7.4-7.6.
For every pool owner, it is important to know how to chlorinate. You can either choose to have a pool that creates its own chlorine by investing in a salt water system or administer chlorine manually. Unlike regular pools, salt water pools use safer chlorine levels thereby require less maintenance.
Apply pool surface cleaner
In order to keep your pool looking fresh, cleaners should be applied to the waterline on the pool walls. Pool surface cleaners should be applied with a pool brush as they help to get rid of waterline stains. Give a quick scrub to the walls beneath the water surface as soon as you have applied the cleaner to the wall.
Clean pool regularly
It is recommended to carry out pool cleaning at least once a week. For a thorough cleaning, skim the debris and leaves from the surface of the water with a cleaning net. Use a vacuum cleaner designed for pool use to get rid of debris located at the bottom of the inground pool.
Run filtration system
If you can afford to run your filtration system regularly during the summer months, please do. Your pool is less likely to become tainted with body oils, bacteria, environmental pollutants, dirt and dust when the water is continuously moving.
Leave no object in the pool
Ensure to remove every object from the pool before the close of day. This includes skimmer baskets, ropes, pool toys, slides, diving boards, ladders and material submerged in the water.