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Summer Pool Maintenance Tips – Forbes Advisor

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For many, cooling off in the pool is at the top of their to-do list this summer. If you’re lucky enough to own a swimming pool, keeping it in pristine condition can seem like a daunting task.

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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just jump in and enjoy? All types of swimming pools are big investments that require regular maintenance in order to stay in service.

Neglecting to keep up with your pool maintenance can cost you thousands of dollars in damages and ultimately make your pool unsafe for swimming. We spoke with a few pool pros to bring you five long-lasting pro tips to keep you happy and keep your pool looking good. under control all summer.

1. Vacuum your pool for dirt and debris

It may seem obvious, but simply taking the time to clean your pool will go a long way. From a sanitary point of view, keeping the surface of your swimming pool clean prevents you from contracting an infection. Indoor carpet and hardwood vacuums work very similarly to pool vacuums. Vacuuming your pool can easily and quickly remove debris and algae, the same way you clean the inside of your home.

The professionals at Leslie’s Pool recommend cleaning your pool thoroughly at least once a week. In addition to vacuuming, they say you should brush the walls, steps, and floors of your pool to remove dirt and debris, and skim the surface of the water and the bottom of the pool to remove debris. leaves and other objects.

2. Maintain water levels

According to Matthew Paxton, founder of Hypernia and owner of the pool, many people can overlook the importance of maintaining water levels in their pool. “Letting the water level in your pool rise or fall can actually upset the chemical balance of the water,” says Paxton. If your water is not maintained at the proper level, it could also make your skimmers and filters more difficult to keep your pool clean.

3. Clean your pool filter

According to Hal Denbar, co-founder of National Pool Partners, cleaning your pool filter is one-third of the equation (which includes circulation, filtration and chemistry) of a perfect pool. How often you clean your pool filter depends on how often you use it.

Ryan Smith, a home cleaning expert at Ant & Garden Pest Control, says there are indicators to watch for that will tell you it’s time to clean your filter. Some warning signs include abnormal pool odor, clogged drain and ineffective pipe cleaner. If your pool has a cartridge filter, depending on its size, you will need to clean it from as often as monthly to as infrequently as every four to six months.

If your pool has a DE (diatomaceous earth) filter, it should be completely disassembled and cleaned every three to six months. Backwashing, the task of reversing the flow of water through your filter, should also occur monthly to partially clean the filter between full seasonal maintenance. This particular action dislodges debris that may have been trapped inside the filter and safely flushes it out.

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If you have a sand filter, Denbar says the start of a pool season is the perfect time to refresh the sand. Sand generally needs to be replaced every three to five years or when water quality begins to deteriorate. Like DE filters, sand filters should also be backwashed at least once a month to partially clear the filter of debris.

4. Keep an eye on water chemistry

According to Rick Black, product manager for Latham Pool, owners should make it a priority to maintain good water chemistry. He says poor water chemistry, or corrosive water, can harm pool surfaces, pool equipment, pool decks and bathers. Black suggests that you have your pool water tested every two weeks by a local pool professional. Recommendations should be taken seriously and adjustments should be made in accordance with instructions given by the hired professional.

Lisa Cook, founder of LC Pool Design and Consultation, says if you have a concrete pool surface, think twice about using saline solution. Saline pools are less stable and algae buildup is common, meaning you’ll still need to “shock” the pool from time to time with a combination of acid and chlorine.

5. Watch the chlorine

Michael Dean, co-founder of Pool Research, has over 25 years of experience in the pool industry, designing and building custom pools from start to finish. According to Dean, the magic number is 3 parts per million (ppm) of chlorine in your pool. He says it’s perfectly fine to add extra pills after an event or if you’re going away for a few weeks. Once you’re in or near the pool, if a strong odor and itchy eyes don’t convince you of high chlorine levels, you can use a home test to be sure.

Contrary to popular belief, chlorine does not immediately kill germs. However, Cook says that no matter what type of chemical concentration you choose, you’ll still need chlorine. Even saltwater pools need chlorine. Chlorine is the most remarkable and reliable cleaning solution for swimming pools. It also won’t discolor your pool surface like salt water does, and chlorine won’t erode your plumbing.

6. Create a Pool Cleaning Schedule

It can be difficult to keep track of all the things you need to do to stay up to date with your pool maintenance. Since pools need regular maintenance, creating a schedule is an easy way to make sure it’s always done. Brian Smith, founder of Outside How, suggests making your pool part of your regular summer cleaning schedule. Being consistent with your cleaning can help you not only avoid infections, but also accidents.

Depending on how often you use your pool or where it is located, your pool may require daily cleaning. The degree of cleaning varies and can be as simple as removing dead leaves or debris from the day. Smith says, “Pick one day a week to vacuum and clean the tiles and clean the filter at least once a season.” Create a pool cleaning schedule, including all aspects of maintenance, add it to your to-do list, and enjoy your summer.

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