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A swimming pool is one of the many luxuries that homeowners wish and strive to own.
Having a pool in your backyard provides you with two things:
- An opportunity to swim for recreation and feel like its summer all year round.
- And two is the responsibility to maintain it.
Proper pool maintenance allows you to enjoy a safer, long-lasting and attractive pool.
So what are some the ways to properly maintain your investment?
Family jumping in a pool
Here is a list providing 101 tips to get you started on your pool maintenance.
Most are things that you can do your own. A few might need the help of a professional pool service to conduct.
So here we go:
- Winter Pool Maintenance Tips
- Swimming Pool Water Maintenance Tips
- Salt Water Pool Maintenance Tips
- Pool Cleaning Maintenance Tips
- Swimming Pool Deck Maintenance Tips
- Swimming Liner Maintenance
- Swimming Pool Filter Maintenance
- Pool Pump Maintenance Tips
- Pool Heater Maintenance Tips
- Swimming Pool Tile Maintenance Tips
- Summer Pool Maintenance Tips
- Swimming Pool Safety Maintenance Tips
Winter Pool Maintenance Tips
As a pool owner living in a winter prone area, you need to realize that there is more to caring for your swimming pool in winter than just covering it up.
It is essential to care for it when covered up and when hibernating during the off-season months.
Here are some tips you can use:
Tip 1: Winterize pool properly
When approaching winter, you need to start preparations for closing down the pool.
To do this, start by cleaning the pool of all dirt and debris. Next, check the pump and all motorized parts for proper functionality.
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Then, add in the necessary water chemicals, i.e., chlorine, algaecide, etc. These chemicals will help keep it sanitized, balanced and free from algae.
After all that, you should proceed to cover the pool with a winter pool cover. When doing this, make sure that you attach it securely to the rails.
But before that, ensure that the cover is clean and in excellent condition.
Tip 2: Beware of freezing
Freezing is synonymous with winter seasons.
As a pool owner, therefore, during the winter months, you need to pay attention to the temperature. You have to ensure that freezing temperatures do not affect your pool equipment.
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To prevent damage, we recommend that you disconnect all electrical pool equipment during pool closure. This includes the pool pump, filter, and heater.
After disconnecting, check and drain any visible water from them. This is because if water is left inside these parts, it could freeze and cause costly damages.
Tip 3: Cover the pool at all times
Since your pool won’t be in use for quite some time, you need to cover it. Covering the pool will help keep the water clean and the pool area safe for kids and pets.
When considering a winter pool cover, make sure that you pick the right cover for your pool-the right shape and size. Along with this, ensure that the cover is safely attached to the pool and that it stays on at all times.
Swimming pool cover
During winter, it is also advisable that you keep a small amount of water on top of the cover.
Tip 4: Keep the winter cover clean
Again, if you have a backyard pool, it is necessary to keep it covered at all times during winter.
But, then, you are not to put the cover on and neglect it until the opening season. There is just no reason to cover your pool if you don’t maintain the cover itself during this season.
Because winter is often windy.
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Twigs, leaves and other debris will accumulate on the cover. These need to be cleaned otherwise they will find their way into the pool and ruin everything including the pump, filter, and heater.
So what now?
Keep the cover clean, always. It is effortless cleaning a winter cover by the way. All you need to do is to hose it off when necessary to rid it of dirt and debris, and you are good to go.
Remember that a clean cover equals to clean water and an overall clean pool.
Tip 5: Keep track of the weather
If you wish to maintain a cleaner and sparkling pool, you will need to pay keen attention to the weather.
Such that, if during fall the weather was mild and warm, it would be best that you check the pool regularly and add more chlorine and algaecide just ahead of the winter season.
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Also, if you had a rainy fall and you have a mesh pool, the chances are that most of the chlorine and algaecide may be diluted out by the rainwater.
This means that you’ll need to add more of these chemicals to keep the pool water clean and algae free throughout the winter season.
Tip 6: Keep area around the pool clean
Again, the fact that the pool is not in use during winter does not mean you should neglect it.
You need to make an effort to maintain a more sanitary pool area more so during winter. This is because winter tends to bring lots of dirt and debris that if not cleaned can find their way into the pool.
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When the above happens, it won’t just dirty the water but will also encourage bacteria infestation and algae infiltration.
Tip 7: Test pool water periodically
Maintaining the proper pool water balance is essential to keeping a healthy pool.
During winter and even on the swimming seasons, you can only achieve proper water balance by testing the water regularly.
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Note that PH and chlorine levels are the most significant determinants of water balance. And the two things that significantly affect this balance is heat and sunlight.
Now, winter characterizes a reduction in heat and sunlight; this means that there is a reduction in chemical consumption during winter. As such, the water can stay balanced for longer in comparisons to hot and sunny seasons.
Nonetheless, take note that when you fail to maintain your pool properly, chlorine levels can fall drastically and this can be unhealthy.
To ensure that you keep check of your water balance by testing it and charging up the chemicals when necessary.
Tip 8: Run pool pump few hours a day
Running the pool pump often enough ensures better pool circulation. And when this happens, the pool stays more sanitary and thus becomes easier to maintain.
So how long should the pool run? Well, it depends mostly on the size of your pool.
I know that some sources will tell you 6 hours some 8 hours. But then, note that there isn’t a standard time for all pools, 6-8 hour is just the usual range. This means that you can adjust the amount of time that the pump runs depending on how your pool is reacting.
So take note that better pool circulation equals to better sanitation and thus overall easier pool maintenance.
Tip 9: Maintain safe water levels
Maintaining the proper water levels in your pool is a vital aspect of keeping the pool’s balance appropriate.
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This is such that when the water levels are too high, the skimmer blocks and fail to skim debris from the surface of the pool as it should.
If the water levels are too low on the other hand, air is sucked in instead. And we all know this can’t be good for the pool equipment. It can cause severe damage to the pool pump, filter, and heater.
The bottom line, therefore, is that you should strive to maintain a safe water level in your pool. During winter especially, try to keep it at one-third to one-half of the opening of the skimmer.
Tip 10: Keep an eye on the filter gauge
Okay, so we know that pool filters are pretty much straightforward.
They are the things that allow dirty water to pass through and release cleaner water on the other end.
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Ultimately, it is the filters that ensure you have a clean pool to swim in. As such, it has to be cared for properly to ensure proper functionality.
So what about the filter gauge? Well, this is the part that regulates the pressure in the pool. When the filter pressure gauge is reading high, then it means that there is some debris clogging.
A clogged filter restricts water passage, and this can be a problem.
So to ensure a clean and clear pool always be watchful of the filter gauge and act fast on any warning indications.
Tip 11: Regularly check and clean skimmer baskets
We have already mentioned that winter brings about an increase in fallen leaves, twigs and floating debris.
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So when you notice any fallen leaves and twigs in your pool, try to clean them out quickly and appropriately. Otherwise, they will start to decay and sink in the pool. This causes algae and scum to build upon pool equipment such as the skimmer baskets.
For this reasons, it is essential that you check your skimmer baskets regularly and clean them as needed to help maintain a healthier pool.
Tip 12: Periodically check pumps and motorized parts
Pool pumps and motorized parts are more vulnerable to damage during winter.
This is because the low winter temperatures tend to freeze water. This means that if there is any water in the pool equipment, it will freeze and inevitably damage them. And this damages note can be very expensive to fix when you eventually open the pool for the swimming months.
