Your Guide to Pool Care
Ready to get outside and enjoy your pool? Is it ready to go? Or does it need some maintenance? Swimming pools need regular care to ensure they are working properly. It can seem a bit overwhelming at first, but we break it down for you. We created a guide so you can understand how to care for your pool, keep it in good working order, and how to keep your pool sparkling clean.
Basics of Your Swimming Pool
While you may know the basics of your pool, it is good to understand the different parts. By understanding what the different parts of the pool do, and the role they play, you can keep everything in good working order.
Swimming pools can get pretty fancy. You can add underwater speakers, high-tech pool covers, special lighting, and advanced heating elements. Before getting too fancy, make sure you understand the basics. The basics include:
Keeping your water clean is the key to keeping your pool lasting for many years. When the water is clear, clean, and balanced there is less of a chance that it will be full of pollutants. Clean water also keeps your friends and family healthy because they will swim in clean water. Clean water also prevents mineral build-up and corrosion so your pool and pool tiles will last longer.
Next is your pool liner. The liner is in constant contact with the water, which is another reason to keep your water clean. Clean water equals a clean liner. If you don’t keep the liner clean, there is a good chance mold, algae, and debris will buildup. The buildup is frustrating and you may end up having to pay a lot of money for costly repairs.
The filter keeps water circulating, which keeps it clean. It filters out contaminants and dirt so your water is clean. If your filter isn’t functioning properly, or you don’t clean it out regularly, your pool will become polluted, cloudy, and you cannot swim in it until it is clean.
There are different types of filters such as sand filters, cartridge filters, or diatomaceous earth filters. It is important to know which type you have because that will affect your filter maintenance and how often you need to clean it.
Skimmers are different than net skimmers, which are a net on the end of a long pole. The skimmers here are the ones that pull water into the filter and push the clean water back out. Your skimmers need to stay cleaned to keep working properly. If your skimmer gets clogged, water cannot go in and out so your pool water will end up a cloud, polluted mess.
Now that you understand the basics of your pool, it is time to talk about pool maintenance. You need to think about cleaning, water circulation, and water chemistry. Keep these things in mind while you create a pool maintenance schedule.
The tools you need to clean your pool are a pool vacuum, pool brush, and a net skimmer. Debris from the trees and other outdoor elements gets into your pool. Sometimes animals find their way in as well. Don’t be surprised if you find a frog or two while you are cleaning.
You should skim the pool, brush, and vacuum it at least once a week to keep the pool clean. If you need more help, try an automatic pool cleaner. You will still need to brush and skim, but it automatically vacuums the pool.
Moving water equals cleaner water. Water that stays stagnant becomes unsterile and contaminated. Stagnant water breeds mold, parasites, and bacteria. Gross. If you keep your water circulating, you will avoid all the nastiness and your pool water will stay crystal clear.
To keep water moving, run your pump and filter every day to maximize the water flow. If you cannot run your pump and filter 24/7, then run your filter at least 10 to 12 hours a day.
Another thing to do is backwash your filter. Backwashing is reversing the flow of water through the filter to flush out the contaminants and dirty water. They are then flushed out of the waste port so your water stays cleaner. The type of filter plays a part in what type of backwash you do, which is another reason it is important to know what type of filter you have.
Chemistry is key and an essential part of pool maintenance. Make sure you have a testing kit so you know what chemicals need to be added. The chemicals need to stay balanced for the pool water to stay clear.
Sanitizer levels are the amount of bromine, chlorine, etc in your water. The levels are different depending on what type of sanitizer you have.
Alkalinity is a buffer and keeps the water from spiking into acidity or basicity. Aim for a range of 100 to 150 parts per million.
The pH levels measure how basic or acidic your pool water is. High levels are basic where low levels are acidic. Try to keep the range between 7.4 to 7.6.
While you need to take care of your water, you also need to take care of your swimming pool tiles. Calcium buildup is the most common issue when it comes to pool tiles. It happens when you have high alkalinity or high pH levels.
To get rid of calcium deposits, use vinegar, water, and a toothbrush. If you have extra stubborn calcium stains, use tile cleaner with muriatic acid.
Keep Your Pool and Pool Tiles Sparkling Clean
Taking good care of your pool and pool tiles will keep your pool in good working order. It is also a much healthier environment for your friends and family to swim in. Keep an eye on your pool chemicals and remember to clean it at least once a week.