DIY Pool Maintenance: HOW TO KEEP YOUR POOL CLEAN
This D-I-Y blog post will guide you in the maintenance of your swimming pool: that means a clean, sparking and inviting pool. These suggestions will work for most pools, but some of these will not fit in the Easy Pool Maintenance Box. However, this is a general maintenance guide that can be used to prevent a variety of issues. A consistent maintenance routine can help to reduce breakouts of yellow or green algae due to extreme weather and equipment failure.
Factors to consider
Your Filtration System – Pump and Filter
The first step to proper pool maintenance is ensuring that the filtration system, (the pump and filter), are running the proper amount of time. A typical rule of thumb is 1 hour of run time for every 10 degrees of temperature. Or, if the daily temperature is 90 degrees the pump should run a minimum of 9 hrs. A best practice is to run the pump 8-10 hours per day during the daytime. The goal is to have all of the water pass through the filter every day at least 1 ½ times. Filtered water ultimately means cleaner and clearer water. Circulating water at optimum pressure is less likely to get algae vs. standing or low pressure filtering. Learn more about filters and the best option for your pool.
Water chemistry must be tested at least once a week. Pick the same day each week. When you get into the habit of testing the water weekly, you will become more familiar with the personality of your pool. The most important levels to test in your pool are the free chlorine, pH and total alkalinity. If you have a salt chlorinator, check your salt levels as well. On the same day, adjust your chemicals. After the water chemistry is tested and adjusted it is time to clean the pool.
Remove all the debris from the top of the pool using either a leaf net or leaf rake. It is important to remove any large debris from the pool floor. Once all the debris is skimmed off the surface, it is time to empty the skimmer baskets. These are the baskets on the side of the pool where the water flows into and traps all floating debris. If you have a pool cleaner, empty the bag or vactrap and make sure the throat of the cleaner is not clogged.
Vacuum the Pool
Now that the baskets are empty, it is time to vacuum the pool. Some of you have a pressure side pool cleaner (like a Polaris) they do a great job of picking up debris, but they don’t always get the dirt and dust off the bottom. It is best to hose vacuum your pool through the skimmer and connected to the filter. In order to vacuum your pool, hook your hose up to your flat vacuum and pool pole. Once assembled, sink the hose, place the vacuum head and hose into the pool and eliminate all air in the hose line. When all of the air is out of the hose line, connect the hose to the skimmer and begin vacuuming your pool.
Brushing your Pool
On the same day that you adjust your chemicals, it is a good time to brush the pool. Brushing your pool will increase the circulation in the pool, especially in the dead spots. Dead spots are areas in the pool where the water doesn’t flow as well as in other areas of the pool. Some examples of dead spots in your pool are: corners, coves, seating areas, splash decks and around bar stools.
Adopting these simple d-i-y steps, your pool will stay clean and refreshing all summer long.