Do you know the proper swimming pool maintenance guide for your pool? You want your swimming pool to be an oasis of relaxation and fun. Learning the proper methods to maintain a swimming pool is easier than you think, just follow this quick, easy guide and keep your water healthy, sparkling, and clean.
Swimming Pool Maintenance Guide
Before You Start
You have to really know your pool in order to maintain it properly, and this includes knowing how much water it holds. The number of gallons of water in your pool is a necessary figure that will allow you to know the amount of chemicals that should be added to the pool, like chlorine and other necessary chemicals. You can find the volume of the pool inside the owner's manual that was packaged with the pool. If you do not have this information, you can figure the volume yourself.
What You Will Need
Balanced water is clear and clean water, and making sure that the pool water is balanced is accomplished using a test kit. These inexpensive kits will tell you if your chlorine level is optimal, and also reads the calcium hardness, pH, and alkalinity of your pool water. The various chemicals that you will need to add to your pool water under your pool maintenance schedule include:
It is used to sanitize the pool water and make it safe for swimming. Chlorine is sold in granule, liquid and tablet form. You can also purchase an inexpensive chlorine tablet floater that will dispense chlorine gradually for you.
- Stabilizer or Water Conditioner
This is cyan uric acid and helps your chlorine levels last up to three and half times longer. The range for good stabilization is 30-50 ppm. For outdoor pools, a minimum level of 40 ppm should be maintained. Without a stabilizer, the sun's rays can quickly destroy the chlorine in your water, which is why it is also referred to as a 'sun shield'. This helps keep your water safe for people and saves you money in chlorine costs.
- Shock Treatment
Boosts the effectiveness of chlorine and should be part of a weekly pool maintenance schedule.
- pH Increaser/pH Decreaser
This is a measure of the water's acidity. Keep your pool's water between 7.2-7.6. pH levels below this range mean the water will become corrosive and can damage the pool's surface and equipment. If the pH levels are too high, a scale buildup can occur leaving deposits in and around the pool.
- Calcium Hardness
The range for normal calcium hardness is from 175-275 ppm. Calcium hardness refers to the number of calcium carbonate or other dissolved minerals in the water. Low levels of calcium hardness can lead to corrosion of your pool's equipment or plaster finish. High levels of calcium hardness create cloudy water and scaling.
For proper swimming pool maintenance, you will need to test your water quality with a test kit daily and add chemicals as needed to get the water to an optimal level. You also must skim out any debris, bugs, and other material from the top of the water each day, clean the skimmer basket and check the pump to ascertain if the filter needs to be back-washed.
Once weekly, brush the sides of the pool with a stiff brush, vacuum the pool, backwash the filter, and top off the pool water if needed.
Be sure to clean any pool floats and toys as well as the pool ladder once weekly, too, to steer clear of algae growth on these items.