Having a pool can be a wonderful experience. It’s the perfect staple for a fun and lively summer out in the sun and fresh air; it tires out even the most rambunctious of children, and a quick swim can provide hours of calm for adults. This being said, if you’re not on top of your pool maintenance, it might not feel so lovely having a pool. The following will explore a few things you can do to help keep your pool clean and stainless.
Trim The Trees
If there are trees that are close enough to your pool to drop leaves in the water or are close enough that broken branches might land in the pool during a storm, taking half an hour to trim your trees can drastically reduce the amount of cleaning your pools requires. Not only will this protect your pool from damage during storms, but it will also reduce the number of leaves that need to be fished out of the water.
Make sure you take a second to research the type of tree and whether or not it has any pruning specifications. Some species of tree are more prone to infection than others.
Stains on the bottom of your pool or on the walls can make it seem like your pool is always dirty, even when it isn’t. Take the time to figure out pool stain removal (without draining). To do this, you’re likely going to have to determine the cause of the stain and look up what can safely remove that sort of stain. You also want to be extremely careful when using abrasive or rough tools or chemicals, as you don’t want to risk damaging the lining of your pool.
Yes, a few leaves in your pool aren’t too much cause for worry, but if too much settles in the water for too long, it will begin to rot and smell nasty. When you notice debris, fish it out using a pool net. If debris is removed early on, a lot of other cleanliness problems can be avoided.
Follow Filter Manufacturer’s Instructions
Your pool filter works hard. You know that bacteria and other things happily grow within standing water, and this means your filter is a big part of whether or not your pool stays clean on the microscopic level. Take the time to read the instructions that came with your filter from the manufacturer and follow them carefully.
If your filter requires a change of cartridge, do not put this off; just because you can’t see something doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Likewise, be sure to regularly check the pressure and pump operation of your filter.
Find The Right Cleaning Elements
Your skin absorbs water and its contaminants easily. This means it’s not only important to make sure that your pool is clean of things like dead bugs, debris, and rotting organic matter; it means it’s also vital that you understand what chemicals you’re putting into the water and whether or not they’re toxic or harmful for your body. Typically, saltwater options are the best route for avoiding toxicity.
The chlorine levels in tap water/b> are great enough to increase cancer risk, and there is far less chlorine there than in your pool. Don’t think you need to deal with chlorine and other harmful chemicals seeping into your skin every time you take a swim; there are lots of non-toxic options on the market today, including oxygen cleaning and copper cleaning. Do a little research; there will be something that fits within your budget.
Sweep The Pool Deck Or Surrounding Area
If you take the time to sweep up the space around your pool, there’s going to be far less grass, twigs, and bugs that make it into the water. A weekly sweep of the surrounding area should be more than enough to reduce an onslaught of debris.
Check The Perimeter
On a regular basis, you’re also going to want to walk around the perimeter and clean beneath the top rail. This will prevent insects and small animals from nesting in those spaces, which can really help keep your pool clean and tidy. As well, some insects are burrowing by nature, and this means they’re also putting your pool’s structural integrity at risk. Besides, it’s far easier to deal with two hornets than it is to deal with a nest of them. Early intervention can save you a ton of headaches in this regard.
The above list should have given you an idea of how you can keep your pool clean. Covering your pool when it’s not in use can also help keep things clean and tidy.