Everyone enjoys a refreshing dip in the pool on a hot summer day. But in order to keep the water sparkling clean and clear some maintenance is required. The maintenance of a swimming pool requires a few simple tasks. These tasks are broken up into things to do daily, weekly, and monthly and vary according to whether it is summer or winter. You can also check out our guide for the typical costs of maintaining a pool.
During the Summer Months
Check the pH and Chlorine Levels
You should check the pH of your pool at least twice a week, along with the chlorine level. The pH should read somewhere between 7.2 and 7.6 and the chlorine level should be between 1 and 3 parts per million. Make sure to use quality pH strips and to test the water only after there has been no one in the pool for at least 4 hours.
Clean Your Pool Once a Week
Use a cleaning net on a long pole to clean the surface. You should also empty the skimmer baskets of any loose debris. If there is anything that needs cleaned from the bottom of the pool you should use a vacuum cleaner designed for pool use.
Add a surface cleaner along the walls of your pool in order to stop water marks from forming along the waterline of your pool. This cleaner should be scrubbed into the walls with a brush both above and below the water line.
“Shock” Your Pool
You should “shock” your pool once a week. Shocking means to add a large amount of chlorine to your pool at once. Make sure not to overdo it and follow the instructions on the package you purchase. Also do not swim in the pool for 24 hours after you use a shock treatment as the chlorine levels will be too high. Follow up all shock treatments with a dose of Algaecide to keep algae from forming.
One thing to do as much as possible is to run the pool’s filtration system. Keeping the water constantly circulating makes it more difficult for rust and debris to build up in the first place.
During the Winter Months
Make sure to do a thorough inspection of your pool before you close down for the winter. Seal any leaks or cracks that the winter weather can make worse. If you see any damage be sure to take care of it while it is still warm.
Clean and perform a shock treatment on the pool one last time before closing for the season.
Remove any objects that may have escaped your notice while performing regular cleanings during the season. These may include ladders, inflatable objects, and kids’ toys that could have sunk to the bottom.
Empty the Parts
Drain the water from the pump, filter, and any tubing. Make sure to do this slowly and thoroughly. The last thing you want is for water to remain in these crucial parts to freeze and cause damage during the winter.
Lower the Water Level
Partially drain your pool, making sure all the water goes into the local sewer system. Never drain all of the water out of your pool. The remaining water level should be about a third of the current water level when full. If your pool has tiles then make sure the water level is below the tiles regardless of their height.
Cover it Up
The last step to care for your pool in the winter months is to cover it with a durable pool cover. Make sure the fit is tight and there are no tears or damage throughout the season.
The cost for the supplies used to maintain a swimming pool can be around $200 a month, with most of it being spent in the summer months. It is worth it though if you want to enjoy a clean and clear pool. With proper pool maintenance that anyone can do on their own, you will be well on your way to enjoying yours when the weather gets hot.