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In all this, therefore, it is imperative to periodically check the pumps and other motorized parts for water accumulations. If there is any, drain the water completely to save the equipment from freezing damage.
Tip 13: Keep the lights on at least an hour a day
Well, we can’t say this enough times; winter is synonymous with extremely humid days. This high level of humidity can be dangerous.
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One way to manage excessive moisture is to keep your swimming pool area lights on at least an hour a day.
This will help to prevent moisture from building up to your wiring that can cause severe damage and accidents.
Swimming Pool Water Maintenance Tips
Keep your pool water clean and sparkling all year long with these simple tips;
Tip 15: Analyze your pool water every swimming season
It is essential to analyze your pool water, and its contents at the beginning of every season. This is also vital for when you are filling the pool for the first time or changing it.
This exercise, note, primarily aims at testing the stability of your water and is best done by an expert pool service.
Swimming pool water
The dealer will measure out a quart of water from around 18 inches deep. After which he/she will advise you on how to stabilize the water.
The pool service will also provide you with products for long-term stabilization.
Tip 16: Maintain the PH balance
Here is the thing; you don’t have to be an expert chemist to balance your pool water efficiently.
There are other important things that you can regularly do to ensure that your pool doesn’t encourage algae growth.
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Among these things is making sure that PH levels are balanced (at 7.2 and 7.6 ppm). Don’t let the PH of your water get to low as this can corrode your equipment. Also, too high PH can lead to scaling.
I bet you don’t want that nasty white buildup of calcium along with your water line.
Or do you?
Tip 17: Ensure proper water circulation
Without water circulation, your swimming pool is nothing but a stagnant mass of water.
Circulation is necessary for a sparkling clean swimming pool. When the water is not moving, everything else including the water chemicals become useless.
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The chemicals can’t work as they are not circulating, the filters become useless as water can’t be filtered. The heater also becomes unproductive as water is not flowing for proper heating.
It because of these reasons that we recommend you run your pool equipment at least 8 hours a day. This will provide you with enough movement where the water completes at least one full cycle of filtration.
Unless it is during winter, anything less than 8 hours of circulation can lead to a buildup of algae and pathogens.
Tip 18: Check and balance pool chemistry regularly
Maintain the right pool chemical balance is essential for any pool owner.
This is where you ensure the alkalinity and PH levels of your pool is right. Correctly balanced pool chemistry helps to keep the water clean and prevents stains and other damages from occurring.
So, have your water chemistry check out regularly. You can let your local pool service do this for you if you are not sure how to do it yourself.
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However, if you are confident of your DIY skills, you can get a testing kit from your pool store. These will help you to keep your waters blue and sparkling at all times.
Tip 19: Vacuum pool surface every once in a while
There are various sizes and shapes of swimming pools. Well, it is quite apparent that the variations in size and even shape depend on what the owner wants for their pool.
Now, you might or might not have come across this, but there are small pools that have very little to no circulation place.
In this case, algae and bacteria tend to grow and spread quickly here. It is therefore recommended for those with small pools to vacuum their pools once every week.
This will help rid your pool water of floating debris, leaves, twigs and grasses that could encourage algae and bacteria spread.
Tip 20: Disallow food or drinks near the pool
If you want to enjoy clean swimming pool water, you will have to take a hard stance against eating and drinking near the pool.
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Let swimmers know this. You can even put up a notice about it around the area the swimming pool area. Or better yet, include it among your swimming pool rules and regulations.
Tip 21: Maintain proper chlorine level
Maintaining the chlorine levels of your swimming pool is very important to help in fighting microorganisms that grow and block the filter system.
If the water is not chlorinated correctly, bacterial/algae growth can take over your whole pool. This may end up straining your pump filter and ultimately burn out the pump.
So again, test your pool water regularly to ensure that there is an appropriate amount of chemicals in it. If chlorine is lacking, you can add in more of it.
You can use an automatic dispenser to feed solid chlorine pellets into the pool continuously. If you have a dispenser, you can just add in the powder version with hands when necessary.
Tip 22: Use algaecides periodically
Maintaining clean and clear pool water is hard work. Aside from cleaning the pool regularly and maintaining the chemical balance, you also need to inhibit algae growth.
Algae cause green coloration of your pool water, sometimes yellow depending on the type of algae.
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So if you want to rid and prevent your pool from algae infiltration, you’ll need to use algaecides on a regular basis.
An algaecide will help prevent the algae from completing the photosynthetic process causing them to die off.
As a pool owner, therefore, always have an algaecide on hand to ensure that your pool water stays clean and clear at all times.
Tip 23: Regularly check and clean the filters
What is the work of a swimming pool filter?
It helps keep swimming pool water clean by removing debris.
Of course, and because of this, the filter is the most vitally vital thing to consider in pool water maintenance.
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A properly functioning filter will ensure that contaminants do not linger in your pool water. In addition to that, it will also ensure that your swimming pool water moves appropriately and is always clean.
As such, as a pool owner, you need to check the filter regularly to ensure that it is not clogged and that it is functioning correctly.
If it happens to be clogged, clean it thoroughly and as soon possible.
Tip 24: Regularly clean your pool lining
The pool lining is another area that needs to be clean to ensure proper pool water maintenance.
The lining needs to be cleaned regularly, and you can do this by brushing and patching it.
To clean, use a steel brush for concrete lining and a soft brush to scrub a nylon pool lining.
You need to understand that brushing will help to keep the algae away and any other dirt that might be stuck on the lining.
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Nonetheless, if you own an outdoor pool, it is essential to try to cover it if it is not in use. This will help protect it from damage caused by environmental factors such as rain, animals, tree leaves and insects.
Tip 25: Remove oil layers from water using a tennis ball
It’s great to gather friends and play catch in the pool, but purchasing some outdoor toys can be a win-win for maintaining the pool as well. Once swimmers are out, the water is polluted by a variety of oils, including skin produced and suntan ones.
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All you have to do to restore the water’s original condition is to throw a tennis ball inside – the fibers will absorb the oil, and there won’t be any annoying sheen on the surface once you decide to go in again.
Make sure that anyone who enters the pool has bathed prior.
Tip 26: Shock your pool regularly
As part of the pool water maintenance practice, you need to shock your pool at least once a week to keep it clean and attractive.
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Shocking, in this case, is the outpouring of chlorine into your pool more than the usual amount you put in water.
The practice is important because it kills the abnormal amounts of bacteria in the pool. When performing the shocking treatment, make sure you still follow the same amount of chemicals for every gallon of water.
Tip 27: Replace your pool water periodically
Does swimming pool water need replacement? If yes how long?
Well, you might not want to hear this because draining and refilling a pool isn’t easy. But then yes, pool water requires replacement at least every 2 to 3 years.
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Why? For starters, you enjoy swimming in clean and sparkling pool water. But when the water is cloudy, green, and smelly or anything like that, it stops being as refreshing.
This is why we recommend that you be diligent in properly maintain your pool to ensure that it is clean, safe and attractive. You need to maintain the right chemical balance, proper PH levels, clean walls, liners and area around the pool.
However, if you find that routine pool and pool water cleaning is not helping to make your pool water clean and clear, then it’s probably time you replace the water.
