Knowing how to properly take care of the pool is one of the major aspects of being a pool owner. But as a beginner, where should you start? We’re here to walk you through some of the basics so you have a successful and enjoyable pool season.
Setting Up a Maintenance Schedule
A great place to start is by setting up a specific schedule before pool season begins. This helps you stay on track as you get busy over the summers and designates a specific time when you are going to be doing pool maintenance.
It is recommended that you spend some time cleaning out your pool each day but it’s understandable that this isn’t always realistic for people with a busy schedule. Hiring a pool professional to help in this area can help take the stress off these tasks for you. If you’re looking to do it all yourself, remember that consistency is key. Even if you’re only able to stick to cleaning twice a week, it will do a lot more for your pool in the long run then starting out your cleaning schedule strong and having it fizzle out quickly.
Tasks to Complete
When it comes to pool maintenance, there are specific tasks that should be included during your regular routine. These include removing debris, balancing the chemistry of the water, and keeping an eye on pool equipment.
The priority when it comes to these tasks is maintaining a pool that is safe and clean for use which is why people emphasize the importance of consistent maintenance rounds. Going over the water with a skimmer each day will keep the water clean and prevent your filters from getting clogged up. Maintaining good water chemistry keeps your pool safe by clearing out bacteria, algae, and protecting your body from any harsh chemicals. Finally, regularly checking your pool equipment ensures everything is in good working order. Making sure your equipment is in good condition and isn’t broken down or leaking is essential to the overall health of your pool.
Pool Chemistry Basics
Chemistry is a topic that can make some people nervous, but it is not as difficult as it appears especially once you’ve gotten the hang of it. A tool to keep handy is a water testing kit. These kits will be able to give you quick reads on how your water levels are. If you’re not sure how to start, you can always ask a pool cleaning professional for some guidance. Some places even offer to test the water for you if you scoop up a bucket of pool water for them.
Some of the most important levels to keep track of are your pool’s pH, the alkalinity, and the sanitizer level. Any bottle of chemical that you have will include instructions on how to add it to the pool water. The key is to keep all these numbers within a certain parameter. pH should sit between 7.4 and 7.6. Alkalinity levels should read between 80 to 120 ppm. Sanitizers will vary depending on the pool and refer to any chlorine, bromine, etc. that the pool needs to stay clean.