The next thing demanding your attention after making all those important decisions regarding your new pool is pool maintenance. If you’ve never had to consider pool upkeep before or never owned a pool in the past, this may seem like a difficult undertaking. But don’t worry, pool upkeep can soon become a way of life – if you start strong and build solid habits and routines. This will allow you and your family to enjoy a lot of pool time for many years to come.
Skim the Pool Daily
It should become a daily habit to skim the pool. It won’t take very long to do if you keep up with it every day, but this simple and easy task will help to stop issues in their tracks. Simply remove any leaves or other debris from the water’s surface by skimming it. In addition to keeping the water in your pool clear and clean, the objective here is to stop debris from clogging the filtration system. Stretching old panty hose over a skimmer net or used window screen may let you easily collect smaller material in addition to using a typical skimmer basket. Simply throw away the panty hose when it is too filthy to reuse and replace the hose with another used pair.
Scrub the Pool Weekly
It takes a little more effort to complete the second pool maintenance duty, but thankfully it shouldn’t need to be done completely more than twice a month. On the other hand, you should perform some spot cleaning on a daily basis anytime you see any algae growth. Simply use a regular scrub brush to scrape any spots that need attention. (However, to prevent algae, even areas without evident buildup should still be cleansed every other week.)
You can complete this task without exerting too much effort if the growth is obstinate. Use an old sock this time, and soak it in chlorine. After a few hours, clean the problematic region after letting the chlorine-soaked sock sit on that area. By reacting with the algae, the chlorine will essentially perform the work for you.
Additionally, pool floors must occasionally be cleansed. We advise using a robot vacuum made specifically for pool floors. (The Polaris Pool 360, which is in the intermediate pricing bracket and has excellent reviews, is a great option.)
Clean the Filter Monthly
Similar to your body’s kidneys, your pool’s filter removes impurities to allow it to operate at its best. Make sure to clear out your filter basket once a week. Turning off the filter, removing the filter cap, lifting out the filter basket, and clearing any debris are the four easy steps involved in this simple task.
Make sure to clean up the pipes in your filtration system once a month. This can be done via backwashing. Set your filter to “backwash” and take out the leaf basket to finish this job. After emptying the basket, switch on the pump and let it run until clean water starts to come out of the waste pipe. (Be careful not to switch the filter on and off too frequently; doing so could result in mechanical cracking.)
Smart Tip: You might want to set your pool filter on a timer so that it runs each day for at least 6 hours.
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