While owning a pool in your backyard is great for entertainment, exercise, parties, and cooling down, maintaining it is another story. There are many components that must be kept clean and functional in order for a swimming pool to be safe to use. However, if it is your first time owning one, it may be difficult to know where to start. With this beginner’s guide to maintenance for a pool, we will examine four different components of a pool, why they’re important, and how to maintain them.
Pump and Filter System
It is important to maintain the filtration system to ensure that the water in your pool doesn’t become stagnant and full of debris. The pump works hard pulling water through the filter to remove any leaves or other contaminants. Depending on the pool, the number of these filters and their type can vary. For example, some systems may have one or two filters, while some may have a cartridge filter or sand filter. Although the methods you use to clean them may differ, keeping pool filters clean is essential to prevent clogging and slow water circulation.
Other features of your filtration system include the drains, which suck in debris that sink to the bottom of the pool. There may be two to three main drains, and during maintenance, you should collect any large debris like sticks that have gotten stuck. Another feature of your circulation is the pool heater, which helps warm water as it flows through your pump system. Cleaning a pool also means making sure the heating system is in optimal condition.
Chemical Treatment Systems
Maintenance for a pool also includes balancing the PH with chemicals and testing it regularly. This task is vital for sanitizing the pool, as, without it, algae and bacteria can cultivate in the water. The preferred PH is between 7.4 and 7.6, and measuring the amount of chemicals you pour in is important to maintaining this level. In some cases, you may need to shock the pool with a large amount of chlorine. Regardless, having a PH testing kit on hand will help you determine if a pool is safe for swimming.
The Interior Liner
Some pools have a vinyl liner, while others have solid walls. Though the manner of cleaning them differs, it is still an important aspect of maintenance for a pool. Routine cleaning of the interior liner will increase its longevity. Depending on the type of liner, a pool may not need to be drained to clean the liner. Purchasing a robotic pool cleaner or vacuum, along with cleaning solutions to remove stains, is another great way to keep your liner in excellent shape.
A pool cover is essential when winterizing a pool. Once a cover is installed, it will prevent:
- Exposure to the cold weather.
- Chemical loss due to evaporation.
- Contaminants like dirt and leaves from falling inside.
Cleaning your pool cover is incredibly easy. All you need to do is scrub it with a safe cleaning solution and then rinse it off with water.