There she is, your brand new, in-ground pool, and it’s a beauty. Plenty of room for everyone, with a diving board and water slide. It’ll keep the family busy all through the summer. But with the joy and pride that comes with an in-ground pool, comes a lot of responsibility and time, and to a limited degree, expense. Proper pool cleaning requires attention, responsibility and diligence. Here are some essential tips for keeping your pool clean!
Check the Chemical Content
At least twice a week, take a sample of the pool water and test it to determine the pH levels of the water as well as the chlorine content. pH is a measure of how acidic or basic the water is. Related to the pH, the alkalinity level of the water is an indicator of carbonates, bicarbonates, hydroxides, and other various alkaline matter, that appears in the pool water. The introduction of any kind of substance, such as sun tan oil on a swimmer’s skin, a five-gallon container of liquid chlorine, and even plastic toys in the water, can alter the water’s chemistry. Check the algae content of the water, as too much chlorine, can cause a stinging sensation, and too little can promote the growth of algae, which can tint, then darken the water.
The Skimmer Basket
The simple process of keeping your skimmer basket empty facilities the collection of small particles and debris. It’s better that the particles are in the basket, instead of a swimmer’s mouth or hair. A full basket can not collect debris, therefore the particles remain in the water. The water level in the skimmer basket assembly serves also as a measurement of the water level in the pool. As the level of water in the skimmer drops, so does it, in the pool. When you empty the skimmer basket, make note of the water level. Water levels do drop minutely, due to evaporation, but significant drops in water levels may be an indicator of a leak.
Vacuuming and Filtering
Vacuuming is the best action towards thwarting accumulation of debris on the floor of the pool. Neglect your vacuuming duties, and you’ll see the debris pile up, as well as getting visibly dirty, and slimy walls. Much like vacuuming the carpet, once it’s done, your chores are over, you can hop in, cool off, and enjoy the rest of the afternoon, without a worry! The pool filter should be checked once a month, to ensure that all particles passing through are being captured. A dirty filter lets debris pass right on through, and your efforts vacuuming will be in vain.