No one wants to dive into murky, swamp-like waters. Who knows what could be lurking below? Regular swimming pool maintenance can keep your waters safe and sparkling all summer long, but they are often neglected. If you haven’t hired your swimming pool company for monthly pool maintenance, here are four habits that will keep your pool safe, clean and functional for swimming.
Make a habit of skimming your pool before and after use. Floating leaves, sticks and other debris will sink to the bottom and be tougher targets for cleanup, if you splash and swim before cleaning them out. The amount of skimming necessary directly relates to the amount of time that you and your family spend in your swimming pool. The more people you have cannonballing into the deep end, the more chances there are that they’re bringing grass and dirt in with them. Using your handheld skimmer, you can quickly scoop away any filter clogging debris.
Monitor Your Filters
Changing your filter when necessary is extremely important, but don’t go overboard. Filters actually work better once they’ve collected a bit of dirt and debris. Each pool and filter is different so make sure to ask your swimming pool company how often you should change your pool’s filter.
Maintain the Recommended Water Level
Your pool’s water level should hit about halfway to two-thirds up your in-pool skimmer. If it falls below that, your pool filter pump motor is in danger of burning up. If it sits above the skimmer, it won’t be able to catch floating debris. This one’s easy. If your pool’s water level is low, grab your garden hose and fill it back up. If your levels are too high, release some water through your pool filter pump, siphon some water out or host a cannonball contest. (The first two obviously allow more control over where the excess water will end up.)
Balance pH Levels
The pH scale is a measurement of the acidity or alkalinity of a substance (in this case, your pool water). Ranging from 0 to 14, 0 being extremely acidic and 14 being extremely basic, the ideal pH reading for your pool is between 7.2 and 7.6. At this range, swimming is still safe and your chlorine can work at maximum efficiency. A high pH is corrected by adding acid and a low pH is increased with an alkali. Common acids are liquid hydrochloric acid and dry acid. For an alkali, most pool owners use soda ash.