Having a pool in your backyard makes it feel like you’re on vacation all summer. However, it does take a little work to keep the water clean and safe. Here are four tips for swimming pool maintenance that will keep your pool looking great.

1) Opening and Closing

Some climates allow for a pool to remain in use year-round, making swimming pool maintenance easier. Other areas have colder winters and the pool will be closed for the season.

Closing is a matter of turning everything off, clearing the water out of the pump, filter, and pipes, and securely covering the pool. Opening the pool involves thoroughly cleaning it and getting the water ready. You can teach yourself how to safely close and open your pool, or you can hire a professional for this job.

2) Keep the Water Circulating

The best way to keep your water looking great is to keep the pump running all of the time. Stagnant water isn’t being filtered and breeds bacteria and algae. Keeping the water circulating will filter the pool water and keep the chemicals balanced. Fewer chemicals are needed when you keep the filter running, making swimming pool maintenance less expensive.

3) Chemicals for Swimming Pool Maintenance

It may feel overwhelming when you see how many different chemicals there are for swimming pool maintenance. However, most of them are for treating the water if the chemical balance is off. There are a few things that you need to maintain the balance of chemicals in your pool water.

  • Test Kit: You can find a few different varieties of test kits. Test for the pH level, the alkalinity, and the sanitizer level.
  • Chlorine: It’s used to sanitize your pool water, and can be liquid, granular, or in the shape of discs. As you test your pool water, you will start to notice how much chlorine your pool needs. Adding chlorine will be the most regular part of swimming pool maintenance. Add a little every day or keep a disc floating in the pool.
  • Shock: It’s chlorine with a kick. Periodically, your pool water’s chlorine level will drastically drop, usually after rain or if the pool has seen a lot of use. Shocking the pool will quickly sanitize the water. It’s best to shock your pool in the evening so the sun doesn’t burn up the chlorine before it gets a chance to do its job.
  • Chemicals to balance pH levels and alkalinity: Measure the acidity of the water. Your test kit will let you know if there is a problem. Have chemicals on hand to either raise or lower levels as needed.

4) Cleaning is Part of Swimming Pool Maintenance

Your pool’s skimmers, pump, and filter will take care of your swimming pool maintenance by removing contaminants from the water. You will need to help the process.

  • Make sure that the skimmers are clean.
  • Use a net to remove any debris floating on top of the water. Vacuum the pool as needed and use a brush to clean the sides.
  • Regularly backwash your pool’s filter to rid it of collected debris.

Swimming pool maintenance is simple once you understand the routine. Staying ahead of the game is important. Check the chemicals daily, keep it clean of debris, and you’ll have a beautiful backyard oasis to enjoy all summer.

Sunbelt Inspections provides pool and spa inspections to Houston and the surrounding areas. We can assess your pool or spa for any structural, maintenance, or safety problems. Contact us to request an appointment.