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Jun 22, 2020

Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips

If you’re thinking about getting a pool then you’re probably daydreaming about hosting weekend pool parties with friends, swimming laps before the workday, and perfecting your tan as you teach your kids to swim, or enjoying the latest mystery novel poolside. But aside from the fun possibilities that come with having a pool also comes the hefty responsibility of pool maintenance.

If you already have a swimming pool, then you know maintenance is a big commitment. But you also know that it’s totally worth it when you can enjoy your safe, clean swimming pool all summer  long.

Why is it important to maintain your swimming pool?

Maintaining your pool is important for keeping the water clean and safe. If not properly maintained, pools can become overrun with harmful bacteria and algae. This not only makes your swimming experience less fun but also unsafe. Properly maintaining your swimming pool can also increase its longevity; ensuring you and your family have it to enjoy for years to come!

Whether you’re still considering if a pool is right for you or you’re looking to brush up on your pool maintenance knowledge as the weather warms, we’ve put together some tips to help you keep your swimming pool ship-shape and ready to use this summer.

5 Tips for Maintaining Your Swimming Pool 

Familiarize yourself with your pool’s anatomy: To properly maintain your pool it’s important to be familiar with its key components. These include your pool’s water, the interior wall or liner, the filtration system, and the skimmers and returns system. Knowing all of the parts that make up your pool will allow you to focus on how each needs to be cleaned and maintained differently.

Keep a schedule:  When it comes to pool maintenance, consistency is key! It’s best to establish a weekly cleaning routine; use this time to do a shock treatment if necessary and measure the chlorine levels  in your pool. It’s best to test your chlorine level two to three times a week but if you’re new to pool-ownership you may want to check it every day. You may need to do additional shock treatments if you experience heavy rain or wind storms, extreme temperatures, algae growth, foul odor, slimy water or if your pool has experienced a larger than normal volume of swimmers. Aside from your chlorine level, you’ll also want to keep an eye on pH, or the level of acidity. The optimal pH for pool water is 7.4.

Always follow safety instructions: Maintaining the safety of your pool means dealing with a handful of different chemicals. Make sure you always follow the safety instructions outlined on the package and store your pool chemicals out of reach from young hands and pets.

Grab the skimmer: Do you have debris floating in the pool? Grab your skimmer and fish out unwanted leaves, sticks, etc. This will help keep your water clear and clean. Do you have kids who are old enough to help you with house chores and also know how to swim? This is a great job for them - just make sure you’re always in eyesight in case they accidentally fall in. Safety first!

Get a pool vacuum: Vacuums are great for cleaning the lining of your pool and preventing algae build-up. When vacuuming, hit all areas of the pool lining, paying special attention to the areas with poor circulation, where algae is more likely to accumulate.

Maintaining your pool is no easy chore but it’s totally worth it to have a place to cool off during the summer and enjoy with your family and friends. Now that your pool is cleaned up and ready to go, click on the button below to learn more about pool safety to make the most of your swimming adventures this summer.