Pool Maintenance: Little Steps You Can Take on Your Own
May 8, 2019
Having your own pool
is a lot of fun, and no one can deny that. It’s a must-have for families with
kids, as long as you have the space, of course, especially if you know where to get it, for example, somewhere like this Shop @ Bonnie & Clydes Pools And Spas. However, maintaining a pool is
no easy task, especially if it happens to be a big one. If you neglect pool
maintenance for even just a few days, the water may start to go green with
algae floating on top. Not to mention the smell the pool will begin to emit if
a filter breaks. It might be interesting to look into the water filter systems when they break.
So, is it a task that you can do all on your own? Well the answer would have to be a no, if it’s a full-sized pool and you have a fulltime job! Nevertheless, here are a few DIY tips for pool maintenance that will let you take care of your own pool on a regular basis.
Skim Every Day
Depending on where you
live, which time of the year it is, and the kind of backyard you have, the
amount of debris, leaves, branches and dead insects will vary, but they will
always be there floating on the surface of every pool, making the skimming
process something that you will have to do on a regular basis. Ignoring this
little duty for even two or three days will make the next skimming session a
lot longer and tiring.
Scrub to Prevent Algae
Unless you are
scrubbing the sides of your entire pool on a fairly regular basis and using
chlorine to help you, algae buildup in those parts is unavoidable. By regular,
we don’t mean every day or even every week, for that matter. In most climates,
it is okay if you scrub down the sides of your pool just two to three times a
Clean Your Filter Basket
The filter of your
swimming pool is largely responsible for keeping the water in there clean
enough to get into. Therefore, to keep the pool in top condition, clean out the
filter basket at least once a week, and preferably twice.
Be prepared to find
everything from insects, leaves, dirt and grime, right up to pool toys that
were suspiciously missing in action.
Clean Your Filter Pipes
Thankfully, this is a
monthly process, rather than being a weekly one. As your pool filtration system
most likely comes with a backwash functionality, follow the steps as below to
get the filtrations pipes clean.
filter to its Backwash setting first, but don’t turn the pumps on yet
filter basket and clean it if necessary
pumps on and keep watching the pipe which lets out the waste
water from the waste pipe appears to flow out clean and clear, you are done
Along with cleaning your filter pumps, this is more of a monthly/bi-monthly task to complete. With any pool, your water pump is vital to ensure you have a continuous flow of water running through your pool and within the filter. You need to ensure that it constantly has water flowing to ensure it does not run dry and overheat. Check and clean the impeller for any debris or silt build-up, as this will decrease the pressure and flow rate of the water. Although these are only small tasks, they are vital to ensure your pool remains clean.
Maintain Your Pool’s Chemical Levels
To have water in the
pool that doesn’t end up infecting nicks and cuts, or giving your children a
rash due to the harshness of the chemicals in it, maintaining the right chemical
balance is critical.
If the pool doesn’t
have all the right chemicals in sufficient amounts, it will look murky like
swamp water and infection from coming into contact with the microbe-filled water
is not unlikely.
On the other hand, if
the chemicals are in improper balance, you will be able to smell them and they
may end up irritating your skin badly, especially if you are prone to skin
The following is a CDC approved guide to maintaining chemical balance in a private
pool and while it should be enough to give you an idea, consulting with an
expert is still advised. If you do manage to get everything right though, the
water will be clear and won’t have any strong chemical odor to it.
0.00013 ounces per gallon of water
Acid: 30 – 50 on a testing kit
7.5 – 7.8
alkalinity: 60 – 120
The Water Level Will Need to be
Maintained and Regulated
So, your pool is
overflowing after a night of rain, which is both common and indicative at the
same time. It indicates that your pool’s chemical balance has been thrown out
of whack and you will now need to test the water again with a pool testing kit
and adjust the chemicals accordingly, until that right balance is reached once
Shock the Pool with Chlorine After a
Parties can be harsh
on backyard pools or any waterbody for that matter, which is the reason why a chlorine shock is advised right after a night of partying.
The need to do so will
become even more apparent during any time of the year if the pool begins to
look murky with bacteria. Even if you do not have a single pool party in the
whole year, shock the pool with chlorine to disinfect it at least two to three
times a year anyway to prevent any unseen germ buildup.
Will You Need Help to Do All This?
As mentioned in the
beginning, unless you have a lot of time on your hands, and the will to do all
this and much more, you would most likely need the help of professional pool
cleaners. Pro assistance could also be necessary if something breaks or your
pool filter starts to malfunction, which are just some of the various other
serious possible issues.
Sahara Pools come highly recommended for taking care of all
your pool cleaning, maintaining and repairing needs, provided the property is
located in Katy, or any of the other nearby regions which the company have been
serving for years now. Unlike the poor customer service for which many of the
pool cleaning and maintaining services are infamous in Katy, Sahara Pools is an
old name in the business that just doesn’t have that kind of reputation.
When you put them all
together, they don’t feel like little steps anymore unfortunately. Therefore,
don’t let the experience of having a swimming pool of your own turn into a
bitter one that reminds you more of the chores than the fun you were supposed
to have in there. Handle some of the responsibilities and day-to-day maintenance
on your own, but leave it to the professionals when it comes to actually
maintaining the more demanding aspects of a large backyard pool.