Tip 28: Monitor total alkalinity
Total alkalinity (TA) is the ability of your swimming pool water to resist changes in the PH.
It is therefore essential that you properly balance your pool water by maintaining correct PH, chlorine, and total alkalinity levels.
Controlling alkalinity of the pool
Note that proper water balance will ensure that your pool and pool equipment run smoothly. It will help to protect your metal equipment from corrosion and concrete surfaces from etching.
Proper water balance also helps to prevent scaling which can damage pool equipment, stain surfaces and even make your water cloudy.
What is more?
Correctly balanced pool water helps to prevent eye and skin irritation.
So if you find that your TA is too high, just add muriatic acid to it. If it is too low, a PH decrease will be handy.
Salt Water Pool Maintenance Tips
Have you been maintaining your saltwater swimming pool the way it should be?
I know that maintain salt water pools can be complicated.
But then, just like freshwater pools, these also need proper maintenance to keep them in top shape.
That said, here are a few tips to help you out;
Tip 29: Examine the salt water unit
Saltwater swimming pool comes with a saltwater unit that needs close monitoring.
The unit has something called a production scale indicator that should glow to show that everything is running smoothly.
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Nonetheless, if the indicator does not glow at any hour, then you have to check it out and make sure that it is working fine.
Otherwise, there may be a possibility of blockage or even a fault that needs urgent repair. Sometimes you might also have to replace the entire unit. So keep a close eye on the unit and act fast on any warning indicators.
Tip 30: Periodically check the salt level
Like the chemical level in freshwater pools, you must also maintain the right salt level for the saltwater pool.
This means that you need to keep an eye on the salt levels regularly and even more during the rainy seasons.
So what is the appropriate salt level?
Appropriately, the salt to water ratio of your pool should be within 2500 to 3000 parts per millions.
The taste of salt in your pool water should be subtle.
If it is too strong, you will have to reduce the saltiness of the water. The best way to do this is by infusing chlorine in the pool.
Tip 31: Use a salt chlorination system
As earlier mentioned, maintain a saltwater swimming pool is not a walk in the park.
The good news, however, is that if you have a salt chlorination system, everything else becomes way much easy.
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Actually, regarding opportunity cost, this system will dramatically lower the amount of upkeep that you will have to do in your pool.
For example, a salt chlorination system will eliminate the need to shock the pool, unlike with regular pools.
Tip 32: Maintain the correct chlorination level
Well, while a saltwater pool can be quite complicated to maintain, it easy to detect problems and sort them out.
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For example, when the salt water content is off, swimmers will experience eye and skin irritations. Also, the pool will have a somewhat strong smell of chlorination.
So when you observe any of this signs, you might want to check the chlorine levels of your salt water pool and adjust accordingly.
Tip 33: Regularly check and maintain the PH of the pool
Checking the PH level of your pool doesn’t require any unique skills. You can do this with the help of a PH testing kit available in pool stores both on and offline.
When testing the readings have to be in the proper range, if not then you might need to correct the PH levels.
Remember that the right PH levels in any swimming pool water are essential. It will help keep your pool, pool equipment, and swimmers safe.
Tip 34: Test chemical level fortnightly
Apart from the PH, your saltwater pool needs to have the right amount of chlorine, calcium hardness and alkalinity.
When either of this is off, your pool could become algae and bacterial zone.
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So just like the PH testing, there are homeowner kits out there you can use to test the chemical level of your pool and maintain it appropriately.
Tip 35: Replace testing kits regularly
Whatever testing kits you have, they all need to be functioning correctly at all times.
If the kits seem to give incorrect readings but the control knobs are working fine, then you’ll have to get the kit tested and fixed as needed.
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Keep in mind that you’ll also need to change the kits regularly as they tend to wear out after some time.
Homeowner kits like the reagent kits and the test trips are disposable. Once one strip is used you it is disposed of. The good thing is that these are inexpensive and very easy to find.
Pool Cleaning Maintenance Tips
Most people find pool cleaning to be cumbersome.
But then, if you follow these tips, you can be sure to keep your investment in a sparkling blue condition for years to come.
Tip 36: Trim surrounding vegetation on a regular basis
The vegetation around your pool area is there for aesthetic reasons. It is meant to accentuate the look of your pool area. They give it a more natural and warm look.
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It is necessary that this is adequately maintained.
Well, apparently you can’t clean or skim vegetation. The best you can do is to trim it out to make it neat.
Whether its grass, trees, or flowers. Trim them appropriately. You can even shape them to increase their appeal.
Tip 37: Skim pool surface
Skimming your pool water is essential to help remove floating debris and other dirt.
It is one of the simplest ways to keep your swimming pool clean and safe for swimmers.
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Like I said, skimming is quite simple. You just need a hand or leaf skimmer that you use to capture dirt and debris from the pool’s surface.
Note that floating debris like leaves and tree branches decay quite fast and sink into the pool. This can clog the filter and also encourage the growth of algae and bacteria.
Tip 38: Regularly clean skimmer baskets
Skimming your pool you should know enhances the efficiency of the pool’s circulation.
But then, for maximum efficiency, you don’t just need to skim the pool and leave it that. You also need to check and clean the skimmer baskets as regularly as possible.
To clean, take out the baskets from the pool and shake them out. Hose the inside of the basket to dislodge stubborn debris.
Tip 39: Vacuum the pool regularly
As part of your pool maintenance routine, vacuuming is a practice that shouldn’t be ignored.
You need to vacuum your pool at least once a week. This will help keep the pool clean as well as reduce its chemical consumption.
Pool vacuum cleaner
Well, pool vacuuming is easy. It is much like vacuuming a carpet. Work your pool vacuuming cleaner back and forth on the pool’s surface until clean.
Tip 40: Clean out debris as soon as they are visible
Let’s face it, maintaining an entirely debris free swimming pool is an exercise in futility.
You can stand guard with a skimmer ready to pounce on any small twig or leaf that happens to drift in from the tree nearby. But come on, this is kind of unrealistic for most of us.
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I guess what I am trying to say is, don’t allow debris to accumulate and lie in, on or around your pool for an extended period.
You need to clean out dirt and debris as soon as soon as they are visible and especially after a storm or wind.
Swimming Pool Deck Maintenance Tips
Decks are fun and can be an excellent addition to your swimming pool area.
They give you a quiet is to relax and a place to just appreciate the weather and your swimming pool area.
Nonetheless, it doesn’t matter what kind of pool deck you have, wooden or composite. The point is you have to maintain it to extend its lifespan.
Well, there are some things that you can do to keep your swimming pool clean and shiny. But the following basics will give you surprising results.
Tip 41: Inspect and repair cracks
Cracks can ruin the look and even safety of your swimming pool deck.
Unfortunately, this is something that you’ll have to deal with at some point especially if you own a concrete deck.
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Knowing when there is a crack and repairing it on time can help save you from further repairs and related expenses.
This is why owners are advised to inspect their decks for cracks and to chip. Do this periodically and repair any faults immediately.
Tip 42: Get rid of rotting yard debris
Ridding the pool deck of rotting yard debris is essential.
By doing this, there will be less debris that can blow into the water causing contamination and clogging of pool equipment.
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A clean swimming pool deck also helps to reduce the need for vacuuming, skimming and additional chemicals.
To some, this may seem like a simple task, but take note that maintaining a clean yard is essential.
