Some “strange” ways can be used to give the pool a facelift, in addition to the regular maintenance procedures for ensuring that the water is chlorinated and refreshed. These methods will not only clean and make your pool safer to use, but they will also save you money, time, and energy.
1. Use Baking Soda.
It not only cleans the pool but also helps maintain the proper pH levels in the pool. Some places will sell you an “alkalinity increaser” as an alternative, but buying baking soda will save you money. Both items eventually produce the same results, but baking soda does so more effectively. The amount of baking soda required is determined by the pool’s size.
2. Tennis Ball.
You might be wondering what this has to do with pool upkeep, but the consequences will astound you. A tennis ball tossed into the pool will clear the water by sucking out all of the chemicals and oils that people bring into the pool in the form of sunscreen and suntan creams. The change will be difficult to ignore if you leave the ball floating now and again.
3. Keep track of your water usage with a bucket.
The rate at which the pool loses water is determined by environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity. The average daily water loss, on the other hand, should not exceed 25% of an inch. Place a weighted bucket on the stairwell and mark the water levels at various intervals throughout the day to determine the rate of water loss. Significant margins indicate a pool leak, which you should have fixed as soon as possible. If the pool’s water level is lower than you’d like, simply fill it up with a hosepipe to the desired level. After each refill, make sure to check the chemical levels.
4. Remove dirt with a line and a net.
Skimming using a net attached to a line can be used to remove loose dirt that has made its way into the pool. Dirt, residue, and pollutants may adhere to the tile and waterline, demanding a thorough cleaning. To prevent calcium buildup, dedicate yourself to cleaning this area at least once a week. When cleaning the tiles, keep in mind that the walkways should be cleaned as well to avoid transmitting filth and dirt into the pool.
5. Your pool’s Kidney is the Filter.
If you do not properly maintain this small but vital component of your pool, you may eventually wind up with a dead pool. The filter is designed to remove contaminants such as leaves, dirt, and tiny particles from the water in the same way that the kidneys are responsible for filtering impurities. Cleaning the pipes in the filter system once a month is recommended. Removing the leaf basket and turning on the pump and letting it run until the pipe discharges clean water is an easy way to do so.
6. Ensure that chemical levels are consistent.
This is one of the most important aspects of pool upkeep. When water is out of balance chemically, it appears murky, irritates the skin, and can host bacteria. Testing the chemical levels every week is advised. Cyanuric acid, free chlorine, total alkalinity, acidity/alkalinity, and calcium hardness are the chemical levels to be examined.
Has the testing been done by a professional? If you want to do it yourself, go to your local pool store and get a testing kit, then follow the directions. Chemicals that are well-balanced produce water that is crystal clear, has no odor and leaves no residue on the skin.
It’s also a good idea to “shock” your pool once in a while. This refers to a sudden, although brief, increase in the pool’s chlorine levels. The method involves diluting five times the typical quantity of chlorine with water and slowly pouring it into the swimming pool to eliminate microorganisms. After a few minutes, you refill the pool with water to bring the chlorine levels back to normal. Because shocking increases the risk of damaging the pool siding, it is best to limit the treatment to no more than two times per season.
7. Examine the Skimmer Lid’s Condition.
The skimmer cover may need to be replaced sometimes if it becomes cracked or broken. It is critical to ensure that it is in good working order and firmly set in place since it prevents humans or pets from falling into the skimmer well. To avoid accidents, make sure the pump’s power is turned off throughout the replacement.
8. Power Clean.
This is also known as pressure washing, and it removes weather stains as well as any rust that may develop over time. To begin, sweep the deck clean to remove any loose debris so that it does not spread during the cleaning process. Set the power washer to medium and spray the entire surface to remove any debris, repeating the process until the area is completely clean. A power washer can be hired from a pool store near you.
9. Make a yearly service appointment with a professional.
You may not believe it is necessary, but your understanding of how to care for your equipment, such as filters, pumps, and heating systems, may be insufficient. A skilled pool service company will not only inspect your equipment but will also provide you with advice on how to keep your pool in good working order. They can swiftly identify little issues that could lead to a major crisis in the future.
10. Winter Preparation.
It is just as vital to maintaining your pool in the winter as it is in the summer. You don’t want to examine your pool at the start of the next season to discover that the water has gone brown and is infested with harmful bacteria. When it comes to repairs the following season, properly winterizing your pool will save you a lot of money and effort. The chemicals must be balanced, surplus water must be blown out of the plumbing lines, and the pool must be covered to keep debris out.
With these easy yet unexpected tactics, your pool should be able to maintain greater standards than most privately held pools.