If you’ve finally achieved your dream of installing your very own pool, congratulations. You can look forward to taking refreshing dips after work and hosting weekend pool parties for your friends and family.
Though your pool should primarily be a source of relaxation and enjoyment, don’t forget the importance of pool maintenance. Getting used to the upkeep involved with your pool can feel a bit overwhelming at first, but once you get the hang of it, pool maintenance can become a regular part of your weekly routine. In this series, we’ll look at some helpful tips to making sure your pool will be the clear, sparkling backyard oasis you’ve always wanted. This first article will focus on incorporating a pool cleaning checklist to your calendar.
1. Give Your Pool a Daily Skimming
No one likes to swim in a pool that’s filled with leaves, bugs, dirt, and debris. That’s why skimming your pool on a daily basis is an absolute must for proper pool maintenance. If you want to make your life a little easier, consider investing in a robot vacuum to get down to the hard-to-reach area near the bottom of your pool. This will come in especially handy if you have a deep end to your pool!
2. Scrub the Algae Off the Sides of Your Pool Bi-Weekly
You should schedule a time at least once every two weeks to scrub algae build-up off the sides of your pool with a scrub brush. Spots that won’t scrub off easily with a brush may need to be treated by laying a chlorine-soaked cloth over them for several hours. Once they’ve been chlorine treated, the spots should scrub off with the brush.
3. Clear out your Pool Filter Basket Weekly
Pool filter baskets are a wonderful invention that gets rid of all sorts of junk from your pool that you don’t always catch when you skim it. This could include bugs, toys, leaves, dirt, you name it. If it gets into the pool, the filter basket is there to catch it. That’s why it’s crucial to clear your filter basket out on a regular basis. Don’t forget to turn off your filter before you take off the filter cap. Then simply remove the basket, dump out the gunk that’s trapped inside, and then replace the basket and cap.
4. Clean out your Pool Filter Pipes Monthly
Besides clearing out the basket, you’ll also need to remember to clean out the pipes connected to your pool’s filtration system on a monthly basis. This can be done by a method known as “backwash.” After you’ve done one of your regular pool filter basket cleanings, set your filter to “backwash” mode. Switch on your pool’s pump. Keep the pump running until the water coming out of the filter pipe looks completely clear.
Maintaining your pool starts with keeping it clean. In the next article in this series on pool maintenance, we’ll explore some other vital steps to keep in mind if you want your pool to stay beautiful and well-maintained all year long.
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