So do your best and clean out any debris as soon as it is visible to help keep your pool clean and safe. Also to protect your pool equipment from damage.
Tip 43: Clean the deck
You might not want to hear this, but the truth is that:
Regardless of how beautiful your swimming pool deck is, it can turn ugly without regular cleaning and of course proper maintenance.
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Talking about cleaning, the best way to clean pool deck is by brushing and vacuuming. You need to get off all dirt and debris from the deck.
Nonetheless, if you can’t adequately clean your deck this way, try pressure washing.
Tip 44: Pressure wash the deck
As mentioned above, you should only pressure-wash your deck when necessary cleaning doesn’t seem to work.
This is because even if you take care of the deck, over time, it can become dirty thanks to dirt, debris, mud, etc.
Also, the damp environment encourages the growth of mold, bacteria, and algae that can be dangerous to swimmers and the family at large.
For this reason, it is essential to pressure wash the deck periodically to rid it off the grime and to restore it to its natural look.
Take note though,
If you have a wooden deck, pressure wash it when there is the adequate sun to dry it off. Otherwise, it can absorb the water and decay in the process.
Another thing to keep in mind for those with wooden decks is to make sure that there is a runoff system leading away from the swimming pool deck.
This will help prevent water from pooling around the posts that cause rotting and weakening of the deck.
Tips 45: Disinfect the deck
Besides cleaning, you should disinfect your swimming pool decks on a regular basis too.
This will help to prevent the growth and spread of bacteria that cause slipperiness as well as diseases.
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So to keep bacteria and other harmful pathogens away from your deck, disinfect your deck during the cleaning process. You can find a commercial disinfectant from your local pool store.
Along with the disinfectant, get an air pressure sprayer and wand that will enable you to apply the disinfectant efficiently.
Make sure that you rinse your pool deck with plenty of water every time you disinfect it.
Tip 46: Seal the deck
Most swimming pool owners want their pool decks to stay and look new all year round. Unfortunately, they forget that to achieve this, proper deck maintenance is needed.
Well, while cleaning, pressure washing, and repairs might help restore the look of your deck, these tasks can be quite tedious and expensive.
But it doesn’t have to be.
You just need to spare a little of your time every year to seal your swimming pool deck. This way, you can save yourself a headache and expenses that come with washing and repairing the deck.
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Don’t worry because sealing is easy. It is something that you can by yourself. It doesn’t take much time or effort. So relax.
Nonetheless, as you do the sealing, ensure that you do it correctly to avoid discoloration or patches that may compromise its look.
Tip 47: Keep swimming pool water sanitized
Unsanitary pool water as you know can be hazardous not only for the pool but also the surrounding areas.
Such water when it gets to the deck tends to encourage the growth of mold, bacteria, and algae that causes diseases and slipperiness of the deck.
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It is for this reasons that you should keep your swimming pool water adequately sanitized.
Swimming Liner Maintenance
Do you want to get the best performance and durability from your swimming pool liner?
The following are tips that will help you care for and maintain your pool liner.
Tip 48: Maintain proper water balance
By all means, you need to maintain an appropriate balance of water in your swimming pool.
The PH levels of your pool water shouldn’t be anything less than 7.0 or above 7.6. The total alkalinity should fall in the 100-150 ppm range.
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Normally, the calcium hardness level, on the other hand, should be at 200 ppm minimum.
You should avoid letting your pool’s PH level to drop below 7.0 as this can destroy the liner.
As you work on maintaining the water balance, also remember to keep a free chlorine residual level. This should fall in the 1.0- 1.5 ppm range.
A below 1.0 ppm chlorination level can encourage algae and bacterial growth. When this happens, staining of your pool’s liner becomes inevitable.
Keep in mind that chlorine tends to evaporate way too quickly. As such, you need to ensure that your water is well stabilized at all times.
Tip 49: Maintain appropriate water level
Maintaining the proper water level in your pool will help to keep the liner in shape.
If you let the waterfall below one foot in the shallow end, the pool liner may shrink. This is because the water pressure is removed and thus the liner can’t hold well.
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Well, shrinking can be unsightly but not just this it can also cause the liner to tear in the corners, fitting, and the steps.
Tip 50: Replace the liners when necessary
Liners can last for a very long time with proper care and maintenance.
Nonetheless, some situations might force you to change the liner.
For instance, discoloration will call for a liner replacement. Discoloration of a pool liner occurs due to exposure to the sun and excessive chemical use.
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Therefore, when the liner seems to be fading, there’s a possibility that it is corroded. Similarly, if the liner appears too brittle, it means that it is weak and could start leaking.
As such, you shouldn’t wait too long to replace a discolored pool liner.
Also, for those with vinyl pool liners, ragged edges may call for a replacement. This means that you need to monitor the liner bead and seams.
If it appears to be off the track, then the chances are that the liner isn’t correctly installed or maybe a wrong size.
It is therefore essential to fix such issues as soon as you discover them to avoid further damage to your pool.
Tip 51: Check for and repair leaks
This is very important because leakages can cause corrosion on your swimming pool walls. They can even create sinkholes.
You need to inspect your liner regularly or when you notice that your water level is dropping unusually.
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In case of a leak, make sure that you repair the leaking immediately to avoid further damage to the pool.
But if the leak is too severe, then replace the liner as soon as possible.
Tip 52: Clean the liner on a regular basis
Cleaning is essential to help prolong the life of your pool liner.
Most of you might think that cleaning the pool liner is a dreadful task – It’s not.
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This is something that you can do on a Saturday morning some music on while doing it to make it fun.
Well, I want you to think of what would be of your shower walls and floor if you didn’t take the time to clean them.
I bet you wouldn’t go 2-3 weeks without cleaning your bathroom walls and floor.
If you did, then you wouldn’t even want to take a shower in them for fear of contracting a virus. You would even feel embarrassed to let your guests shower with them.
Well, pretty much the same thing applies to your pool liner. You need to clean it on a regular basis to keep free from algae, bacteria, and scum.
Swimming Pool Filter Maintenance
One of the most overlook pool equipment with regards to pool maintenance is the filter system.
You should know that there are three types of swimming pool filters; the cartridge filter, the sand filter and the diatomaceous filter (DE).
Nonetheless, you can only have one of these installed in your swimming pool.
But no matter which it is you have in your pool, proper care and maintenance are essential to ensuring sparkling clear pool water.
Tip 53: Clean filter when needed
Again, if you want your swimming pool clean and long-lasting, you need to clean the filter periodically.
Note that swimming pool filters do not require regular cleaning.
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Presumably, too clean filters are less efficient in cleaning pool water. Nonetheless, you wouldn’t want your pool filter to get too dirty before you can think of cleaning it.
Keep in mind that a filthy filter can cause dramatic complications in your pool and other pool equipment’s.
As such, while you wouldn’t want to keep the filters sparkling clean, you can at least try to keep it mildly dirty. Crazy, isn’t it?
Well, I agree.
But here is something you should know. Mild dirt in the filter helps to trap other dirt and debris.
So if you get rid of all the dirt, the filter won’t work as efficiently as you would want it to.
How then do you know when to clean the filter?
Well, you just have to keep an eye on the pressure gauge. If you notice a decrease in water flow, then it’s a probable indication that the filter needs cleaning.
