Diving into cool blue water is the best refreshment during summertime. But before swimming season is coming, you have to ensure that the pool is clean and safe for you to dive in. Here are things that you need to know to keep your pool crystal-clear.
1. Skimming and Scrubbing
Skim leaves and dirt off of the surface daily. Dirt that sinks to the bottom is harder to clean up. Empty the strainer baskets then use a pool vacuum to clean the floor and the water once a week.
Scrubbing tiles and walls will minimize calcium or algae that build up on the side. Do it once every other week before they become hard to remove.
For stubborn stains, fill an old sock with chlorine and put it on the top of the stains for a few hours. The chlorine will eat up the algae and make it easier to remove.
2. A Filter is like a Kidney
Pool filter works same as our kidney; removing impurities. The filter removes things like leaves, dirt and other small stuffs from the water.
The pool can be cleaned up simply by just turning off pool filters, removing the filter cap on the pool deck, lifting the filter basket out and removing dirt before putting it back on. This process should be done once a week to keep your pool clean.
Every month, you have to clean the pipes in your filter. Set the filter to “backwash” then turn on the pump to eject the debris until clear water come out.
Important thing to remember is do not turn the filter on and off too often. Doing so can cause a mechanic malfunction. So set the filter to run at least 6 hours a day.
3. Keep Chemical Levels Consistent
Chemical levels in the pool can be the most important thing to care about. Imbalance chemical levels can cause your pool to look muddy and become a bacteria pool.
The balance test should be done at least once a week. There are five important chemical levels that should be considered;
- Cyanuric Acid – Keep it in between 30 – 50 to protect chlorine from sunlight and determines the required Free Chlorine level for outdoor pool.
- Free Chlorine – Help to keep your water safe and clean.
- PH level or acidity – Keep it between 7.5 and 7.8 to prevent irritation and protect the pool equipment.
- Total Alkalinity – Keep it in a range of 60-120 to keep the PH in balance.
- Calcium Hardness – Keep it 220-350 and lower with vinyl pool to prevent plaster damage.
After having all chemicals in balance, the water should be crystal-clear without any scent.
4. Baking Soda is a Hack
Do you know that instead of buying expensive chemicals, baking soda works well to clean your pool!
Regular baking soda can use in replace of bicarbonate to control the alkalinity of a pool without changing PH levels. Because baking soda also contains same concentration of “sodium bicarbonate” that used to clean up the pool. Adding the same amount as bicarbonate is fine.
5. Watch the Water Level
Water level is also important. The water level will usually change after it’s been raining.
Simple things to do are opening the skimmer if the water level is on halfway, filling the water if it is too low and using a pump to drain excessive water.
Recheck the chemicals levels every time when you fill or drain the water.
6. A Tennis Ball Can Help
After swimming, we leave oils inside the pool. Oils from suntan lotion, hair products and oil from our skin cause a slick on the top of water. But it is simple to remove this by using a tennis ball.
Fibers inside the tennis ball will absorb the oils that leave a slick on the water.
Follow the steps to get your pool ready for summer!