Swimming pool maintenance is an integral part of keeping your pool clean, with sparklingly white water, hygienic, algae-free, healthy and most of all, cost-effective. We will teach you how to care for your pool using basic techniques that do not require expensive purchases for tools and other necessities (such as equipment).
Caring for your pool need not be elaborate and cumbersome, although all pools are different, they share a common denominator. The secret to its crystal clear water and hygienic pool state as a whole are utmost care and routine maintenance.
If you choose to tackle common problems, like muddy or turbid water or broken pipe, etcetera, be sure to consult first the manufacturer’s supplied Owner’s Manual before you fix and use equipment on your own.
Above Ground Pool Maintenance
Every above ground pool owner certainly wants their pool water blue (this color indicates pristine water) and crystal clear for enjoyable use every day. The pool should also be cleaned and tidy every use. Clear and pristine water is useless when its container is in itself unclean and unhygienic.
The pool (exterior and interior walls) should be cleaned with brush and soap (or detergent) and flush with clean water. Molds and algae should be absent during operation and when not in use. Floating debris should be skimmed by hand every few days because they will eventually sink if not immediately cleaned.
You can use handled net in removing floating bugs, leaves and other debris. This skimming significantly adds to the efficient circulation of the water and lowers the amount of chlorine to use. The pool should also be vacuumed at least weekly to minimize algae and calcium builds up and keep the water clear.
Pool Filter Maintenance
There are 3 different kinds of filter use in swimming pools, namely: cartridge, sand and diatomaceous earth. Each has its own method of cleaning and maintenance procedures. Manufacturers list these methods on their manuals. However, all types need to be cleaned periodically depending of the type o filter medium and the frequency of use of the pool.
The pool filter should be checked and cleaned according to manufacturer’s recommendation to help decrease the added chemical and to have a smooth flow of water. Smooth water flow enhances efficient pump and eliminates possible over speeding of the motor. This over speeding may cause motor to overheat and consequently burn the motor, especially if your electrical system is not equipped with GCFI.
The best time to clean your filter is when there is a large disparity between pressure gauge and flow meter reading (typically between 10- 15 psi). Manufacturers recommend that a little dirt on the filter may help in trapping fine debris, but massive amount of this dirt will also clogs up the filter. The pressure difference we stated earlier is the clear indication of the right timing for cleaning the filter.
Pool Maintenance Cost
An average swimming pool maintenance cost should not be a burden for pool owners. The cost of maintaining your pool varies depending on its size, frequency of use, pool system, its features (such as heater, chlorinator, winterizing method and others) and if you are planning to do it yourself. Certainly, doing the maintenance yourself could bring the cost down tremendously.
The DIY (do-it-yourself) approach is a choice for pool owners especially if they know or familiar with basic pool chemistry. As we have said, this is not rocket science. Other thing is: they must be willing to put more time on this activity.
Balancing the water chemistry of your pool water is the most delicate task. This could be done manageably using an inexpensive testing kit and proper chemicals that could be purchased online. All have instructions on their proper use.
Salt-water Pool Maintenance
Maintaining a good salt water pool is also not difficult to do. Operating a salt water pool has many benefits compared to other medium. For one, the water is kept soft which minimizes the formation of algae and calcium. Algae are bad for people’s health while calcium deposit is bad for the piping system and its accessories.
Salt water pool also requires minimum of maintenance and lower cost of operation. Although some pool owners believed that salt water pool is maintenance-free, there are also minimum cares required to maintain a stable swimming pool for the family.
Salt water pool should be tested weekly and monthly for its pH (should be at 7.2-7.6 level), alkalinity, calcium content, free-chlorine level (typically 1-3 ppm) and salt content. Water could be tested using test strips or with a drop test kit.
Visually inspect and clean the cell every 3 months for better performance. Also, keep the filter, pump and skimmer clean all the time. Smooth water flow will be impeded if these parts are full of debris. Once the water flow is decreased, there is a possibility for the chlorinator to stop producing chlorine.