Maintaining a clean pool is necessary to fully enjoy your very own piece of private ocean. Keeping the water chemical readings at the recommended levels ensures a fun and safe swimming environment. Using common chemicals such as chlorine, metal decreases and clarity solutions keeps the water properly maintained during the summer season. Daily and weekly tests are needed to keep the pool open for everyone.

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Testing the pool water is just one of the many steps to maintain a safe swimming environment.

Opening

The summer months mark the beginning of the season for many swimming pools. This is the time when pools should be replenished with water and treated heavily with chemicals after having sat idle over the winter months. Remove the cover and reattach all the hoses that connect from the pool to the pump. Be sure to remove the filter cover used for winterization.

Using either a wet/dry vacuum or a skimmer, remove all bugs and leaves. Remove larger debris before turning on the pump so the filter does not become clogged. Use chlorine shock to kill any algae or organisms that made the pool home during the off-season.

Check the pH and chlorine levels of the water with a chemical test strip or test kit. The pH level should read slightly above neutral, between 7.2 and 7.6 parts per million (ppm). A chlorine level of 1 to 3 ppm should be maintained throughout the summer season. Use algaecide treatment weekly to prevent algae from growing. Remove bugs and leaves daily to make the water clearer and cleaner from debris.

Chemicals

Pool maintenance is nothing without the proper chemicals to balance compound levels in the water. Add chlorine shock and tablets along with pH increaser or decreaser regularly. Levels for pH and chlorine should be checked at least once a week. Additionally, use metal decreaser and algaecide when levels are not normal, after heavy rains or after water addition. Saltwater pools should be regularly tested for calcium levels to maintain correct salt content.

Checking the alkalinity of the pool is also important. Alkalinity levels help stabalize pH readings. All of the chemicals help make up the total dissolved solids (TDS) measurement. The recommended TDS level is 1,500 ppm.

Aside from the water, other parts of the pool need to be checked. Empty the filter and skimmer frequently. The skimmer collects many bugs, leaves and large particles before they enter the filter. Check the skimmer daily and the filter every week to empty out pollen and hair. The pump should also be backwashed to clean out any dirty sand particles inside.

Results

Regular maintenance of pool water keeps problems low and lengthens the life of the structure. Daily upkeep can prevent from a lengthy, more complex problem. Running the pool pump all day ensrues a clean and crystal clear swiming environment. Certain metals, such as iron, cause discoloration of the pool liner if left untreated. Harmful bacteria are also decreased thanks to daily maintenance.

Vacationing

Even when on vacation, you need to make sure your pool is properly maintained. Ask a neighbor, a family member or a pool-service provider to periodically check on your unit to make sure everything is in working order while away. They can add chemicals and clean the pool of any debris. This assistance is helpful in not having a mess when you return from vacation.

Closing

Clean the pool thoroughly one last time before closing time in the late summer or fall. Balance all chemicals and throw in extra amounts of shock to help deter bacteria growth. Disconnect all the hoses and place the cover back over the filter and on top of the pool to prevent freezing.

Benefits

A clean pool is not only pretty, it is also healthy. Keeping a safe and fresh swimming environment is made possible by daily maintenance. This is a top concern for the majority of pool owners who want to make the most out of their investment.