It’s great to have a pool, as it offers an exciting way to get some exercise, brightens up your backyard, and provides a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life. But your pool is likely a significant investment and requires maintenance to offer service to you and your family for years to come. Luckily, pool care is what we’re best at. And in this post, we’ll float you some of the best advice based on our years of experience.
Knowing Your Pool: Care Starts With Knowledge
You’re in the best position to take care of your pool if you know how some basic components work. Firstly, we’ve got the most visible parts of the pool: the water inside it and the interior surfaces it contacts. Then, we’ve got the pump and filtration system. The pump and filtration system are like the heart, liver, and kidneys of your pool. The pump keeps the water circulating, so it doesn’t get murky and dirty, as standing water tends to. The filtration system, just like the liver and kidneys, filter and clean the water so that your pool stays fresh for your enjoyment.
Of course, every pool is different, and your pool might have differences in components or design. However, if you’re aware of how the four elements mentioned above work, you’re well on your way to becoming a pool care expert.
Pool Care: Top Tips
It’s essential to keep your pool water clean, fresh, and circulating. Water that’s moving is much safer and less likely to attract algae or become cloudy. The freshness of your water is determined by balancing its pH levels and chlorine/bromine content. This makes sure it’s not too acidic or alkaline. Finally, cleaning your water is a combination of manual work and your filtration system working correctly.
But don’t be intimidated! All you need to clean your pool is a skimmer, a pool vacuum, and a pool brush.
Here are some top tips in schedule format to keep an eye on how your pool’s doing.
- Run your pool pump as long as possible to make sure your water is circulating. Running it 24/7 would be ideal, but depending on your electricity consumption budget and equipment, it might not be feasible. So try to run your pump at least 8-12 hours a day. You can use a pool pump timer to help automate the process.
- Every week, skim your pool to remove any foreign debris, such as leaves that may have fallen in. Brush the interior walls with a pool brush and vacuum using a pool vacuum.
- Every couple of weeks, test your pool water using a water testing kit. Don’t just pile the chemicals and cleaners into your pool. You’ve got to know what’s inside your water to act on it effectively. So, a pH of 7.4-7.6 is ideal.
- Bonus tip: Put a few tennis balls into your pool skimmer to absorb oily substances that float to the surface, such as sunscreen or lotion.
As always, your local professional pool company will be able to offer you additional tips on maintenance based on your individual pool’s characteristics, as well as your equipment.
We hope this post has given you a good overview of what to expect when cleaning your pool. Proper care and maintenance of your pool are essential for safe, healthy enjoyment. Also, it’s a good idea to contact a professional and ask for advice on how to keep your pool clean.
At Town and Country Pools of Texas, we specialize in everything pool-related. With our vast experience of over forty years, we’ll ensure that your outdoor living experience is always top-notch. We care deeply about keeping your pool working and pride ourselves on our customers’ satisfaction. Give us a call at (281) 252-6337, and we’d love to speak to you.