When you add an in-ground pool to your garden, it will provide entertainment, exercise, and increase the value of your home. Normal pool maintenance usually involves several weekly and monthly tasks as well as a few daily tips. Here are a few in-season and off-season tips for maintaining your pool:
Check PH Levels
You need to check the PH levels of your pool at least twice per week. Make sure that it has a PH of between 7.4 and 7.6 as well as a chlorine level of 1 to 3 PPM (parts per million). Start testing your pool at dusk: eight hours after a rainstorm and at least four hours after swimmers have left the pool. Follow the instructions on the testing strips closely to get the right PH levels.
Clean the Pool
To ensure a thorough cleaning, you need to skim the debris and leaves from the leaves. If you can see debris at the bottom of the pool, you should use a pool vacuum cleaner to remove it then use a cleaning net to skim the surface.
Shock Pool Water
This is the process of adding a large dose of chlorine to the pool to get rid of contaminants such as algae. The amount that you use will depend on the size of your pool and the chlorine product you are using. Just make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter.
You need to shock the pool water at dusk then allow the filter to run overnight. Do not use the pool for at least 24 hours after shocking it.
Apply Surface Cleaner to the Waterline
A pool surface cleaner is made to keep your pool fresh. When you use it, your waterline will be stain free, making your pool look great. You should use a pool brush to apply the cleaner then dip it in water and scrub the walls a bit. You should apply surface cleaner as often as you need to keep your pool clean.
Run the Filtration System
If you can afford to run the filtration system often, you should do it during the summer. As long as the pool water is constantly moving, it is less likely to be contaminated with environmental pollutants, dust, dirt, and bacteria.
Inspect the Pool before Covering it
You should search for damages such as cracks and leaks before you close your pool for the season. Winter temperatures will only make damage worse, which means that you have to address it before closing the pool.
Remove all Objects
You need to remove all objects from the pool: ladders, pool toys, diving boards, and ropes. This will ensure that your objects are safe during the winter.
Test the Chemical Levels
You need to test the chemical levels of the pool water then adjust them as necessary. You can use the same materials that you use during the summer to treat your pool. You should also shock and clean your pool before you close it for the season.
Drain Water from the Pump
You should drain water from the filter, heater, and pump. If you fail to do this, the water will freeze during the winter and damage the tubing. You can use a shop vacuum to drain water, but you should be careful to avoid damaging the delicate parts.
Cover with a Safety Cover
You need to invest in a pool safety cover. According to pool construction by Neave, the cover should fit tightly over the pool with no obvious gaps, rips, and tears. You should replace a poorly fitting cover immediately.