Owning a pool is fun, but it comes with many responsibilities.
And, although it’ll take some time to get familiar with pool care, it’ll become part of your routine once you get the hang of it. After all, if you’ve decided to purchase a brand-new pool, you’d want it to stay functional and beautiful for years to come.
Incidentally, those who have recently installed a new pool might struggle with the maintenance. So, to help you take care of your pool in the best possible way, we’ve compiled an easy guide that acts as a go-to manual.
This will help you DIY the pool care tasks without hiring a professional. Our short but complete resource is the perfect place to start for basic working knowledge about pool management. So, read till the end to know all about pool maintenance.
Pool Components You Should Know About
Whether you have a concrete, fibreglass, or vinyl in-ground pool, most basic pool components remain pretty much the same. Before diving into the maintenance aspect, it’s essential to know a few of these parts to avoid confusion.
1. Pool Filter
Every pool will have a filter by default. The three main types are sand filter, cartridge filter, and DE filters, which perform the same cleaning function. It’s not a big deal if you aren’t sure about the kind of filter you have. But cleaning your pool filter regularly and knowing the type will surely help if there is a need to replace it someday.
An electric motor pushes the water towards the filter and back to the pool regularly; this device is commonly called a pool pump.
3. Drainage System
Check the bottom of your pool, and you’ll find 2 or 3 drains that add and remove pool water. These use a low power suction to remove the debris that otherwise sinks to the bottom.
A skimmer is a small drain you see around the pool edges. Its purpose is to drain out unwanted dirt, leaves, or bugs before they drop to the bottom.
Pool Maintenance Essentials
We’ve divided the maintenance essentials into three parts:
- Cleaning The Pool
- Pool Circulation System
- Water Chemistry
Cleaning The Pool
- Vacuum system
- Pool brushes
- Skimmer net
- Filter cleaner
- Cleaning agents
- Pool Shock
Essential Cleaning Guide For Spotless Pools
We get it; you don’t want to spend all your free time cleaning the pool. But if you schedule regular cleaning days, the process won’t get as overwhelming as cleaning once in a few months. The best practice is to perform regular manual cleaning over and above the chlorine to prevent microbial growth.
1. Skim The Water
Take a skimmer net and attach it to a long pole available at any store in the pool accessories section. This forms a basic net that you need to skim over the water’s surface. Leaves, dried twigs, or insects cannot be cleaned from the regular filtration system, so this method takes care of larger debris.
2. Clean The Pool Filter
As we mentioned before, there are usually three filter systems for pools. Your cleaning technique will depend on the kind of filter installed in your pool. If you have a cartridge filter, you’ll need to remove the cartridge film and wash it till it’s clean. Over time the film may need replacement, but that’s not required for every cleaning session.
3. Scrub The Pool Walls
The pool wall collects dust, grime, and algae, so a quick brush along the walls will keep them clean. Attach the brush tool to the cleaning pole and work your way around the pool. Make sure you cover all corners, including the ladder.
4. Vacuum The Pool Floor
The pool floor tends to get neglected because some DIY-ers don’t know how to reach the bottom without draining the water. Vacuuming is the easy way out and doesn’t require the elaborate process of draining and refilling the pool water.
Attach your vacuum hose to the pole and dip the head in the water. You’ll be filling the vacuum with water while keeping the other end of the hose open to allow the air to escape. Next, ask a friend to turn off the filter while the vacuum head remains submerged. Attach the hose to the skimmer and adaptor, then switch the pool filter setting to “waste removal”.
Once you start the system again, the grime and water will directly exit through the attached drain. Glide the hose across the floor and switch it off when complete. Lastly, remove the hose from the vacuum and switch the motor setting to “filter”.
You can also purchase a robotic pool cleaning system if you have a higher budget. This way, you can set times for your pool to be cleaned, so you can sit back and relax. There is also the option of self-cleaning pools, but this is at the top end of the budget for some.
5. Clean Your Pool Deck
If you have the luxury of a pool deck, don’t forget to clean your pool deck after you’ve finished cleaning the entire pool. The deck gets slippery from dirt and algae, so be cautious when cleaning this portion. Use a regular cleaning agent and a long brush to scrub through all the sides.
Pool Circulation System
Stagnant water is the perfect home for bacterial and microbial growth. Just as water outdoors remains fresh and clean because it’s always moving, pool water needs constant movement too. The pool pump and motor filter ensure that the water in the pool is constantly in motion, thus preventing the growth of algae and microbes.
Ideally, a pool filter should always run, even throughout the night. But that isn’t practically possible for everyone. So, you could opt for running the filter 12 to13 hours per day to keep the water circulating. Turn on the backwashing periodically to release the dirt out of the pool.
Keep the filter clean and in good condition to allow for a longer lifespan. If the filter is working well, there will be fewer clogging and breakage from pressure.
Test The Pool Water Chemistry
You may be wondering why it’s necessary to spend time learning chemistry when all you want to do is relax in a pool! The thing is, the correct chemical balance in your pool is exactly what gives it a sparkling clean appearance. If the balance is off, there is a chance of algae overgrowth. And, we’re sure you’d agree that swimming in a murky, algae-infested pool doesn’t sound fun.
It’s unnecessary to test the pH frequently, but it’s a good idea to try it if the pool has seen more visitors than usual. External factors like rain can also change the chemistry and might need additional cleaning after weeks of use.
Using A Strip Kit
Pool water strip kits are a quick and inexpensive way to determine the pH of the pool water. All you need to do is dip the thin paper strip in your pool and hold it still for a minute or so. Then take it out of the water and give it time to dry.
After a while, the strip will naturally take on one colour. Compare the results with the instruction guide and add alkaline agents if required. 7.5 is ideal on the pH scale, which is neutral but slightly leaning towards alkaline.
Maintaining Your Pool
Whether the pool is old or new, maintaining it will allow you and your family to enjoy a clean place to beat the heat. And a bit of regular maintenance is worth it since the result is satisfying.
In fact, like many other pool owners, you might find yourself taking pride in and enjoying the rituals to keep the pool in good condition. So, we hope you found our helpful guide and get a chance to apply the maintenance methods to your pool.
Until next time, have a nice swim!