How to Keep Your Pool Water Clean and Clear

How to Keep Your Pool Water Clean and Clear

Tips for Pool Maintenance

by Cassandra Caldwell

Your pool can be a source of luxury, entertainment, or exercise. Doing maintenance to the pool will ensure that you enjoy these benefits from a fully functional pool. In addition, maintenance is a safety measure that protects you and other people from possible harm associated with a faulty swimming pool. The following tips will help you in doing maintenance for your swimming pool.

Pay attention to the Filter

The filter is responsible for removing impurities from your swimming pool. If you neglect this important part, the consequences could include the infiltration of all sorts of hazardous elements. This puts you and your family at risk. You can clean your pool by turning off the filter and clean the filter basket at least once a week.

Maintain pH and Chemicals

When you buy your pool cleaner, often the retailer would offer you an "alkaline increaser". The alkaline increaser is for maintaining the pH levels of your pool. If you run out of this increaser, a cheaper option is to buy baking soda from the store. The baking soda will serve the same purpose as the alkaline increaser.

Maintaining recommended pH levels protects swimmers from possible harm caused by any imbalance. In addition, you need to regularly check the levels of the following chemicals in your swimming pool:

  • Free chlorine
  • Cyanuric acid
  • Calcium hardness

In order to ensure you have the right levels of these chemicals, you will have to test a sample of your pool water. Put some of the water in testing kits and add the provided solution. The water will change colour after a few seconds and you should compare the new colour with the one indicated on the testing kit. Adjust the levels as needed.

Check the Pool Pumps

Your pool pumps require little maintenance. However, you will have to clean the strainer basket regularly – once a week. Refer to the owner's manual when doing this for the first time or any other time you feel lost in the cleaning process.

Check Oil on Water

Sun block and suntan lotion will end up in your pool if swimmers use these products. These substances will make your pool dirty within a very short time. The trick to this problem is throwing in a tennis ball to absorb the oils and chemicals that are not needed in the pool. You can make it a habit of always leaving a tennis ball floating on your pool, and the pool will be free of oils.


About Me

How to Keep Your Pool Water Clean and Clear

I love my swimming pool. There is nothing better than spending a long summer's day by the side of the pool, taking the occasional dip to cool off. I also like to exercise in my pool before I start work. It really wakes me up and gets me going for the day. However, I had a bit of a shock when I uncovered my pool after a long winter. The water had turned a funny green colour. I called in a pool contractor and they explained that the water was out of balance and needed to be shocked and cleaned. Since then, I have learnt all about how best to care for my pool water. I have started this blog to let others know how they can look after their swimming pool.