Maintaining your pool year-round isn’t something that can be ignored and it can be extremely frustrating if you don’t have the proper equipment or the knowledge needed to get the job done.
To help make this process easier, we asked Mr Pool Man, an expert on all things swimming pools, to share some of his top tips on how to maintain your pool. Here are his 10 essential tips for maintaining your pool.
1) Check your Water
Over time, your water will lose pH balance, causing it to become acidic (which is what causes algae growth). This is also how you get scale deposits on your pipes and equipment. Regularly test your pool’s pH levels with a kit purchased at any pool store—and don’t be afraid to adjust them, either; it’s easy and inexpensive!
2) Balance Your Pool Chemicals
If you want to maintain your pool, it’s important to use chemicals regularly. A proper balance of chemicals, including chlorine and pH regulator, can help you prevent the growth of bacteria and algae in your pool water. Without proper levels of chemicals in your pool water, it won’t look clean or be sanitary; maintaining your pool is important if you want to enjoy it all summer long!
Be sure to take a sample back to Mr Pool Man before adding any chemicals – he’ll let you know exactly what type and how much chemical is needed for a safe and effective swimming experience. Overdosing on chlorine or other pool chemicals can cause skin irritations, eye damage or respiratory problems if swimmers are exposed directly; contact Mr.
3) Adjust the pH of your water
Just like cleaning your pool, you can adjust your pH by adding either muriatic acid or sodium bicarbonate to raise it, or sodium bisulphate and soda ash to lower it. Don’t try DIYing a chemical balance on your own; improper pH levels can hurt your eyes and skin and damage metal surfaces like walls, floors, and tile lines.
The EPA estimates that a person could lose consciousness after only two breaths of chlorine-rich water vapor, so always keep your eyes on levels while swimming or cleaning; if you do need to get in without goggles or a face mask, just make sure not to inhale too deeply!
4) Clean Out Leaves and Debris
In autumn, dead leaves and other debris can easily get into your pool, hampering its appearance and effectiveness (the debris traps heat which keeps algae growth in check). To keep debris out of your pool for good, you’ll need to clean it out regularly.
It only takes about an hour every week or two to complete the task. If you want to be extra thorough, consider investing in a leaf net as Mr Pool Man uses in his home—it’s designed specifically for removing leaves from your water without allowing them back into your pool later!
5) Sweep or Vacuum the Deck
Whether you have a poolside or in-pool vacuum, it’s always a good idea to sweep or vacuum your deck regularly. As you can see in our picture below, all kinds of debris are likely to land in your pool – even if it’s relatively clean! To make sure that items like leaves and dirt don’t disrupt your water chemistry, keep them out of your pool by sweeping or vacuuming regularly.
By doing so, you are also reducing stress on your filtration system and making regular skimming easier at longer intervals than normal! Simply plug in any standard skimmer (or vacuum) into an electrical outlet along with your cleaner (or broom), walk back inside, and let it do its thing.
6) Clean out filters regularly
The most important thing you can do for your pool is clean out filters regularly; often. As pools get dirtier, they need to use more energy to purify themselves, which in turn raises electricity costs and reduces the efficiency of filtration systems.
Make it a habit to check and clean out your filter at least once a week, depending on how often you use your pool. You should also test the pH levels of your water every few days and make sure it’s in good range by adjusting chemicals accordingly if necessary.
7) Test lights and safety equipment every year
You can spend $500 on a high-quality light system and have it run perfectly for five years, but when you come back next year, all of those bulbs may be burned out. Ask yourself: Does that make sense? To make sure your expensive lights stay working for many years to come, test them regularly throughout the summer months and replace any burnt-out bulbs immediately.
When was your last inspection? It doesn’t matter how expensive your pool is—it could look like a dump if it isn’t maintained properly. Take care of small problems as they arise; never let anything get away from you and become an overgrown eyesore costing thousands to fix later on down the road!
8) Replace old or damaged equipment
It’s important to keep your pool in tip-top shape if you want it to last, so whenever something starts looking or acting old and worn out, be sure to replace it as soon as possible. This is especially true for pool pumps, filters, motors and plumbing equipment (pipes and hoses).
These are just a few of the things that wear out over time—and none of them can be overlooked if you want your pool to run smoothly throughout its life. Sometimes a repair is all you need instead of an outright replacement; that’s where expert advice comes in handy.
9) Use Natural Chemicals for Enzymes, Sunscreens, Stain Removal etc.
While many homeowners choose to use household cleaners on their swimming pools, some chemicals may be more effective and safer than detergents or bleach. Enzymes, for example, remove stains without using harsh chemicals to your pool water; all you have to do is wait a few hours.
Mr Pool Man’s line of pool-chemical products also uses enzymes in their cleaners and stabilizers—you won’t find an array of artificial colors or harmful substances such as chlorine bleach in any of their products. Another option for cleaner water is hydrogen peroxide: It doesn’t create as dramatic a difference as enzymes do, but it will help cut down on soap scum, algae and bacteria buildup and minimize annoying pH swings in your water balance.
10) Get professional help if you have major problems
It’s often tempting to try and deal with major pool problems yourself, but it’s not usually a good idea. If you have green or murky water, loose tiles, cracks or other major issues, you should consider calling in a professional for help as soon as possible to avoid any serious problems down the road. In some cases, these issues can lead to serious safety hazards if left untreated over time. Instead of taking chances with your pool – get in touch with Mr Pool Man today!
The number one tip we can give you to maintain your pool, aside from periodic shock and cleaning, is to simply not use it as much. If you don’t swim in it every day or hang out on a floatation device, then you won’t have a build-up of algae and gunk around your pool which can cause some really expensive problems if left unattended for long periods!