If you have a pool, you likely know what it takes to maintain it and ensure that it stays fresh and clean during the swimming season. But for those who aren’t well versed in this procedure or have just recently gotten a pool, you may be unsure about the best ways to protect and maintain your pool so that you can use it whenever you want during the summer months. So to help you figure out the best maintenance plan for your pool, here are three tips for keeping your pool cleaner this summer.
Keep Your Skimmer Basket Clean
While you can skim your pool yourself to get debris that floats along the top or just under the surface of the water, your pool also has a built-in skimmer to help ensure that things don’t settle down at the bottom and cause the pool to become too dirty. However, if you aren’t keeping this skimmer and its basket clean, your skimmer won’t be able to work as efficiently as it otherwise could. So according to Kevin Woodhurst, a contributor to TripSavvy.com, it’s best to clean out this skimmer basket at least once a week. If you notice that it’s really full and dirty when you clean it out once a week, try checking on it every few days to ensure that it’s functioning at the best of its abilities.
Test The Water Regularly
To ensure that your pool is properly balanced and that you’re using the right amount of chemicals to help keep things sanitary, you’re going to want to test your pool water regularly. For most pools, this means doing a test at least once a week. According to Tara Mastroeni, a contributor to Freshome.com, there are six chemicals that you should be testing for: cyanuric acid, free chlorine, acidity, total alkalinity, and calcium hardness. If you’re not sure the best way to check on these levels, visit a pool shop and ask them for a pool testing kit. They can even help you figure out how to do it yourself at home and read the results you get, which is usually a simple color-based reading.
Embrace Shock or Algaecide
If you forget to test your water or you let your pool get unbalanced with its chemicals, you may end up needing to shock the pool or use an algaecide to help fight off bacteria that may be growing there. According to SFGate.com, you will usually see the algae growing on the pool liner, which will cause the water to become murky or yellow-green. But even if you don’t notice problems with the water quality, it’s still a good idea to shock the water occasionally to ensure that it’s clear and healthy.
If you’re wanting to keep your pool clean for use during the whole summer, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you do just that.