You wouldn’t know it from the weather lately, but it’s almost pool opening season and that means pool maintenance chores are soon to follow. We all know that pools require regular testing and care to make them clean and enjoyable to swim in; so in case you need a refresher, or if this is your first year with a new swimming pool, here are some maintenance tips on how to care for your pool.
Skim and Scrub Regularly
Skimming should be a daily part of cleaning your pool if you want to keep it really clean. By skimming you take some of the pressure off your filter system and you’ll have to use your pool vacuum less often. In addition to skimming and vacuuming, you’ll want to scrub the sides of your pool every couple of weeks to prevent algae from building up. You can pick up a scrub brush for this task at Brinkmann’s Hardware.
Clean Your Filter Regularly
At least once a week you should empty out your skimmer basket to remove any leaves, bugs, or other gunk that may have accumulated within. Once a month you should backwash your system in order to clean the pipes in your pool filter. Your filter should run for at least six hours a day in order to keep the swimming pool clean and the filter in good working condition.
Test Your Levels
Pools need their water chemistry tested at least once a week in order to keep them clean and safe to swim in. You can get an easy-to-use test kit from Brinkmann’s Hardware with instructions on how to use them and what you’ll need to add to get the levels where they need to be. Brinkmann’s also carries pool chemicals as well as pool shock and salt for saltwater pools. You’ll want to test your pH level, Chlorine, Cyanuric Acid, and Calcium hardness, among other things included in the test kits. If your water is cloudy you may also need to shock your pool, which entails raising the chlorine levels drastically for a short period of time to kill off any bacteria that may be causing the cloudiness in your pool water.
Use Tennis Balls!
Summer means fun in the sun but it also means a lot of sunscreens, bug sprays, and other products that can leave a slick oily sheen on the top of your water. The fibers on a tennis ball can soak up these oils and keep your pool looking nice and clean.