A clean and functional swimming pool can become the aesthetic centerpiece to a beautiful back garden or home, but your pool can quickly become unusable if not maintained properly. A build-up of dirt or algae can stop you from being able to swim while a leak or damaged filter can lead to a lot of time or money being spent on maintenance and repairs, while something like poor water chemistry can even endanger you and those around you. Regular pool maintenance is a simple process that can be repeated year-long to ensure that it is ready for when the time comes.
Cleaning your pool
One of the most vital parts of pool maintenance is to ensure that your pool is clean at all times and that any dirt or debris that drops into it is removed as soon as possible. Below are several ways you can ensure that your pool stays in top condition year-round.
- Sweep the pool’s surface. Use a skimmer net to pick up any dirt or debris that may be on the surface of the water, doing this regularly will ensure that this dirt does not drop to the bottom of the pool.
- Clean the walls. A brush can be used to scrub the walls and ensure that there are no algae growing in tight spaces whilst also picking up any residue or dirt.
- Vacuum the floor. Old dirt that has dropped to the bottom of the pool and settled can be removed through the use of a vacuum; this needs to be done slowly in order to avoid stirring up any more dirt. There are multiple types of vacuums made specifically for cleaning pools which may be used to make this task easier.
- Clean the filter. If you find yourself doing all the other steps fairly often it may be due to your filter being faulty and not circulating the water properly, there are multiple types of filters and it’s recommended that you check how to clean the type-specific to you.
- Tidy the area around the pool. With a bit of wind, any dirt near your pool may be dragged directly in. If you are constantly using the deck you may need to sweep regularly.
Protecting Your Pool When It’s Not in Use
There will be multiple months every year when using your pool may not be practical and it is therefore important to ensure that it is protected regardless of the conditions outside. If you find yourself needing to protect your pool in wintery conditions a cover is absolutely essential and can stop a large amount of debris and dirt from entering your pool. There are also types of covers that stop sunlight from entering thereby stopping algae growth.
Making Sure Your Water is Safe
As is the case with any large body of water, there is a chance that your swimming pool may be carrying harmful contaminants or even diseases and it is therefore important to use a water test kit or get the water tested at a store that specialises in pool maintenance every so often to ensure that your pool is safe you and those around you.