Summer Pool Upkeep
It’s crucial to be aware of the maintenance requirements for your pool in the summer as you get ready for gatherings with friends and family. Here are some pool upkeep duties to keep it cool and clear:
There is a potential that the wind will blow trash into the pool if there are any trees, bushes, or other vegetation nearby. Before someone dives in, you must remove the debris with a hand or leaf skimmer so it appears clean and clear. This will need to be done twice a week for two weeks. By doing this, you can improve the circulation of the pool water and lower its chemical content.
Clean the pool
You should vacuum the pool once a week or invest in an automated vacuum that runs on a schedule in order to remove the tough-to-reach trash and reduce the number of chemicals you need to add. The vacuum cleans the pool’s surface similar to how you would a floor. To guarantee you don’t miss any spots, be careful to overlap each section of the pool. To ensure that the vacuum filter always captures the debris, inspect and clean it as needed.
A pool can often be entirely vacuumed in about 30 minutes. You might need to vacuum one half of a very wide pool before moving on to the other. But be careful not to vacuum up the hose. Use a nylon brush and some chemical pool cleaner to scrape away any algae or other hard debris that has adhered to the pool.
Maintain the pool’s filters
There are three types of pool filters available: cartridges, sand, and diatomaceous earth (DE). Depending on the type you have, maintenance will vary, but regular cleaning is required for all of them. If your filter isn’t cleaned frequently, it won’t be able to catch the debris, which could cause your pool water to become cloudy or discolored. The increased pressure gauge and flow meter will also indicate a change in the flow of your water. The filter must be cleaned in order to:
- Backwash the valve by turning it.
- Empty the filter bag for a DE filter every other week.
- Remove the cartridge and hose it down for it.
Because the sand filter, which is no longer frequently used, filters water into your waste system and is dependent on a storm drain, you might choose to replace it with one of the other two filters.
Keep the pH Level Stable
Make sure the pH levels in the pool stay the same to prevent accidents or ruined clothing at the start of the summer. The pool water’s acidity, which can range from 0 to 14, is measured using a pH scale. In order to keep the water clean and safe for swimmers, the optimal pool water temperature should be between 7.2 and 7.8. To meter the water, you should keep a testing kit with test strips on hand.
Chemicals must be added to the water to correct it if it is either below or above the acceptable range for swimming water. You must add soda ash to raise the range to 7.2. You’ll need to utilize muriatic ash to lower the levels. If you don’t already have these chemicals on hand, you might hire a local, reputable pool service to handle the job for you. They are accustomed to handling such chemicals.
To regulate the chemicals and pH levels in your pool, think about utilizing a smartphone app.
Locate and fix leaks
Before anyone dives in, you should always examine your pool at the start of the summer for leaks and other issues. If your water only feels low at the start of the season, it could be difficult to locate some of the leaks. The bucket test is the finest method of verification. You indicate the water line after filling a bucket 3/4 of the way. Mark the line outside the bucket once you’ve placed it in the pool, then let it float there for a few days. Evaporation occurs when the water level decreases by the same amount. You need to call a professional if the water level is lower outside due to a leak.
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