It’s summertime, which means it’s time to maintain your pool (and your tan). What’s better than jumping into a cool, crystal clear pool on a hot summer’s day? Not much. But keeping your pool clean for the summer does require some regular maintenance. This blog will help you learn how to maintain a clean pool for the summer.
Regularly Skim the Surface
Your pool’s filter will prevent small debris from building up in your pool, but it won’t typically catch larger pieces of trash or organic material. Use an automatic surface cleaner or a leaf skimmer on a daily basis to remove any twigs, leaves, or flowers that fall into your pool. If left in the pool, these organic materials can make the water cloudy and over time, contribute to a buildup of sediment that you definitely don’t want in your pool.
Check Your Filter
In order for your filter to continue running properly, you need to clean it regularly. If your water is looking a bit cloudy, you know it’s time to clean out your filter by backwashing. Backwashing is the process of cleaning your pool’s filter by reversing the flow of water to get rid of contaminants. To do this, run water through the filter on the opposite side of its usual flow. This will push out any built-up sediment. It’s an easy and effective way to keep your pool clean.
Maintain the Chemicals
One of the most important steps in keeping your pool clean is maintaining the proper levels of chlorine and pH for your pool’s size. The water in your swimming pool relies on chemicals to keep bacteria out. You can use a water testing kit or hire professionals to check the levels. Checking the chemicals in your pool is increasingly important during the summer months where usage is high and additional chemicals are added to the pool via sunscreen and hair products. Be sure to read next month’s blog where H&H Custom Pools breaks down each chemical in detail.
Check the Circulation
Your pool’s pump helps to push water through the filtration process. If the pump doesn’t run for as long as it needs to, the water won’t circulate enough to rid your pool of dirt and debris. This can result in the wrong amount of chlorination. Thus, it’s important to make sure that your pump is working properly and being run for at least 8 hours minimum. Fortunately, your pump can be placed on an automatic timer by H&H Custom Pools. The automatic timer allows for the homeowner to have one less item to worry about.
Vacuum Your Pool
It’s a great idea to vacuum your pool on a weekly basis or get an automated vacuum. A pool vacuum helps clean out the hard-to-reach debris and decreases the number of chemicals you need to add. Be sure to check and clean out the vacuum filter so that it is able to properly pick out the debris. H&H Custom Pools recommends the Pentair Dorado or the Pentair Rebel for a pool vacuum. You can purchase either of these with H&H Custom Pools and receive a $50 rebate.
Wipe Down Your Pool
This step is sometimes overlooked, but wiping down your pool accessories is an important part of pool maintenance. All pool toys, railings, chairs, tables and anything where germs can settle, should be thoroughly wiped down. Chemicals and sediments will also build up and stain the waterline tile, be sure to clean this tile on a regular basis. A quick wipe down will keep your pool looking fresh, clean and germ-free for your family & friends to enjoy.
Keep Your Pool Clean with H&H Custom Pools
Need help maintaining your pool this summer? H&H Custom Pools specializes in all things pools ranging from repairs to renovations and custom designs. Give us a call today at (772)545-3066.