We are getting ever-closer to the summer, and for you lucky folks out there that have a swimming pool to relax by I want to help you by giving you some tips that make your pool the coolest spot this whole season.
Whether you are a seasoned pool owner, or new to the swimming-in-y0ur-backyard lifestyle, these tips can help keep your pool in tip-top shape for your family and (mooching) friends:
1. Know Your Chemicals: Pool owner or not, everyone knows the main chemical in your pool is Chlorine, but what is Soda Ash? Muriatic Acid? and how do they affect your pool? These are just two of the chemicals you need to pay attention to when you are maintaining the health of your pool, and adding them at the right times keep your pH balance in check. You also need to make sure you are storing your chemicals correctly. Like most chemicals, keep them in a cool dry place and especially keep them out of the sunlight! Here is a cool article from WikiHow that gets into more detail on how to maintain your pool’s pH balance, one from About, and for our friends-of-branding, here is a step-by-step brought to you by Arm and Hammer.
2. Clean, Clean, Clean: As they say, cleanliness is next to godliness, and so goes with your pool. You want to make sure you are cleaning your pool monthly, weekly, daily. There are different types of cleaning you need to do at different times, but for right now I’ll just tackle the daily items. Make sure you check your filters every day. Even if you don’t use your pool on a daily basis, and even if it’s covered, you never know what random objects could be sneaking into your water. Skimmer baskets (the classic white filters we all opened as kids) take barely a minute to empty, and is an important step to take before vacuuming your pool. Vacuuming your pool should be thought of like mowing your lawn. Make a clean sweep throughout the whole pool overlapping a little on each pass to make sure you are getting everything out you should.
3. Inspect Your Pool’s Heater: Unless you’re living in the middle of the desert you are probably going to need a pool heater. Heaters actually will last a long time without maintenance, but when that maintenance needs to happen you need to make sure you call a professional to do it. In the mean time, calcium can deposit on your heater, and heat attracts critters. Just make sure you go out to your heater and keep an eye on it in-between fixes.
Swimming pools are one of the greatest, but most complicated additions you can make to your home. There are a ton of other things you need to do to maintain a healthy pool, and I am only barely scratching the surface here. If you need more advice for your pool be sure and tell us! Make a comment on the blog or go to facebook and message us, we’ll answer your question right away!
Everybody build (and swim) safe out there!