If you have a swimming pool in your backyard, you know that it is important to maintain it correctly. If you don’t then not only will the pool start to look uninviting to use but there is a risk of the water causing harm to those swimming in.
Of course you could arrange to have someone come in and maintain it for you, but it could cost you a lot of money, especially on the long run. However there are many of good quality pool maintenance kits available that will allow you to do this yourself and save you quite a bit of money.
In order to help you maintain your swimming pool properly we offer some guidelines below you may find useful. But it is important to remember that you may need to make some alterations to these based on where you live and the kind of climate that you enjoy.
It is important that each day even through the winter months that you run the water pump on your pool for around four hours to circulate the water in the pool. Then as the temperatures begin to rise so you should be running the pump on your pool for longer as this will help to prevent the water from becoming stagnant. If the water is allowed to become stagnant then there is a huge risk of bacteria and mosquitoes building up in it. In the summer you should be aiming to run the water pump on your swimming pool for between 6 and 8 hours each day.
The reason for you running the pump each day will mean that the water will continue to circulate through the filtration system so that it is completely sanitized. Plus also when running your water pump check it over thoroughly to ensure that is working properly. If you notice any slight change in the sound of the pump or water isn’t being expelled through the jets in the pool as well then have it serviced.
Another important thing to do and which is where pool maintenance kits come in to their own is that you must test the water in your pool regularly. These maintenance kits come with either strips of paper that you dip into the water in your pool to see if the chemical balance is correct or you place some of the water in a small vial to which you then add a tablet. Should you find that the chemical balance isn’t right then of course you will need to add the necessary chemicals to bring it back to these levels.
For those of you whose swimming pools are fitted with sand or DE filters then you need to make sure that you regularly monitor the pressure on the gauge for the filter. Should it begin to rise to eight or ten pounds above normal operating pressure then you need to backwash it immediately.
The last thing you need to do on a regular basis throughout the summer months using your pool maintenance kits is to brush the sides and bottom of your pool. This will help to loosen any dirt that may have become attached to the sides and bottom and can lead to bacteria forming in the water.