Just because it’s the fall, it doesn’t mean that you should neglect your swimming pool. Indeed, your swimming pool must be maintained, and cleaned, year round. When it comes down to it, your pool can become a big expensive headache if you don’t take the basic measures to maintain it. Even minor things like algae in the filter can turn into a big problem down the line. Not to mention, you have keep leaves out of the pool and you have to make sure the water has the perfect pH balance. When it comes to owning or renting a home with a pool, taking preventative measures is critical. Here are five general maintenance and cleaning tips for your swimming pool.
- Make sure to measure the chemical balance of your pool three to four times a week during the peak season. The peak season is usually between the months of April and August. If your pool gets a lot of action, you want to check the pool every day – if you can. The reason for this is that you don’t want chlorine levels to be too low or high. If chlorine levels are too low, your pool could be at risk for bacteria infestations.
- Rake and remove leaves around the pool during the fall and winter. If the leaves around your pool are building up, you can avoid having to spend all the time fishing them out of the pool by cleaning them up before hand. When it comes down to it, you also want to spend some time fishing the leaves that have already fallen in the pool. What can happen is that leaves can build up and can enter the filtration system, which could cause significant damages. If you want to avoid paying a fortune in repair costs, take this simple step.
- Change the filter every couple of months. Your pool’s filter probably needs to be cleaned every couple of months. Many filters can be cleaned using an acid solution. If you have a pool from Royal Swimming Pools, they may have their own advice when it comes to cleaning the filters, but it should be a regular occurrence. In some cases, you may be able to find a pool filter that can be easily replaced, which takes the pressure to clean the filter off your back.
- Make sure that you keep chlorine and other pool chemicals out of the sunlight. Sunlight can not only damage the chemicals, but it can also change the chemical make up of the chemicals. For instance, chlorine can either get more caustic if it sits in the sun, or it can become neutral. Both can be bad in different ways. So, make sure that you keep the pool chemicals in a shed or out of the sunlight.
- Apply caulk where necessary. Overtime, the caulking around your pool can become dry and damaged, which can cause water leaks and further damage. So, you want to make sure to apply new caulk where there may be cracks showing through. This will increase the life of your pool and your deck - and it will also make your pool area look more aesthetically pleasing.