From the first time a swimming pool installation was performed to this very day, the luxury and comfort which a pool right in your backyard provides is unrivaled in most residential communities. Yet, authorities on both home remodeling and the real estate markets are advising more and more against investing in an in-ground swimming pool installation, stating in most cases that the inconvenience of swimming pool maintenance, cleaning, repairs, and upkeep is too great to make the purchase a wise decision in the long-run. Still, for countless homeowners the inconvenience of needing to take care of a pool is hardly worth considering when compared to the enjoyment and relaxation which comes from owning one. For these individuals, finding as convenient a swimming pool maintenance plan as possible is the best possible goal and by following these simple steps they’ll have finally reached that goal.
Removing Major Debris Buildup
On at least a weekly basis during your pool’s active season carefully skim the surface of the pool with either a standard hand-skimmer or a more advanced automatic skimmer connected to your swimming pool’s original filtration system. This will make your pool look and feel better while also ensuring that you save money over time which would otherwise be spent on replacing damaged parts of your pool’s surface and its filtration system. And speaking of the filtration system, on the same weekly basis as your skimming be sure to empty all filtration baskets of the collected debris which has built up. This will keep the entire system running more efficiently and for a longer period of time.
Vacuuming Stuck On Debris
Once your pool is free of floating debris use a properly maintained pool vac to vacuum the walls and bottom of the swimming pool. Doing this in a consistent, lawn mowing style ensures that every part of the surfaces in your pool is clear of disgusting buildup of debris as well as any mildew which may have begun growing over time. Doing this on a regular basis with additional cleanings with a soft bristle brush to scrub loose any especially stubborn pieces of debris will help to save the surfaces of your pool from developing cracks which require expensive repairs to fix.
Carefully Monitor and Adjust Chemical Levels
Your swimming pool should have a water pH level of roughly 7.0 and if it varies far from that point can very quickly do damage to the pool’s structure and anyone swimming in it. Use a careful combination of adjusting chemicals to dial in the pH of your pool and then move on to measuring the level chlorine present in the water. When you pool was initially installed it should have included a chlorine measuring test which will alert you if the percentage of chlorine in the water is higher or lower than the concentration it’s supposed to maintain. If you find that this is showing signs of trouble in your pool, use chlorine capsules dissolved in water to equal out the levels and make the pool comfortable and inviting for everyone who uses.