The summer heat can drive people up the wall! The easiest way to take the edge off is to take a dip into your backyard pool. However, if you don’t take the time to maintain your pool, it can easily become dirty and overrun with bacteria. The maintenance of your pool will help you enjoy it for many summers to come and will add an aesthetically pleasing dimension to your property. Read below for some summer pool cleaning tips:
- Clean out debris floating in the pool by using a leaf skimmer on a daily basis. Debris in a pool can get caught in your pool filter if they are too big and potentially cause damage. Also, if small rocks or pebbles enter your pool they can be stepped on and cause minor injuries to your feet.
- Use a scrub or pool vacuum to clean the walls of your pool. By doing this, you will help prevent algae build up on the walls of your pool. Also, be mindful of the wall material you have. For a tile wall use a soft brush, so you don’t scratch the tile, and for a plaster lined concrete pool use a stiff brush.
- Monitor the pH level of your pool. The pH level is one that represents the acidity of the water in your pool. The pH level is important because you want to avoid swimming in acidic water for health reasons. The ideal range of acidity in your pool is in between 7.2 and 7.8. Tool kits for measuring your pool’s pH level are available.
- Find and repair any leaks. As you look at your pool and notice that the water level seems to be declining, you may want to take a closer look. If you find out that your pool water is leaking, contact your pool manufacturer for advice.
- Apply shock to your pool. Evenly sprinkle a one pound bag of shock into your pool and let it stay there for 24 hours. Shock will help destroy any tough algae that are building up in your pool.
The process of keeping your pool clean this summer is one that can seem tedious, but it is worth it on those hot days! Your pool’s well-being will add years to its lifetime, therefore, giving you your money’s worth.