Monday, July 24, 2017
Home Maintenance Tips
The dog days of summer are definitely upon us so it’s definitely time to get outside and enjoy the hot and humid weather. For those of us that have a pool in our backyard, having a pool can very much be a blessing for the entire family as a way to beat the heat. But any pool owner knows only too well the time required to take care of your pool.
As a continuation to last month’s blog regarding patio and deck maintenance tips, we’ve come with this list of tips that will enable you to get the full enjoyment out of your pool.
Skim and skim some more
Debris from your yard and elsewhere can create some serious problems for your pool if not managed properly. Be sure to clean any debris from the surface of the pool with a skimmer basket as often as you can and clean any debris in the skimmer itself as it can cause significant problems if it’s allowed to build-up over time.
Vacuuming the pool
Vacuuming your pool on a regular basis – ideally before or right after you use it – is a great habit to get into. It will keep your pool clean while removing any unwanted debris that could damage your skimmer and filter. Vacuuming an average sized pool can take around 30 minutes so be sure to allocate the required time to this activity. Vacuum in overlapping lines as you would when cutting your lawn.
Getting the right chemical balance
One thing every pool owner must do on a regular basis is check the chemical levels of their pool. Failure to do this could result in serious damage to your pool (i.e. algae growth) or to those that use it. The pH or the relative acidity of your water should be between 7.2 and 7.8. If it’s above or below this range you will need to treat the water to return it to these values. Also, if the chlorine is below 1 part per million (ppm) or the alkalinity is less than 90 ppm, you will need to "shock" the water.
Backwash and clean the filter
Your pump filter is a very important part of your pool and needs to be taken care of to ensure it stays clean so you can enjoy your pool when you want to and avoid costly repair bills. Backwashing your filter is a relatively easy and efficient way to clean your filter. Also remember to clean the hair and lint catcher on the filter pump on a regular basis.
Add chlorine/salt and check water levels
Much like checking on the pH, you also need to regularly check the chlorine or salt levels to ensure they are adequate. Add additional chlorine or salt promptly to your pool to ensure your pool will function properly and be safe to swim in, and to help avoid any undue stress or damage to the various components of your pool. It’s also important to carefully check your pool’s water levels on a regular basis. The water should be between 1/3 and 1/2 way up the opening of your pool skimmer.
As you can see, there is quite a bit to do if you own a pool and plan on maintaining it yourself. Creating a regular schedule to take care of these various tasks is the best way to make them less onerous and overwhelming, and to ensure you take care of each item in a timely manner. Do this and you and your family will have a swimming pool you can enjoy for years to come!