Sand and DE filters, however, should be cleaned at the beginning of every season. This will help keep it clean and the pool cleaner throughout the season.
Tip 54: Backwash filter cartridges regularly
Your swimming pool filter will occasionally get clogged with dirt, debris, and other substances. Clogging as you know hinders the filtration process, which is why cleaning is essential to ensure optimal filter performance.
In this case, you should backwash the filter cartridges as preventive maintenance by removing dirt and debris clogging the filter medium.
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Backwashing is the most popular and most recommended method of cleaning out debris between the pleats of cartridges.
What is more is that backwashing can be done regularly, contrary to what is advised about cleaning pool filters.
Tip 55: Replace filter sand periodically
Those with sand pool filters know that the filter uses sand as a media to filter water.
As such, maintenance of the filter tank is essential to ensuring a crystal clear pool.
Among the things that you are expected to do as a maintenance procedure is replacing the sand in your filter.
Well, filter sand can last for several years depending on how well you maintain your pool. However, it reaches a point when the sand has to be replaced to enhance filtering efficiency.
So how often should you replace the sand in your filter?
Well, it depends mostly on the filter size, pool usage, bather load and the weather conditions of your area. All these will dictate the time frame within which you should recharge your filter.
On average though:
You should replace filter sand every three to four years. And when it’s eventually time to do a replacement, ensure that you choose the best and latest model for efficient filtration.
Tip 56: Regularly replace D.E minerals
The DE pool filters work pretty much like the sand filters. Only that this one has grids holding layers of diatomaceous earth in them.
These elements are what capture dirt and debris when water passes through the filter polishing it and releasing clean and clear water for swimming.
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Well, while the DE filter can be backwashed to keep it clean and functional, over time, it will need to be disabled, cleaned and recharged with fresh diatomaceous earth.
You can replace the DE minerals every 4 to 6 months.
Remember that replacing the DE minerals is in your essential to ensure maximum efficiency filtering of water.
Tip 57: De-clog filters
The backbone of a clean swimming pool is a properly functioning filter and a clean one for that matter.
Maintaining a clean filter is one of the most important considerations to make when thinking pool maintenance.
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Remember that a swimming pool filter that is functioning at its peak will ensure that pollutants do not accumulate in your pool water.
In addition to that, a clean filter will also ensure proper pool circulation which means your pool stays clean throughout.
The point is:
It is imperative to continually check your swimming pool filter to ensure that it is not clogged and that it is functioning as needed.
If it is clogged, then take measures to de-clog it immediately.
Tip 58: Run pool filter at least 8 hours a day
For better efficiency and to keep the pool filter in top shape, you need to run your pool filter at least 8 hours a day.
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You can even run the filter around the clock if you can. Unfortunately, this is not as easy as it sounds, so letting the filter run at least 8 hours daily is enough.
As an alternative, you can get a timer and set it to switch the filter on and off when necessary. But still, if you can’t get one, just do it manually.
You should, however, ensure that you know when to switch the filter on and when to switch it off.
You can use your wristwatch to monitor this timeframe.
Take note that if you are to run your filter around the clock, then it should be left to operate during the day. This is because during daytime is when most dirt and debris accumulate in the pool.
Tip 59: Periodically replace your pool filter
Proper pool maintenance involves replacing the filter on a periodic basis.
Pool filters tend to lose efficiency after several years of operation. Newer ones, on the other hand, come with better technology and better filtration.
Swimming pool cartridge filter
Note that manufacturers try to make following products better than their predecessors. So better power and technology mean better efficiency and cost savings.
In this case, a new filter will help you save regarding energy consumptions and chemical consumption.
The bottom line:
A filter that’s functioning optimally will help enhance your swimming pool’s circulation and sanitation. So replace that filter as soon you feel it needs to.
Tip 60: Always keep track of the pressure gauges
I know we’ve mentioned this somewhere in the article but to stress on it, pool filters needn’t be cleaned regularly.
A somewhat dirty filter tends to filter water better than a perfectly clean one. The small particles of dirt you leave in your pool filter helps to trap other dirt more efficiently leaving your water sparkling clean and clear.
So, in other words, you ought to clean your pool filter before any deterioration in water quality is noticeable.
To avoid further complications, keep track of the pressure gauge and flow meter in your swimming pool.
When the difference in flow is a noticeable 10-15 lbs. per square inch, it’s time to get that filter cleaned. As you do this, however, make sure you refer to the manufacturer’s instruction on cleaning the filter.
Pool Pump Maintenance Tips
Repairing your swimming pool pump now and then can be quite expensive. It is even worse when you have to replace it.
But then, why should you incur these expenses when you can avoid them.
You can avoid this unnecessary repair and replacement costs by properly caring for your pool pump. Proper care and maintenance will help keep the pump in top shape as well as extend its lifespan.
In that regard, these swimming pool pump maintenance tips should be able to help you save money and keep your pump running at its peak efficiency.
Tip 61: Take care of your skimmer basket
The skimmer and baskets play a significant role in ensuring that your pool and pool equipment including the pump operate as needed.
Neglecting the skimmer baskets, therefore, means that you are not neglecting your pool and are not about the wellbeing of swimmers.
Dirty skimmer baskets can cause lots of problems for your pump. It can cause melting of your pools plumbing and even make the pump seals go bad.
If you are not careful, dirty skimmer baskets can also cause burning up of the pump.
This is why it is essential that you take care of the skimmer baskets by cleaning and de-clogging them. This will help make the pump system work as it should make your pool attractive and safe to swim in.
Tip 62: Inspect your pump filters on a biweekly basis
Your swimming pool needs constant filtration to stay clean and safe for swimming.
However, when the filters are not well cared for, they fail to remove dirt, debris and even bacteria from your swimming pool water.
This is when the water starts getting green, yellow, cloudy and entirely unsafe for the pool and swimmers at large.
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With this in mind, it is mandatory that the filter pump in your pool is checked and fixes are done where necessary.
You need to check to ensure that you have the right filter pump that can move at least the equivalent 100% of the water through the filter every 8 hours. This is probably the average time that the pool will be in operation.
Ensure that the hose attachments are snug and without leakage.
If the attachments seem stuck and rigid, you can lubricate it at the connection points to ensure a long life for the pump.
Tip 63: Backwash your filter
It is important to check and clean your pump filters at least every two weeks.
When you let dirt and debris to gather near the pump filter, it can damage your pump severely. In this case, backwashing the filter is the most effective method to guarantee that the pump is working in the optimal condition.
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Tip 64: Inspect the O-ring
It is advised that swimming pool pumps be checked out after some time.
When doing this, you need to check and make sure that all valves in the pool open and close easily and are not restricted by anything.
If the O-rings you have in the pool are not functioning correctly or seem to be worn out, then you’ll need to have new ones on hand.
Keep mind that worn out O-rings crack over time and need to be replaced periodically.
You need O-rings that are operating correctly to ensure the effectiveness of your pump and that of the filtration system as well. So be mindful.
Tip 65: Clean and lubricate the O-ring always
When you check your O-rings and find that their movement is restricted and that they are not functioning correctly, you might want to do some cleaning and lubrication to get them going.
However, before that, take note that pool pumps, unlike other motorized parts, do not need lubrication. Lubricants on the pump may attract dirt and debris and even harm the rubber seals.
So if you hear screeching, whining or any abnormal noises coming from your pump, just take it usually. Do not be alarmed.
