Who doesn’t love the blissful days of summer? Midsummer is the perfect time to take a dip in your backyard pool and beat the scorching heat. But to maximize your fun and relaxation, it's important not to neglect swimming pool maintenance.
To ensure your swimming pool remains a sparkling oasis even when summer heat is at its height, we've compiled five practical pool maintenance tips. Let's jump right in and discover how a little upkeep can go a long way in helping you keep cool in your pool this season.
Skim, Skim, Skim
Who wants to share their pool with a wad of floating leaves and a clump of dead bugs? Skimming the surface of your pool regularly is essential to prevent debris buildup. A few minutes’ work with your pool skimmer each day will keep your pool looking pristine and ready for endless summer enjoyment.
Forbes recommends setting up a schedule to ensure you cover all the things you need to do in order to stay up to date with your pool maintenance.
Balance Water Chemistry
Maintaining the right water chemistry is key to preserving the crystal-clear beauty of your pool. Mid-summer heat and storms, lots of swimming and fluctuating water levels can throw off the chemical balance, so it's important to test and adjust your pool's pH and chlorine levels regularly.
“As a backyard pool owner, you should check the disinfectant (chlorine or bromine) level and pH at least twice per day (and more often when the pool is in heavy use) to make sure they are correct,” notes the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
A pH level between 7.4 and 7.6 is ideal for swimmers, while chlorine helps keep algae and bacteria at bay. Utilize a pool testing kit to assess the water's chemical composition and make any necessary adjustments to achieve that perfect harmony.
With balanced chemistry, your pool will not only look inviting, but also provide a safe and enjoyable swimming environment.
Show Your Filter Some Love
Behind the scenes, your pool's filtration system works tirelessly to keep the water clean and clear. Now that it’s been running for several weeks, mid-summer is a great time to show your filter some love.
Check the manufacturer's instructions for guidance on cleaning and backwashing your filter. If you have a cartridge filter, gently rinse it with a hose to remove any accumulated debris. For a sand or DE filter, backwashing will flush out the dirt trapped inside.
Remember, a clean filter promotes efficient circulation, ensuring that your pool water stays pristine and inviting.
Maintain Water Levels
Keep your water chemistry (and pool water temperature) from fluctuating wildly by making sure water remains at an appropriate level. Very high or low water levels also could put added stress on your water skimmers and filters.
Use a Pool Cover
If you use a cover, make sure to remove any standing water and debris regularly. This prevents them from infiltrating your pool when you remove the cover. Additionally, a clean cover will last longer and continue to shield your pool effectively. So, give your pool cover some attention: It's a small task that makes a big difference.
Maintaining a sparkling swimming pool in mid-summer doesn't have to steal hours from your swim time. Following a few simple pool maintenance tips helps ensure your pool remains a refreshing oasis for the whole family to enjoy.
Skim the surface, balance your pool chemistry, keep the filter clean, maintain water levels and don't forget about the pool cover.
With a little TLC, your pool will be the envy of the neighborhood, offering endless hours of aquatic bliss during the hottest months of the year.
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