Like all good pool owners, you strive to maintain good pool hygiene. But pool upkeep can be hard work, not because it’s hard, but because it can be easy to forget all that goes into maintaining your pool. That’s why this ultimate guide to pool upkeep was created. You might want jot down some of this info, or maybe even make your own list so you’ll never neglect proper maintenance. Let’s get started.
Opening and closing your swimming pool
As a general rule, you should open your pool for the season when the temperature is consistently above 70 degrees during the day. This helps prevent algae and pollen from building up in the warm weather. First, you need to remove your pool cover and activate your pool filter and pool pump. Then clean and vacuum your pool. Finally, you should balance the water by adding proper chemicals.
So when should you close your pool? Ideally, before the temperature falls under 30 degrees at night. Start by thoroughly cleaning and balancing the pool. Make sure to vacuum any debris that may be at the bottom of the pool. Allow the chemicals to be filtered for a full 24 hours.
As far as lowering the water level goes, remove all plugs and water from the pump and filter system, including any heating elements like a heat pump. Then blow out and plug all the plumbing lines. Remove any ladders or handrails, and finally put the cover on. You’re closed for the season!
Cleaning Dirt and Debris
Cleaning up surface debris like leaves, dirt, and bugs is pretty simple. Anyone can get a hold of a telescopic pole and skimmer net and manually collect the debris floating atop the swimming pool. However for more regular cleaning and tougher solids, an automatic vacuum is the way to go.
Balancing the water chemistry
Regularly testing and balancing your water chemistry is a huge part of pool upkeep. It ensures that your pool water is safe to swim in. Chlorine isn’t the only chemical you need to worry about. You need to balance total alkalinity, calcium hardness, the pH, and your pool stabilizers.
Getting rid of Algae
If you notice your pool is turning a icky green color, you are likely dealing with an algae infestation. Algae usually grows when chlorine is low and pH is high or low. Treat it by first verifying that your water chemistry is within the ideal range. Next, add chlorine until it’s at the proper level. Then, shock the pool water and brush the pool surface and walls well. Finally, run the pump on high speed nonstop until the water clears.