But if the noise is too much, you’ll have to check it out as the chances are that the bearings are getting noisy due to grime, rusting or wearing.
Cleaning and lubrication can rid of the grime and rust. But if the O-rings are worn out, you might have to repair or replace them altogether.
After all, what you need are a fully functional pump and clean swimming pool. So whatever it takes to give you this, do it.
Tip 66: Regularly inspect the pool pump for operational concerns
Sometimes you may be uncertain as to whether your swimming pool pump is working as it should.
But how do you know what is wrong with the pump?
By checking it out:
All you need to do is to turn on the pump and check out the pressure gauge.
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If the readings on the gauge indicate 30 to 35 PSI, then you’ll have to check if the valves are opening and closing correctly. Turn off the pump before you proceed to the valves.
If priming the pump proves complicated, you’ll have to refer to the manufacturer’s manual for guidelines.
Dirt can also cause operational problems on pool pumps. Brushing the dirt off can help a lot.
Additionally, to ensure smooth functioning of your pool pump, you need to beware of danger signs. These include violent jerking, too much noise, and leaks and so on.
In this case, do not try to do the maintenance on your own. Call your local pool service and let them fix whatever issues there are.
Note that the only maintenance you’ll be doing here is to look for the warning signs and act accordingly.
Tip 67: Check and clean strainer baskets regularly
Cleaning your swimming pools strainer baskets is essential for the overall maintenance of your pool pump.
A dirty strainer basket will only make your pump work harder to cycle water, and this may damage the pump as well hinder the filtration process.
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Understand that for your filters to work, the right amount of water needs to be pulled to the pump.
But when the strainers are full of dirt and debris, circulation and filtration won’t take place efficiently.
It is therefore essential that you check if the strainers are clogged and clean them as soon as possible.
Tip 68: Have an extra strainer basket
As a time-saving tip for cleaning your strainers, it is best if you have a spare strainer basket.
Think of how you use your bed sheets and towels alternately.
An extra strainer basket will allow you to let the dirty basket dry out, making it easy for you to remove dirt and debris from it.
While you are doing this, the extra one is in use in the pool. Cool right?
Tip 69: Keep the pump free of debris
Another swimming pool pump maintenance tip is to keep the pump free of debris.
You need to make sure that the pump baskets are clean and function as expected. These baskets catch various types of dirt and debris that get into the swimming pool.
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As an essential component of pool maintenance, therefore, keeping the pump free of debris helps to prevent it from damage. It also helps to enhance its efficacy as well as extend its life.
Tip 70: Maintain a safe water level
For proper pool circulation, the water level in your swimming pool needs to be right.
You should not at any point let your water drop below ‘normal.’ Doing this can starve the pool pump and cause damages that can get expensive to repair in the long run.
Starving the pump can also ruin it forcing you to replace it.
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Apart from enhancing circulation, maintaining a safe pool water level will also help to keep your skimmer in peak working condition. It will also prevent your pool pump from starving.
Pool Heater Maintenance Tips
The pool heater is what guarantees you a more extended swimming season. And for your pool to stay warm even when the cold sets in, the heater needs to be in good working condition at all times.
Here is some heater maintenance that you can use today to be sure that things are working as required.
Tip 71: Regularly check pool heater for operation concerns
Check the pool heater regularly to ensure that it is working well. If you detect problems with the heater early, you can prevent problems with the filter, hose, and electrics.
If you notice that your heater is not working as required, you shouldn’t waste time in finding out what the problem is. There could be serious issues with the heater or its parts.
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And if these problems are not fixed early enough, it could lead to the heater failing utterly.
In any case, if repair or replacement is inevitable make sure that only a professional does this.
Tip 72: Occasionally de-lime the heat exchanger
The heat exchanger in your pool heater is what is responsible for transferring heat from the heater to the water.
The problem, however, is that sometimes lime will accumulate on the heat exchanger and reduce heat transfer.
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Note that any buildup that affects heats transfers also affects the effectiveness of the heat transfer. This causes the heater to operate less efficiently.
You might not want to hear this, but an ineffective pool heater can be quite costly. It increases energy consumption and costs, causes wearing and even downtime of the system.
The best thing that you can do therefore is to perform preventive maintenance. Check the cleanliness of the heat exchanger periodically and clean it if necessary.
Tip 73: Winterize pool heater during off season months
During the off-season months, it is important to drain water from your swimming pool heater to avoid freezing damages.
Remember that water left in the heater can freeze when the temperatures get low. When water freezes it expands, this, therefore, can lead to leaking of your heater if at all you leave water in it during cold months.
Well, heater pumps can withstand the cold without any difficulties. Nonetheless, you need to make sure that the heat exchanger is completely dry during this period.
If necessary and if you are sure you won’t be using the pool entirely during off season months, turn it off to avoid damage and to save money.
Tip 74: Protect your heater with a winter cover
It is obvious that winter isn’t any good for your swimming pool equipment, the heater included.
As such, it is best that you cover your heater to prevent snow, ice, leaves, and other debris from getting to it.
During this period, you shouldn’t let water or snow accumulate in the cover and its surroundings. If any does, make sure to remove it at once to help prevent damage.
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Tip 75: Wash filter cartridge regularly
A dirty swimming pool filter will occasionally affect the performance of your pool heater.
The filters as you know are susceptible to clogging with dirt and debris. As such, you need to keep checking the filter for any blockage and clean it out immediately to avoid tampering with the performance of your heating system.
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In this case, you should wash the cartridges regularly to remove any dirt or debris that may be causing the clogging.
Tip 76: Regularly inspect gas supply system
If you own a gas heater, regular inspection of the supply system is essential.
You need to check for any leaks in the pipes and fix them immediately.
How do you do this?
Using a soap solution is the best way to detect leaks in your gas supply system. Just mix water with soap in a spray bottle and spray it on the pipe joint.
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Check for any bubbles on the pipe’s surface.
The presence of bubbles on the pipe’s surface indicates that there is a leakage. So if you happen to notice these, contact your pool service immediately to have the pipes repaired or replaced.
Tip 77: Routinely clean the spider webs
The swimming pool heater and the area around it is a frequent hideout for spiders and insects. This is due to the warmth surrounding the area.
Due to this, there tend to be lots of cobwebs around the heater and this need to be cleaned out on a regular basis.
So as do your routine pool cleaning, make sure that you remove the spider webs as well. This will help prevent them from clogging the burners and causing damage it the heater.
You can get rid of the spider webs manually or with the help of a vacuum.
Tip 78: Install a time setting system
If you want maximum heating efficiency in your pool, you need to install a time setting system.
This system will significantly help you enhance the efficiency of your heating system as the heater will only heat the water when and how you need it to.
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So if you want the water as warm as that of a hot tub then set the timer as such. If you want the water mild warm, the timer can also be set to heat it for a shorter length of time.
Note that with a time setting system in place, you also help to save on energy consumption as the heater won’t run unnecessarily.
Tip 79: Periodically replace heater elements
Electrical heaters heat your pool water with the help of specific heating elements.
Sometimes, these elements can get coated with minerals from the surrounding areas causing irreparable damage.
When these elements are not maintained, they won’t just damage the heating elements but will also hamper the heating process.
As such, it best to brush the elements off once in a while. Also, the elements once damaged should be replaced immediately.
