On a hot summer day, who wouldn’t want to submerge in a cool and refreshing pool? At the end of a long day, what better way to relax than to float? Enjoying all that requires some regular attention to pool equipment. The water in your pool is an ever-changing environment that calls for both attention and maintenance. For many, this means employing a professional service technician to come by once or twice a week. You can, on the other hand, take care of your pool yourself by following these steps.
Step 1 – The Pool Cover
Obviously, the first step to cleaning a pool is to remove your pool cover, if you have one. Two people make this easier by each grabbing a corner at the shallow end and dragging the cover off at the same time. As you pull, fold the cover on top of itself every five feet or so, like you would a fan, to keep any debris on it in place instead of slipping into your pool. Flatten the cover where it can dry completely and remove any debris from it before refolding and storing in a dry place.
Step 2 – Assemble Your Tools
After a winter of sitting stagnant, your pool’s water will require a thorough filtering and chemical analysis/adjustment while the walls, floor, and stairs will need to be scrubbed and vacuumed. Having everything on hand when you intend to start cleaning will save you time.
Aqua Broom Swimming Pool Vacuum keeps your pool free from dirt, leaves, sand, algae, and debris with the help of a Telescoping Pole. It can run for up to three hours on five D batteries and has its own internal vacuum system so you won’t need to connect it to your pool’s filtration system.
Have a large pool? The bigger-capacity Pool & Spa Vacuum has a high-flow pump that processes up to 60 gallons of water per minute and an extra-wide 10″ vacuum head that lets you cover large areas of your pool for faster cleaning. Attach it to a Telescoping Pole and tackle your biggest spaces or messes with ease.
TIP: Pay particular attention to corners, stairs and other hard-to-reach areas that typically get little water circulation.
Step 4 – Small Debris Removal
It’s likely your swimming pool water is slimy, dirty or cloudy right now, which is an indication that the pool chemicals are out of balance and aren’t properly killing algae or bacteria. Let the filter run for 24 hours as that allows the water on top to mix with that on the bottom so you’ll get more accurate water chemistry test results.
TIP: Point your jets slightly upward and to the left. This will help your water flow clockwise and not fight Mother Nature. You will achieve better circulation.
Take the guesswork out of swimming pool maintenance by using the ePool™ Water Chemistry Monitor. You will have no more tedious manual water testing and unhealthy chemical overuse because the ePool™ Water Chemistry Monitor lets you check the status of your pool from the comfort of your home. This wireless system accurately measures swimming pool water chemistry and advises you how to optimally maintain your pool or spa for maximum safety and comfort.
Knowing how to troubleshoot the chemical imbalance in your swimming pool can help keep you enjoying your swimming pool all season long.
Step 5 – Turn Up the Heat
While your filtration system works on cleaning up the pool water, you should also have it distributing the heat at the same time. And if you let the sun run the heater, you could save upwards of $100 per month!* Your pool’s pump circulates the water through the solar cells of an above-ground solar pool heater and the sun-heated water is then delivered back into your pool. For bigger pools or faster heating, you can link together two or more solar pool heaters.
Step 6 – Organize Toys & Supplies
Balls, floats, noodles, and vests can litter the area around a pool creating a hazardous obstacle course. Prevent injury by keeping all your pool toys and supplies contained in a mesh Pool Toy Storage Bin. Have a lot of inflatable floats? A Pool Float Organizer can help keep them clear of the water as well as more secure so they don’t blow away with the wind.
Step 7 – Schedule It
If you make maintenance a priority, you can keep your swimming pool clean and sanitized in just 15 minutes a week! By putting it on your calendar, you will be less likely to have large messes to clean up and instead have minimal “touch-up” work to do.
Now go enjoy your pool!
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*Based on the cost of heating a 6000-gallon pool by 4°F.