If you are lucky enough to own a pool, below are some simple swimming pool maintenance tips to keep your pool clean, refreshing and inviting. The secret is to keep at it, so that major maintenance by a specialist is not required, which will in turn save you a lot of money.
1. Skim and Scrub
It may take a little time, but skimming leaves and debris off the top of the water should be done on a daily basis. Scrubbing the sides of the pool with a scrubbing brush will also help to prevent a build up of algae. However, this only needs to be carried out once a week. If your pool has particularly stubborn spots, an old sock filled with chlorine, which will eat away at the algae, can be placed on top of the stubborn spot and left for a couple of hours before cleaning.
2. Look After The Filter
The filters in your pool act just like the kidneys in your body. They remove all impurities from the water such as leaves, dirt and small toys. Remove the filter caps and clean out the baskets once per week.
It is also recommended to clean out the pipes of the filter system on a monthly basis to avoid blockages.
3. Use Baking Soda
It cannot be denied that swimming pool chemicals can be on the expensive side. Therefore, why not try using baking soda. This will control the alkalinity of your swimming pool without reducing pH levels. Sodium bicarbonate, which is typically used to clean swimming pools, has exactly the same concentration levels as baking soda, so there are no mathematical conversions to work out, the amount you add to the water is exactly the same.
4. Absorb Water With A Tennis Ball
Tennis balls have other uses in a swimming pool apart from playing catch. As part of your swimming pool maintenance why not try throwing a tennis ball into the pool for cleaning purposes. Believe it or not, the fibers that are used to make tennis balls soak up oils in the water such as suntan lotion, hair products, natural oils etc.
5. Prevent Pool Damage During Winter
Just as it is important to care for your swimming pool during the summer months, it is as important to ensure that it is correctly secured for the winter. The last thing you want to discover when you pull back the pool cover at the start of summer is that your pool is full of dangerous bacteria. Therefore, before closing up your pool for the winter, it is advised to ensure that all of your chemical balances are correct and that a good quality swimming pool cover to protect it to the highest ability is securely placed.