Top 11 Tips on swimming pool maintenance
The very phrase “swimming pool maintenance” may sound a hard task but if done correctly, keeping in mind a lot of other things, will help one in getting away from committing some dreadful mistakes and wasting hell lot of money.
- The pool chemistry needs to be checked 2-3 times every week during summer time and at least once every week in winter.
- Weekly cleaning out of the skimmer basket(s), or as needed depending on the conditions.
- The pump’s lint and hair pot needs to be cleaned every alternate week. The pump should be turned off during this process.
- The water level needs to be checked monitored at least once every month and if needed, can be adjusted.
- The Inline Chlorinator/ Deck-Chlor should be checked at least once every week. While checking the chlorine readings, the flow needs to be checked as well. One should make sure that the chlorine tablets are in the Inline Unit or Deck Chlor and can be adjusted if necessary so as to make sure adequate chlorine levels are maintained.
- One should make sure that the ozone unit’s light is on, if they have one. One needs to be extra careful at the time of cracking the valve of the pump, as these are fragile. The flow-meter needs to be checked often to make sure that the adjustment is within range.
- The filters need to be cleaned every few months. One is recommended to clean them at an interval of 4-6 months. It is of the same frequency as that of returning from the office of a dentist or changing the air-filters. The dirty filters need to be soaked in 10% solution of TSP or muriatic acid. During this whole process, a rubber trash-can should be used, with adequate eye protection and gloves. The acid needs to be added to the water and not vice versa. One should be rinsing it until it is clean and then be left to dry.
- At the time of monitoring the pool, one should take a note of whether the returns are very weak, the in-floor cleaning system is working well and whether the water clarity is not looking good. If all such conditions exist, then it is high time for the filters to be cleaned.
- The tile line needs to be wiped on a weekly basis. It helps in reducing the build-up.
- The blades of the salt water chlorine generator need to be checked and cleaned every alternate month.
- The chemicals should be kept away from direct sunlight, with the ideal place being a cool, dry one. Acid and chlorine should not be stored side-by-side.