5 Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips that Keep it Clean
Keep your pool fresh with this awesome guide on how to get the most from your pool maintenance. Are you ready for summer?
Spring is here and Summer is on its way! Which means that it's time to get the pool ready.
You walk outside, pull back the cover and realize that the algae from the pond across the road migrated to your pool. Now you have a mess of green goo worthy of a call to the Ghostbusters.
How do you keep from turning your pool into your kid's next science project? Let's take a look.
- My Chemical Romance
There is no denying that chemicals are essential to pool maintenance. Especially if you don't want to wind up with an infection you can't cure.
It's so important to health that you keep your pool clean with the right chemicals that the CDC has a cheat sheet on how to treat your pool properly.
There are six chemical and measure you need to pay attention to: Cyanuric Acid, Free Chlorine, PH, Alkaline, Calcium.
You need to consistently test your water with a testing kit. After you test, you should always adjust. After adjustment, your water should be clear and scent free.
- Keep Alkaline Levels Low With Baking Soda
Baking soda is useful for a lot of things. Things like cleaning your teeth, de-stinking your fridge, and cleaning a car battery.
But what makes it particularly useful is the fact that it's a base. It neutralizes acids. And alkaline, just like in batteries, is an acid.
A lot of pool chemical companies will try to sell you expensive bicarbonate sodium solutions for your pool. And, while the levels in these might be spot on, guess what bicarbonate sodium basically is? Baking soda. And you can get the right levels of alkaline with pure baking soda.
- Run Your Heat Pump Pool Heater During The Warmest Part Of The Day
If you live in cooler climes, you might want to heat your pool to make it more enjoyable. A heat pump pool heater, or HPPH, uses the air surrounding your pool to heat the water.
So, you want the air around the pool to be warm for the best Coefficiency of Performance possible. This is the measure of energy output divided by energy input.
- Don't Evaporate Your Pool
One of the reasons your pool might be getting cloudy is the water level. As the water level decreases the concentrations of alkali and calcium increase. If you let it go too low, it will eventually just turn into a swampy mess. And who knows, you might have the creature from the black lagoon coming to live with you.
- Tennis Balls Aren't Just For Dogs
Humans are an oily mess. Especially if we don't shower. And that oily mess likes to swim in your pristine pool.
Your pool will get cloudy over time if you do not clean it. But if want to get the most mileage out of your pool chemicals, throw some tennis balls in for good measure.
The fibers on the tennis ball are absorbent enough to take on the oils you leave behind in the pool. Just make sure Lassie doesn't run off with your pool cleaning instruments.
These tips should help you keep your pool beautiful and pristine through the whole summer.
What are some unusual ways you keep your pool clean? Comment below.