The summer is the best time to use your swimming pool. This also means you will be using your pool a lot! You can only use your swimming pool if it's clean and well maintained. We recommend sticking to a regular schedule to make sure your pool is always ready.
1. Skim & Clean Your Pool
This might seem like a simple task, but skimming and cleaning your swimming pool must be done regularly to keep up with the other maintenance tasks. It’s recommended that pools are skimmed daily, to keep any debris, bugs and dirt from building up in your pool. You’ll also need a pool vacuum to get any debris or build-up on the bottom of the pool every other day. If this task is too taxing on you, try using a robotic pool vacuum to make it a bit easier.
2. Check Your Pool Chemicals
Unfortunately, it's not quite as simple as putting water in a swimming pool and going for a swim. You must add chemicals to the water, such as chlorine, to make sure the water is clean. Because of mother nature, the chemical makeup of the pool can change throughout the week. The three main chemical levels you’ll want to focus on is pH balance, alkalinity and chlorine. While the recommended levels can be changed based on the size and type of pool, you’ll want to make sure everything checks out OK. If your levels are off, it can cause sickness or skin irritation, as well as pool damage. Invest in a pool water test kit and test your water every two to three days, especially after a big storm or if your pool is to be used more frequently.
3. Install A Swimming Pool Cover
One way to try and keep debris out and a pool warm is by installing a swimming pool cover. This can make your pool chores a bit easier. Solar pool covers not only use sunlight to keep the water at a comfortable temperature, but they can also keep out bugs, leaves and more. It’s a worthwhile investment!
4. Shock A Swimming Pool As Needed
While you don’t need to shock your pool as often as other maintenance tasks, it should be done regularly. By adding a high amount of chlorine to a pool, you can kill bacteria that is living in the water. You may notice that your pool is ready for this if you see your water becoming cloudy or algae build up. You should also consider shocking your swimming pool after a party. Be sure to follow the manufacturers instructions carefully, so you don’t harm the pool or swimmers.
5. Add Security Features
Pool safety is one of the most important aspects of maintenance. If you have yet to add lighting features, do so now. A fence is also important, especially if you have children or pets. If you have a fence, make sure to inspect it regularly and make sure the gate has a secure lock, so no one can enter without you knowing.
6. Keep The Pool Deck Clean
Another safety hazard that should be maintained is your pool deck. Toys, inflatable rafts and pool noodles seem to always end up on the deck. Make cleaning up the pool deck a part of your weekly maintenance routine. These could easily become ways people can trip and fall, near or in the pool. Additionally, you’ll want to sweep the pool deck to keep leaves, rocks and dirt from getting close to your pool. This can cut down on the time you actually spend skimming your pool weekly.
7. Use Your Pool
Last but not least, be sure to use your pool! It’s a lot of work to maintain a safe pool, so be sure to enjoy all your effort by getting out side and making a splash.
Pool maintenance is very important for any homeowner. Creating a schedule can help you stay on track with what needs to be taken car of so everyone can enjoy their time swimming. If you need help, always remember that there are pool pros available to help to make maintaining your swimming pool less of a burden!