Note that it is imperative to change damaged elements to avoid electrical malfunctions and hazards.
A pool service professional can change the elements for you at a cost. Alternatively, you can go the DIY way.
If you choose the latter option, make sure that you turn off the power supply to the heater before opening it.
Tip 80: Conduct periodic pool heater servicing
While it is easy to maintain your pool heater by yourself, sometimes having a professional look at it may be right.
You can have your pool heater checked out at least once a year.
Pool heater servicing
As you schedule an appointment with your local pool service, make sure that you observe the heater and note down any concerns. Let the serviceman know of the heater shutting down before thoroughly heating water, overheating, violent jerking and so on.
It will help them know where exactly to begin servicing your heater.
Also, sometimes you may think that your heater is perfect and doesn’t need any expert attention. But then, even if you’ve been diligent with maintaining it, there may be existing problems with your heater that only a professional can detect and fix.
So ultimately, annual servicing is essential for a correctly working heater
Swimming Pool Tile Maintenance Tips
A swimming pool in your backyard means that you and your family can enjoy years of relaxation and enjoyment. Besides, it also helps to enhance the value of your home.
Now, regardless of how large or unique your swimming pool is, it can become an eyesore without proper maintenance.
Pool tile maintenance is one of the essential pool maintenance routines that shouldn’t be ignored.
If neglected, the tile around your pool can quickly gain a buildup of mildew and even form a ring a ring around the pool. You can, however, combat this buildup by doing the following things;
Tip 81: Brush tiled surfaces regularly
As part of your routine pool cleaning, remember to brush the pool tiles at least once a week. This will help to remove dirt accumulation at the sides and bottom of the pool.
Make sure that you use a pool brush to do this as an incorrect one can damage the tiling.
Brush swimming pool tiles
If your tiling doesn’t have any buildup, you can merely use pool water (hoping that it’s appropriately chlorinated) to clean the tiles.
You can also buy a tile cleaning agent from your local pool store to help keep your tiles clean and shiny.
If you are an ardent DIYer, you can use homemade solutions to maintain clean swimming pool tiles. Vinegar and baking soda, in this case, do an excellent job.
Tip 82: Look out for chipping and leaks, and repair them on time
Tiles are susceptible to cracking and chipping.
Checking your pool for cracks is an essential part of proper swimming pool care and maintenance.
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By doing, you will notice problems with your tiling as soon as they appear and fix them before they get worse and expensive.
Tip 83: Ensure proper water circulation
Ensuring that your swimming pool water is circulating correctly is essential to maintaining clean tiles.
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On average swimming pool water needs to circulate at least 8 hours a day during swimming seasons and at least 6 hours daily during off season months. This constant movement of water allows water chemical to mix appropriately.
When this happens, water chemistry stays balanced all through helping to prevent the growth of algae, bacteria, and mildew. It also helps to avoid bleaching of the tiles as too much chlorine does this.
Proper pool water circulation will help keep your pool tiles as clean as you would want them to be.
Summer Pool Maintenance Tips
What can be more refreshing than taking a dip in your swimming during a hot summer day?
The cool and clean swimming pool waters provide a welcoming respite from the heat. Nonetheless, there is no fun in swimming in a dirty pool.
It is necessary that you maintain a clean swimming pool to be able to enjoy and cool off during the scorching summer.
Take note that the key to pristine pool health is regular, routine care. This will make your pool area an ideal and safe place for family fun. So if you desire to maintain clean pool during the summer months, follow these tips.
Tip 84: Run filter at least 8 hours day
To maintain clean sparkling blue water, you need to let your pool filter run at least 8 hours daily.
Keep in mind that water cleanliness and clarity is a combination of proper chemical balance and filtration. So when your filters are doing their work as needed, you won’t be able to enjoy the pool’s clear blue waters.
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In this case, it is essential to let the filter run as scheduled to allow the water circulate and filter a needed.
Tip 85: Control the PH level as frequently as possible
During summer, you should check the PH level of your pool as often as possible.
At this level, I bet you understand what PH level is. If you don’t, PH levels the alkalinity and acidity measure.
In this case, your pool water should have a PH level of about 7.2-7.5 because chlorine is more efficient at this level.
When there is a high level of alkalinity causing clouding of the pool water. On the other hand, if the acidic level is too high, it causes corrosion of the pool equipment. In this case, you’ll need to maintain the correct PH level.
You can use muriatic acid to increase the acidity of the water. On the same note, soda ash or baking soda can also be used to increase the alkalinity level.
However, keep in mind that an alkali or acid should only be added to the pool depending on whether it’s too acidic or alkaline.
So test the water first to determine the PH level before you make any additions.
Tip 86: Perform weekly total alkalinity (TA) test
The ideal level of alkalinity in any pool should range between 80 ppm and 120 ppm.
Testing the water, therefore, is essential to ensure that the total alkalinity level of your water is as it should be.
You can perform the test using TA testing kits available in pool store. Alternatively, you can take a sample of your water to a pool service professional for testing.
Note that even a small change in your waters total alkalinity can be damageable for your pool’s health.
Thus proper monitoring is essential to maintain the water balance and reduce potential hazards.
Tip 87: Check and clean the skimmer baskets regularly
To maintain dirt and debris free pool, you need to take care of the skimmer baskets routinely.
The skimmer basket is the item that sits inside the swimming pool skimmer. This item is responsible for collecting pieces of debris that can harm your pool equipment.
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So to ensure maximum efficacy of the skimmer, you need to check and clean the basket regularly.
Maintaining a clean skimmer basket will help to reduce the risk of algae and ensure that the skimmer is ready to clean dirt and debris as it should.
Tip 88: Inspect water quality at least once in every two weeks
You want your pool to stay clean and clear throughout? Spare a little of your time once every two weeks to take a sample of the pool’s water for inspection.
Inspecting water quality helps to determine the hardness and how minerals in the water are affecting other chemicals to work correctly.
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A quality level of 100 ppm to 500 ppm is ideal for healthy swimming pool water.
It is important to note that during summer, water evaporates way too quickly. As this happens, chemicals also evaporate in the process.
To ensure that you get your water tested routinely and adjusted the chemical levels accordingly.
Tip 89: Backwash your pool
During summer, backwashing your pool is necessary, especially if it is green with algae.
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It will help to get rid of dirty pool water and allow you to fill the pool with cleaner and clearer water.
Tip 90: Maintain proper water levels
As you strive to maintain a clean pool, remember to check and monitor the water level of the pool at least once a month and adjust accordingly.
Keep in mind that during the summer months, pool water tends to evaporate very quickly and thus need to be topped up more often.
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Pool service professionals advise that pool water levels should always be at the center of the tile or the skimmer. So if you pool water has gone below this level, top it up as soon as you can.
This is to avoid starving and damaging the pump and other pool equipment.
Tip 91: Perform regular pool vacuuming
Vacuuming is another essential summer pool maintenance practice. It helps you to get rid of debris from the surface even bottom of the swimming pool.
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If you allow debris such as dry leaves, and twigs to get to your filters, it can cause blockage and hinder the filtration process. Worse off, this can ruin your pool filter forcing you to replace it.
So get a pool vacuum and use it to rid your swimming pool of dirt and debris.
Tip 92: Maintain clean pool surfaces
The one thing that you need to do to ensure that your pool water stays fresh, healthy and sparkling is to maintain clean pool surfaces.
