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How to Take Care of Your Pool

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As any pool owner knows, keeping up with the maintenance is hard work. If you do not yet own a pool, you should definitely take into consideration the amount of responsibility that comes with owning a pool, along with the added costs. For some people, the costs of maintenance on top of the initial cost of the pool is just too much, and I can’t say I blame them.

If you do decide to get a pool, you’ll have totally different summers, and make memories for years to come. But in order for that to happen, it is crucial that you know how to take care of your pool. First, I will list everything you will need for your pool maintenance, and then I’ll go over the maintenance process for both in season and off season.

Materials

  • pH testing strips
  • Chlorine testing strips
  • Alkalinity test strips
  • Pool net
  • Pool brush
  • Chemical adjustors
  • Chemical shock
  • Pool cleaner
  • Sanitizers

In Season

  • 2 times per week, check your pool’s pH levels. The optimum pH is 7.5, but anywhere between 7.4 and 7.6 is okay. The optimum chlorine levels are 1.0 to 3.0 ppm. Also test the alkalinity and hardness of your pool.
  • Thoroughly clean your pool weekly. It is important to clean your pool at least once a week to eliminate dirt, debris, and other contaminants. A pool full of debris isn’t nearly as fun to swim in, and it can be damaging to your pool.
  • Weekly, add large amounts of chlorine to your pool to “shock” the water and kill algae. After shocking the water, do not swim in the pool for at least 24 hours, high levels of chlorine are extremely dangerous. This only has to be done once a week or maybe once every 10 days. It isn’t something you should be doing every day, or even every other day because then you’d never be able to actually swim in your pool.

Off Season

  • If you are a new pool owner, purchase a sturdy pool cover. If you live in a place with harsh winters, you’ll want an extremely durable one that will be able to withstand those harsh winters.
  • Put the cover on your pool. It should fit tightly and feel secure around your pool.
  • If you are a veteran pool owner, at the beginning of the off season, inspect your pool cover for cracks or damage before you cover your pool. A damaged pool cover is pretty much useless and will only get more damaged over time, so make sure you get it fixed if you find it is broken.
  • Lower the water level of your pool during the off season.
  • Test the water’s chemical levels and adjust to optimal levels.
  • Drain all the water from your pool’s pump and filter. By doing this, you will avoid damage during harsh winter months where the water in the filter would otherwise freeze and damage the filter or pump.
  • Lubricate all the o-rings, valves, and plugs. Trust me, I know it might sound weird but you’ll thank me when spring rolls around. If you lubricate the o-rings, valves, and plugs, it will be a lot easier to open later on. I had to learn this lesson the hard way.
  • Blow out the lines and plug them with expansion plugs. This will helps to keep your lines from getting damaged during winter. Some people choose to skip this step, but I highly recommend it since it can really save you a lot of money in the long run.

As much as I’d like to say that’s it, that’s not. There’s so much you need to know about taking care of your pool, like what cleaner to buy. A great source for that sort of information is MrCleaning.net, specifically, their article on automatic pool cleaners.

Mr. Cleaning is not limited to pool cleaning though. You can find great information on all types of cleaning topics. From computer screens, to wine stains, they cover it all. I have loved it since I found it and just had to share it with yall.