Pool maintenance

5 weekly pool maintenance tips for the summer

A private backyard pool is a great way to enjoy family and friends this summer while beating the heat and getting some exercise. Keep your pool ready for fun with these five simple weekly maintenance tips. These small steps can make a big difference in keeping the pool in good shape and reducing the risk of closure for larger, more expensive repairs.

skim it

Regularly skimming your pool removes debris such as leaves and makes it a nicer place to relax. In addition, skimming increases water circulation and reduces the amount of chemicals in the water. Use a hand or leaf skimmer at least twice a week to keep it cleaner.

Vacuuming

Who knew you could vacuum a swimming pool? Using a pool vacuum removes hard-to-reach debris that may sink. You can do this with a manual vacuum or use an automated, self-contained vacuum that is set to work on a schedule. If you’re using a manual, be sure to run it weekly. Just like vacuuming a carpet, run the machine on an overlap and empty and clean the filter.

Check the filter

The filter’s job is to remove debris and keep the pool water clean and clear. Regularly check the filter to make sure it is not clogged. Clean it to make sure your water doesn’t get cloudy or dirty. Keeping it clean and checking it can also ensure that the filter pressure is working effectively.

Keep chemicals balanced

Proper pH levels are essential for pool health and swimmer safety. Too much chlorine and other chemicals can sting eyes and skin and corrode pumps, ladders and handrails. With insufficient chlorine levels, you risk having algae, germs and bacteria. The ideal pH balance is 7.4. Use pH test kits and strips to monitor levels closely, monitoring at least twice a week, if not daily. Balance and adjust chemicals as needed or follow our regular care and maintenance schedule.

Check water levels

Water evaporates in the heat and Central Tennessee summers are very hot! If the water level in your pool is not maintained automatically, check it regularly. Remember that if the water level drops too much, the filters cannot work properly. Simply fill with the garden hose to the level needed and rebalance the chemicals.

Although maintaining your swimming pool might not seem like a lot of hassle or time consuming, it can still be more than you want to do. If you have any questions, need chemicals or equipment, or want to make your job even easier by leaving it to us, contact Peek Pools at 615-866-8800.

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