Protecting Your Pool
Keeping your pool sparkling clean doesn’t have to be as time consuming and troublesome as you might think.
All pools are different and so are their maintenance needs. But they do all share one common trait – the secret to pristine pool health is regular, routine care.
Even if you use a service company to take care of your pool, you still need to do a few things on your own to ensure your pool stays in good condition for years.
Skimming the pool’s surface by hand every few days is one of the fastest and easiest ways to keep your pool clean. Floating debris will eventually sink, becoming harder to remove.
Skimming significantly increases the efficiency of the pool’s circulation system and lowers the amount of chlorine you’ll need to add to your pool. Cleaning out strainer baskets at least once a week also helps circulation and lowers chlorine demands.
A pool should be vacuumed every week to keep water clear and reduce the amount of chemicals you need to add to it. Check the filter each time you vacuum, and clean it if necessary.
However, vacuuming isn’t the only maintenance that should be done once a week. Brushing the walls and tile helps minimise algae build-up and calcium deposits so they don’t fester and become larger problems.
The material your pool walls are made of dictates what kind of cleaning tools you should use. Select a stiff brush for plaster-lined concrete pools and a softer brush for vinyl or fiberglass walls. For tiles, use a soft brush to prevent scratching.
How often you clean the filter depends on the type of filter your pool has, and how often you use the pool. Cleaning the filter more often than recommended can actually make it less efficient, because a small amount of dirt in it helps trap other particles, which removes debris from the water.
Of course you don’t want the filter to get too dirty.