It’s easy to get into quick and ready routines when it comes to pool care, but what if your pool cleaning routine is missing something? We’ve created a quick list of valuable, but easily forgotten, pool care tasks and tips so that you can make sure you’re keeping your pool in tip-top shape.
- Proper balance – How often you should test and balance your pool can vary based on how often you use it and a number of other variables, but it’s important to remember that, for chlorine and pH, you should usually test your pool two to three times a week. That may sound like a lot, but water balance is vital for your pool’s health and the health of the people who swim in it. When your pool is out of balance, your sanitizers can be less effective, the water can cause irritation to the skin and eyes, and if the water gets imbalanced enough, it can even damage the pool’s surfaces, structure, or equipment.
- Reading product labels – You may be very familiar with the pool products you’re using, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find important instruction and information from their respective product labels. Labels on pool products provide important instructions regarding proper, and safe, storage, handling, use and more. The labels may not be the most exciting read, but they provide all the appropriate information you need.
- Circulate and filter the water – Maybe you’re trying to save electricity. Maybe you’re unaware of how long your pool filter should run. No matter the reason, running your pool’s filter system for the appropriate amount of time is key to cleaning and clarifying your pool water. During pool season, it’s recommended you run your filter 24 hours a day. At a minimum, run it for at least eight to 12 hours a day, and always after adding product.
- Shock it up! – Shocking your pool destroys water contaminants and raises the level of free chlorine in your pool. By maintaining the required level of free chlorine, your pool will be better able to fight and destroy unwanted contaminants like algae or bacteria. For more information on the importance of shocking, and how often you should do it, visit our blog post Clear Reasons to Shock Your Pool.
- Brush, brush, brush—Like it or not, algae and bacteria will always be the foes of pool cleanliness, and that’s still the case when it comes to brushing. Algae and bacteria can collect on the surface of your pool, which can contaminate the water and cause pool staining. If you do not brush the floors, walls, benches and steps of your pool at least once a week, algae and bacteria can ruin the pristine appearance of your backyard escape.
That’s it! We hope at least one of these quick pool care tips can be added to your spring routine. Happy swimming!