As any pool owner will testify (or anyone who has been in the market for a pool, for that matter), they are certainly not cheap to add to your home. While we’re not going to throw any exact figures out there, the cost is likely to spread into the tens of thousands of dollars – or more if you are going for something utterly stylish.
Despite this, an alarming number of pool owners don’t take adequate care of their pool. It means that when summer arrives, their pool is left looking less than inviting – and major maintenance is required to get it up to scratch.
This is the reason this post has been put together, as we take a look at some of the best steps you can take to ensure that you can always keep your swimming pool in pristine condition.
The filter factor
According to Blue Haven Pools, the filter is the bread and butter of a pristine pool.
However, this filter needs to be cleaned. Generally, filters will need to be cleaned every few months, or if a heavy storm has just occurred.
In terms of the process, the best way to treat dirty filters is to soak them in a muriatic acid solution (approximately 10% concentration). Some people might also use trisodium phosphate, which can perform a comparable task. Of course, whenever dealing with chemicals of this ilk, ensure that your body is adequately protected.
Always check the chemistry of the pool
This is one of those tasks that feels too mundane to perform regularly but trust us, you won’t regret it.
It’s advisable to check on the condition of your pool at least one or two times per week in the warmer months, with this dropping to once every couple of weeks when the temperature drops for winter. You should be looking to analyze the pH level here. In an ideal world, it will always sit between 7.2 and 7.8. If it’s on the lower part of this scale, you won’t need to turn to as much chlorine as it won’t be as effective in higher pH levels.
The importance of a correct water level
For most people, the condition of a pool would never relate to the amount of water in there. As it turns out, this isn’t the case in the slightest.
If your water is too high or low, it can wreak havoc with the condition of your pool. After all, this water is going to be passing through the filter at some point, so sending too much is going to create a problem with that device. Not only that, it can impact the skimmer door which is the system in your pool which prevents any debris entering the water. At the same time, without enough water, the pump can run dry.
Therefore, stick to the guidelines for your pool size, and ensure that enough water is in there. You will be surprised at how much this impacts the condition of your water.