When you first get your new pool, it looks just divine, the water sparkles and tiles are perfectly clean and hopefully it looks even better than you had hoped for. This is how you want your pool to remain, and provided you follow the tips below; that isn’t actually as difficult as it might seem.
Little And Often
Keeping your pool crystal clean, is similar to keeping your lawn in pristine condition. Never let things get out of hand, by practicing a regular maintenance program. If and when you see issues developing, tackle the problem instantly rather than leaving it for a few days to get worse.
Not only will you find it easier to solve by attacking it rapidly, but you could also potentially save yourself a lot of problems and expense further down the line. This is far and away the most important tip to follow, and it is an excellent habit to get into.
Regularly Check Your Water Level
This rather simple tip may seem unimportant, but it is essential to the filtration system, which is at the heart of a clean pool. The water level should always right in the middle of your pool skimmer. The reason for this and why it is so important is twofold.
If the water is too low, there is a risk that not enough water will get to the pump, causing it to burn itself out. Conversely, if the water is too high, then the skimmer will simply not work, causing your pool to become dirty surprisingly quickly.
Keep All Exterior Substances Away From The Pool
Plants, animals, and chemicals should be kept away from the pool permanently. Algae is one of the biggest problems affecting swimming pools, and Algae requires something to feed on.
As disgusting as it sounds, the nitrates from bird droppings, and waste from animals or people provide the food that Algae needs to thrive. It is also not a good idea to let fertilizers or other chemicals flow into the pool, for obvious reasons.
Regularly Check The PH Of Your Pool
This quick and simple test will inform you how high the PH is. Water which is high in PH will leave marks and stains on virtually everything it touches. Check the water line, as this, will normally be the first place where the issues will become apparent.
If you do see a mark beginning to form around the circumference of the pool at water level, clean it instantly, don’t let the dirt become deeply ingrained.
Manually Remove The Floating Dirt And Debris Daily
Insects, dirt and other detritus which are visible to the human eye will eventually fall to the floor of your pool, and may or may not be dealt with by the filtration system. Letting this happen is the equivalent of driving your car with the handbrake permanently on.
All it takes is for you to quickly skim the surface of the water and remove the debris daily. This takes mere seconds and means that you are not forcing your filtration system to work harder than it needs to.
Keep Chlorine And Other Treatments Safe And Out Of The Sunshine
Chlorine is directly affected by the heat of the sun. Store it in a cool dark environment, and be aware that if the sun is particularly hot and bright, the chlorine in your pool will be exhausted much quicker than normal. Never store Chlorine and acid next to each other.
Deal With Any Damage Instantly Otherwise It Could Become Expensive
At some point, there is a good chance you will notice some cracks developing between your pool and the tiled surface. If and when this is the case, try to seal the gaps instantly with silicone, and call in the experts.
It is quite ironic, but the reality is that water, underneath the pool, can and will cause it serious damage. Not only that but this little cracks will quickly fill up with dirt making the pool look unsightly.
These few tips will help you to keep the pool looking as good as the day you first set eyes on it. Involve the entire family in these jobs, and this will ensure everyone takes ownership of the pool, rather than just leaving it to one person in the family after all, everyone wants to use the pool!