This means that you have to get out all the bits of dirt and leaves, all the bugs and everything that blows into your pool every day.
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In this case, you will have to skim your surfaces every day. Clean the deck or even power wash it. You’ll also have to clean the liner, tiles and underwater surfaces every week if not more often.
So have a pool brush, cleaning agents, vacuum, and leaf net to help you rid your pool of sediments and anything that attract algae, bacteria and mildew to grow.
Swimming Pool Safety Maintenance Tips
It is quite likely that your backyard pool gets a lot of use every swimming season. From hosting pool parties, exercise routines to simple relaxation and enjoyment.
I can tell that you’ve turned this investment in your backyard into a hub of activity, fun, and entertainment.
Because of these reasons, the pool requires a proper maintenance routine to keep it healthy, beautiful and more importantly safe for all to enjoy.
Remember that efficient swimming pool safety maintenance doesn’t require the use of a costly pool care company.
By following these simple tips, you can avoid accidents, hazards and maintain a safe swimming environment.
Tip 93: Conduct proper inspection of water chemistry
Unless covered, swimming pool water tends to evaporate, even more, when the weather is hot and sunny.
During evaporation, drastic changes tend to take place which affect the balance of chemicals. It is due to this that it is essential to monitor your water chemistry regularly.
Doing this will allow you to keep up with these chemical alterations in order maintain proper pool water sanitation.
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Also, it prevents possible skin or eye irritations caused by improper water chemistry.
You want swimmers to enjoy and feel safe swimming in your pool. So purchase a test kit from your local pool store.
Most these kits contain color code strips that you use by dipping them in the pool water and then compare the readings to the colors on the bottle.
If this proves hard, just get a professional to do the testing when you need to and advice on the way forward.
Tip 94: Maintain safe water levels
Evaporation and leaking are some of the things that cause water levels to drop in your swimming pool.
Too low water levels can be dangerous for swimmers especially those that like to dive into the pool.
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They can unknowingly dive into a shallow end and hit bottom hard leading to injuries or even death.
Due to this, you need to monitor your water level and anything that may cause an unusual drop in the level.
Tip 95: Encourage adult supervision
As with any swimming pool, there should be someone when individuals are swimming more so when these individuals are kids.
Adult supervision every time kids gain access to the pool is essential to ensure that they are safe and don’t get into dangerous situations.
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Child death risks are greater when kids are allowed into the pool unsupervised. Kids can just trip and fall and even drown.
This is why kids should always be supervised when in the pool area and should not be left alone at any point.
Tip 96: Inspect the entire pool regularly for safety concerns
It is essential to be confident of the safety of your entire pool at all times.
With this in mind, you will need to perform a regular pool inspection to ensure that this safety is upheld.
You can check the liners for any ripping and tear especially were pipes, and other items can penetrate and harm swimmers.
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Check your pool equipment for rusting and deterioration. Rusted or worn out parts could rupture at any time and this can injure unknowing swimmers.
Also, you might want to make sure that your deck for safety hazards like protruding nails, shipped boards, cracks, etc.
Tip 97: Install fence and ladder
To ensure safety around your pool, build a fence and ladder.
In most areas, building a fence around swimming pools is now mandatory, and there are even specifications on how the fence should be built.
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What’s more, is that these pool safety laws require that a safety gate is included in the fence and should have a latch that can only be opened by older kids and adults.
So, as pool safety maintenance process, you need to ensure that your pool fence is in great shape and the gate opens and closes are you need it to.
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As for the ladder, this must be installed and correctly and monitored on a regular basis. You need to be sure that the ladder is strong and sturdy at all times.
Tip 98: Store chemicals and pool supplies out of reach of kids
Do not at any point store chemicals and pool supplies carelessly and in areas when kids can reach.
After using these items, always make sure that you store them in a secure and enclosed area within or outside the pool.
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You cannot be sure that kids will not stumble upon these chemicals and supplies if not well stored.
Kids are inquisitive beings; they’ll want to know what is hidden where and why it is hidden. Therefore, as the adult that you are, take the necessary precautions when storing pool chemicals and supplies to avoid accidents that shouldn’t happen in the first place.
Tip 99: Maintain proper water sanitation
Proper swimming pool water sanitation is essential to ensure the safety of your friends and family.
Remember that proper sanitation stems from appropriate circulation and filtration. Proper water balance is also essential towards a sanitary pool.
Wood swimming pool deck – Photo Credit: MUSKOKA411
You need to make sure that your water has the right level of chlorination to help fight against bacteria and growth of algae. Water that infested with algae and bacteria could make your friends and family sick if ingested or get into the skin through an open.
Circulation is also necessary for safe swimming pool water. Stagnant water attracts mosquitoes and other disease carrying insects that are apparently not good news for you and your family.
Tip 100: Extend your pool season all year round with a swimming pool enclosure
Isn’t it amazing how most pool owners make an investment in their pool, but forget an essential component – a swimming pool enclosure?
With a swimming pool enclosure, especially the retractable pool enclosures, you don’t have to worry about the winter or summer weather anymore. You can swim both during the summer and winter thus, extending your swimming season.
The best part:
You can close it to have an indoor environment or open it to have an outdoor environment. Depending on whether you go for low profile or high profile swimming pool enclosure, you’ll obviously extend your swimming season all year round.
Additionally, it protects the swimming pool from snow, acid rain, high speed wind, dust or intruders. With lockable doors, your swimming pool will remain safe all year round.
Retractable swimming pool enclosure – Photo Credits: Excelite
It is strong enough to protect your swimming pool and ensure safety.
So, if you are concerned about the safety of small children and pets in your household, get a swimming pool enclosure. You should ensure the door stays locked when the swimming pool is not in use.
Tip 101: Monitor and maintain pool equipment sufficiently
Routine maintenance of swimming pool equipment is paramount to a safe swimming pool.
You need to continually monitor and maintain your swimming pool more so when you have operational concerns.
The pump, filter, and heater should be put under watch always. Any operational concerns should be checked out and fixed immediately to avoid hazards.
Swimming pool maintenance equipment
Keep in mind that most of this equipment is electrical and any slight form of neglect can cause death or injury.
Before, I wrap up this swimming pool maintenance tips; let me give you some few links. You can learn more about swimming pool and its accessories:
- Pool Covers: The Definitive Guide to Protecting Your Pool
- Retractable Pool Enclosure and Cover: The Ultimate Buying Guide
- Beginner’s Guide to Swimming Pool Maintenance
- Pool Fence: The Ultimate Buying Guide
- Swimming Pool Installation: The Step-by-step Guide to Construct an Inground Pool
- 10 Pool Maintenance Tips
- Above Ground Pool Installation: The Complete Guide
- The Ultimate Pool Service: A Professional Swimming Pool Service Company Should Provide
- 15 Pool Maintenance Tips (Learn How to Keep the Pool Clean)
Pool care and maintenance involves a lot of work.
Nonetheless, it is something that must be done to keep the pool functioning at all times and in a proper manner.
With these tips, you can easily maintain a clean, safe and beautiful swimming pool. Also, you can cash in some savings that could otherwise be spent on hiring someone to this for you.
Now it’s your turn:
Which one of these tips have you tried before?
Which one was hard for you and which one are you fond of?
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