The following four maintenance tips should be completed weekly, or sooner if necessary, to ensure your swimming pool is filled with pristine water. These tips will help you get the swimming season off to the right start.
Check Water Balance
Water evaporates – especially on hot days. Water level should be at the midpoint of the pool skimmer. Too low and water cannot flow into the filter system to be cleaned (this can also damage the pump), whereas if the water level is too high, the flow into the filtration system will be less efficient. Turn on your garden hose and start filling the pool up if water levels are low. You can also consider an automatic water filler.
Clean Your Pool
Thoroughly cleaning your personal pool includes skimming, brushing, and vacuuming. You should also clean out your skimmer weekly during the swimming season. Removing debris from the pool and skimmer allows the pool’s filtration system to operate at maximum efficiency as well as ensure clean and safe swimming water. Clean and maintain your filter according to manufacturer recommendations.
Test Your Water
Test your pool water frequently (daily or weekly depending on use). You can either do this yourself with a water testing kit or take a water sample to your local pool supply store to have it tested onsite. Add chemicals as needed and allow the pump to run for at least 24-hours before using the pool. Proper water chemistry levels for optimal pool functionality and comfort are as follows:
- pH: 7.4 to 7.6 ppm
- Chlorine: 1.0 to 3.0 ppm
- Alkalinity: 80 to 120 ppm
- Calcium Hardness: 150 to 225 ppm
*ppm = parts per million
Regularly Shock the Pool
Shock cleanses the water of algae, bacteria, and any other organic matter that may have entered the pool. We recommend shocking the pool once a week to maintain proper water chemistry. Pool shock is widely available in a variety of products such as calcium hypochlorite, lithium hypochlorite, and non-chlorine shock. If the water becomes cloudy, reach for the shock sooner than regularly planned.
Now You’re Ready to Dive into Summer!