No matter if you have been maintaining your pool for years, or are new to the pool-owning community – tips on how to keep your pool clean are always helpful.
With spring upon us, most pool owners will be “releasing the hatch” and uncovering their pool for cleaning.
As such, here is a step-by-step guide on how you can do an efficient and effective cleaning, followed by the setup of your pool:
Remove your pool plugs from return lines and suction areas, ensuring your pump is filled and primed, and begin to fill your pool to your desired level. Then start your pump to ensure your water is flowing properly, also checking the pool for leaks or wet spots around your pool equipment, as this can also indicate a leak that might not be visibly otherwise. Water “pooling” within your pump could be an indicator that you have a seal leak in your pump, and this could quickly destroy your motor before you have even had a chance to start your summer laps.
Testing your chemical levels is an important next step. Your chlorine will likely be at 0 ppm, but your pH and alkalinity levels, as well as your hardness, will vary.
Here is how your levels should read:
- Chlorine at 1.0 – 3.0 ppm
- pH between 7.2 and 7.6
- Alkalinity between 80-120 ppm
- Calcium hardness between 150-225 ppm
Adjusting your chemicals to the correct levels should only be done while your pool is running, and only add chemicals to water, not water to chemicals.
Ensure you re-test your chemical levels throughout the season. Whether you choose to use test strips, or take your samples to a local pool professional – keeping your pool at the right chemical makeup will ensure the skin safety of swimmers, and the life of your pool water.
Last but not least, be sure to vacuum and skim your pool regularly, as anything floating within your pool could begin to generate concerns.
At Life Saver Pool Covers Inc. we are always here to help answer any questions you might have, and assist you in creating a safe space for you and your family to swim!