Owning a swimming pool is a simple luxury that anyone can enjoy. That sparkling, cool blue water is so beautiful and relaxing on a humid summer day. It’s somewhere you can relax when you want to get away from the stressfulness of your everyday life, or a place where you can hang out with friends and family. I’m sure most of us have organized or been to a pool party before at least once in our lives.
Unfortunately, if your pool isn’t crystal clear blue, it could be hub for bacteria and diseases. The water needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. Pool cleaning maintenance can be troublesome, but having a robotic pool cleaner makes it a simple task. All swimming pools are different in build and design, which means that maintenance and care regime varies between each pool. Likewise, every pool cleaner is different, so you need to make sure the one you pick suits your pool best.
Some simple tips for swimming pool maintenance are:
Monitoring and upholding your pool’s filtration system is vital for the health and clarity of your pool. Keeping a constant cycle of water is critical to keeping the chemicals evenly distributed through the thousands of gallons of water. Running the filter cycles at a rate that cycles all the water through the filter twice will help catch the majority of leaves and other unwanted debris.
The easiest way to calculate this is to take your total pool volume and divide it by your filter’s filtration rate. Then multiply that by two. This total will be the number of hours you should run your filter.
It’s additionally critical to review the filtration basket that catches debris. Make sure to empty this on a regular basis to keep your filtration system in good working order. You should also make sure to inspect the collection device for rips or breaks in the mesh, and replace it if the container is ripped or broken.
Check out this article for more information on water filtration.
2) Pressure Monitoring
A pressure gauge is used to measure the pressure of water in pounds per square inch, or your pool’s psi. This is something you usually will not need to worry about, but is a good habit to check on a regular basis.
You will need to set a baseline for your pool’s “normal” pressure. The best way to get your baseline reading is note the pressure level when the pool is first installed. If you have a pool that is already up and running, that’s okay, too. Just take your baseline measurement right after cleaning your pool’s filtration system to get the optimal standard reading. These numbers will vary depending on the type and size of your pool, so make sure you are not using some generic baseline you found online. Now that you have your baseline you can enjoy your beautiful pool until these readings become too high or low.
High Pressure Readings: If you see a reading that the pressure is too high, say 10+ psi over your previously recorded baseline, you will most likely find that your filter needs cleaning. Make sure to clear all trapped debris including leaves and sand from the filtration system, and take another reading on your pressure gauge. If the reading is still a bit high you may need to replace your filtration system’s filter media.
Low Pressure Readings: This is usually due to something blocking the filter’s pump. Make sure the pump is functioning properly, check for air leaks, make sure the o-rings are in good shape and there is an airtight seal. Also verify that there is a sufficient amount of water in your pool. Low water levels can cause a drop in pressure to show on the gauge.
3) Chemical Balance
Keeping your pool’s chemistry in check is an absolute must for maintaining a healthy pool environment. Make sure to keep the chlorine levels at the recommended amounts. Depending on your pool, you may use a floating chlorine dispenser or a built-in chlorine dispensing system, common with in-ground pools. Make sure to shock your pool weekly to ensure the water is sanitary.
Test the pH levels in the pool and keep them at safe levels. Keeping your pool between a pH 7.2 and 7.6 is considered optimal. If your pH levels are too low, you can add additional chlorine to bring the pH levels up. Or, you can add muriatic acid to the pool while the water is circulating to bring the pH back to a normal level.
Make sure to check your pool’s chemistry at least twice a week and balance the chemicals as needed. Finally, if swimmers are complaining about their eyes burning in the pool, check the pH balance, this is usually the culprit.
This is a pretty obvious task that needs to be completed regularly to keep your pool clean and sanitary. Removing algae and other buildup from the walls and floors of the pool will deter the formation of additional bacteria and algae. You can use a scrubbing brush and perform this task manually, purchase a robotic pool cleaner, or hire a pool service to complete this for you on a scheduled basis.
Maintaining your pool can be a complex task if you do not know what you are doing. Make sure to contact the pool manufacturer for the recommended cleaning schedule and chemical requirements for optimal sanitation levels. You can offset some of the work by using automated pool cleaners or hiring professional pool cleaning services. Keep in mind that if you are having problems with your pool’s sanitation, do not hesitate to get professional help. A few hundred dollars is a small trade off for your health and safety in your pool.