Sunday, 27 August 2017
It is critical for you to keep your swimming pool maintained so everyone can enjoy it. A properly maintained pool will be beneficial in many ways:
· The water will be safer for everyone to swim around in. It will not be too difficult for people to swim in as it will not feel overly acidic or basic.
· Proper maintenance keeps a pool from suffering from corrosion. This includes corrosion to a pump, liner and other parts.
· The filter and other features around the pool will also work properly and keep water flowing when it is all maintained well.
There are many things that must be done when cleaning and
keeping your pool comfortable and safe. These plans are especially critical for
ensuring that nothing difficult can come about when trying to keep your pool
ready and functional for any plan.
Keep Plant Debris Out
The first plan for maintenance should involve looking at how
debris can come about in your water. All plant debris should be cleaned out
properly. Several things should be done:
· Use a proper net or other material to clean out any leaves or other plant materials that get into your pool.
· Prune any trees or other surrounding items that are near your pool.
· Use a proper pool cover while your pool is not in use. This for cases where you have a large number of trees or other plants in a local area.
Take Care of Your Pool Cover
A great pool cover can last for years to come and will ensure that your pool is secured when you aren’t planning on using it for a while. But in order to make it work, you must check on the body of the cover. Review its surface and make sure it is brushed off regularly.
Use a shop vacuum or pump to clean off the cover before
taking it off. This prevents any water or debris on its body from getting into
the pool water.
Analyze the pH Regularly
Check on the pH of the water in the pool on a regular basis.
Do this once or twice each week. The pH should be from 7.2 to 7.8. There are a
few things that can be done as you need to adjust the pH:
· Add soda ash when you need to raise the pH. Borax may also work.
· Sodium bisulfate or muriatic acid should be applied if you need to lower the pH.
· Check on how well the chlorine responds to the changes in the pH. It works best when the pH is from 7.2 to 7.8.
Vacuuming Your Pool
A vacuum can help you with cleaning a pool. A basic personal
pool vacuum should be good enough but there are a few points that must be
followed if you are going to vacuum your pool the right way.
· Use a hose on the vacuum to clear out the skimmer basket. Dump the contents of the basket and vacuum out all the parts in the area so it is fully open. This should be done each week.
· Use a slow linear motion as you
use the vacuum. This is similar to what you would do when working on a regular
· Avoid lifting the vacuum head until you go to the filter slab. Open the valves that might have closed.
· Clear out the drain at the bottom. The drain must not have any obstructions inside its body.
Add a Brush
A brush should be used around the walls and floor of your pool. As you remove the water, brush off the surfaces before you start vacuuming. This should remove any calcium deposits stuck in the area. As those deposits are cleared out, the potential for algae and other growths to form is reduced.
Try using a soft brush if you have tiles that might be sensitive. A less sensitive brush should help to loosen old deposits without damaging the tiles.
How Much Water IsNeeded?
Check on how well you are adding water into your pool. It is often easier for water to take in outside materials and debris if it is too high up. Keep the water filled up with a six-inch gap between the edges of the pool and the actual pool body itself. This should be enough to keep the water comfortable and less likely to be dirty while keeping the pressure on the pump and skimmer from being too high.
Even with this, you must still keep the pump covered. The pump will not work properly if it is too dry. Keep the water level above the skimmer as well. It will not take in debris if it is too low.
Check Your Filters
The filters around your pool should be checked weekly. This is regardless of the materials used in the filter. Review how well the water moves out of the filter. You might have to clean out the filter if the water is not moving as quickly as it should.
Any sand or other physical substrates will have to be replaced inside filters as well. For a sand filter, you must replace the sand every five years. For diatomaceous earth materials, you should get them replaced or refilled every couple of months. There is a potential for some of these materials to break down prematurely, thus keeping them from being overly effective when cleaning out your pool.
Check the pressure gauge and flow meter on your filter regularly. You must clean out the area if the difference between the two gets to be 10 to 15 pounds in intensity for every square inch.
Test and Fix All Leaks
The last point to use is to fix all leaks that appear. While
a professional is typically required to help you patch up leaks, you can test
your pool for leaks by using a bucket test:
· Fill a bucket about three-quarters of the way with water.
· Place the bucket on the pool surface. Keep a note of the water line as you do this.
· Check back in a few days to see if the water inside the pool has evaporated at the same rate as what is in the bucket. If the water in the pool has declined substantially then you must contact a professional for added help.
All of these plans are important for when you are aiming to
get your pool fixed. Be sure you look at what you can do to keep it all
protected and comfortable.