How to Keep Your Pool Clean and Safe

How to Keep Your Pool Clean and Safe

Having a pool at home is a luxury that comes with responsibility. Keeping your pool clean and safe is essential for the health and enjoyment of your family and guests. Here are some tips to help you maintain your pool.

Regular Cleaning

Skim Debris and Clean out Baskets: Skim your pool’s surface by hand every few days to remove leaves and other debris. Also, clean the strainer baskets at least once a week to improve circulation and lower chlorine demands.

Brush Walls and Tile, then Vacuum: Brush the walls and tile to minimize algae buildup and calcium deposits. Vacuum the pool weekly to keep the water clear and reduce the amount of chemicals you need to add.

Chemical Levels

Maintaining the correct chemical levels in your pool is crucial. Test the water at least once a week. The six chemical levels to keep in check are:

  1. Cyanuric Acid: Protects chlorine from sunlight and determines the required Free Chlorine level.
  2. Free Chlorine: A sanitizer which keeps your pool water safe and free of germs.
  3. pH Level: Determines how acidic or basic the water is.
  4. Total Alkalinity: Helps keep the pH in balance.
  5. Calcium Hardness: Prevents plaster damage.
  6. Total Dissolved Solids: A collection of dissolved metals, minerals, and organic matter.

Pool Shock

“Shocking” your pool is a method to keep the water clean. It involves raising the chlorine levels for a short period to kill bacteria. It’s recommended to shock your pool once a week, and more often if it’s used heavily.

Professional Inspection

Consider a professional pool inspection annually. They can spot problems early, which can save you money in the long run.

Safety Measures

Ensure safety measures are in place. Install pool barriers, covers, and alarms as an added layer of protection, especially for children and pets.

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