Many people today are lucky to have swimming pools in their backyards today. The purpose of a swimming pools is not only for playing and having fun, it is an important feature you can add to your space to make it look beautiful. There are different types of swimming pools depending on your preference, from an above ground pool to an in ground pool. There are also some safety requirements fry your pool to ensure that in addition to looking attractive, your children and pets are safe from drowning in the pool when playing.
It is important that your pool is kept clean at all ties to prevent build u of bacteria and germs in the pool. Due to the presence of many pollutant agents like dust and even leaves, pools require constant cleaning routines. Here are some of the tips on how maintain a swimming pool in the required conditions for use:
• Check the chemistry of the pool
This is one of the things that many people overlook today when they are maintaining their pools. It is important to regularly check the pH of the water in the pool. The correct required pH of water in the pool should be between 7.2-7.8. If the pool water has a pH of less than 7.2, you should ensure that you put less chlorine into the pool water. If you carefully control the pH of water in the pool, then you will require to add less and less chlorine to your pool water.
• Clean the skimmer often
The skimmer is installed on the walls of the pool, to ensure that it gets rid of debris on the surface of water in the pools. This way, the skimmer basket ensures that the pools remains clean and prevents saturation of the pool water by debris and dirt. The better the quality of the skimmer, the cleaner you pool will be. Every skimmer will have an access panel, which you can open and dump off the debris in the basket. Always ensure that the skimmer is clean always, in order to ensure that it is more efficient in cleaning your pool.
• Check the level of the water in the pool
It is important to ensure that the levels of water in the pool are not too low or too high. The level of water should be at the centre level of the skimmer or the pool tile. This is important to ensure that the pool tile and the skimmer are efficient in performing their work. If the level of water in the pool is lower than recommended, it may run the pump dry and lead to burning up of the pump. On the other hand, if the level of water in the pool is too high, then the door of the skimmer may not be functional. This therefore may lead to leaking of the debris from the skimmer and therefore lead your pool to be dirty.
• Check your Ozonator
If you have an Ozonator, it is important to ensure that the light is on and it actually works. An Ozonator, together with UV light are responsible in reducing the amounts of chlorine in the pool water. There are different types of Ozonator and they have different installation and maintenance methods. It is therefore very important to determine you practice proper maintenance depending on the requirements.
• Ensure that your filter is clean
A filter in the pool is responsible for providing maximum flow rate, prevent backwashing and therefore reduce wastage of water. Filters also enable clean the water and make it crystal clean. However, it is important to ensure that you clean the filters very regularly. It is particularly important to clean the filters after huge storms or after a few months. When you are cleaning these filters, ensure that you wear protective clothing and use a rubber trash can to get rid of the debris. Ensure that you always add the acid to the water and not the other way around when you are cleaning the filters. It is also advisable to have an extra set of filters to swop when you are cleaning.
• Clean the tile line
Regular cleaning of the tile line helps to reduce the accumulation of dirt and debris on the pool. The pH of the pool should be kept at 7.2. This way, it will be more difficult for the scum to develop and stick onto the surface of the walls. Contrary to that, a higher pH of the water results in deposition on everything and all surfaces of the pool.
• Take care of the cracks on the perimeter of the pool
Sometimes, you may begin to see cracks occurring on the perimeter of the pool, just between the deck and the tile. In such an occurrence, it is important that you fill the cracks with a bead of silicon. Do not let the water to move from the pool into the deck through the developed racks. This is because in the future, this may ked to very disastrous damages to the pool that would have otherwise been avoided.
• Vegetation, animals and chemicals
It is important that you keep animals, chemicals and vegetation from your pool. This is because the nitrates from the droppings of the animals and fertilizers lead to development of algae. This may cost you a lot of time and money to get rid of completely once it begins to develop. The chemicals used to clean the pool should be kept away from the sunlight and stored in a cool and dry place. When storing the chemicals, ensure that you store carefully, so that you do not store chlorine beside an acid for safety.
The swimming pool is one of the features of a backyard that makes it look more beautiful and attractive. However, pools require frequent maintenance to ensure they are safe to swim in and they remain beautiful. One of the safety ensures for your pool is the gates and fence. Ensure that the gate swing outwards and not inwards. The gates should also have an inbuilt mechanism that self-locks the swimming pool areas. This way, it is easier to avoid accidents with your toddlers and pets.