Pool Maintenance Made Easy
When it comes to devising plans and procedures for just about anything worth doing, in our heart of hearts, we all appreciate the “Keep It Simple, Stupid! (KISS)” method. And, pool owners are no different. This is a good approach when you’re thinking about the best way to keep your pool sparkling. With a few simple steps, and some help from the experts, you’ll spend more time enjoying fun in the sun!
So, what are some of the simplest tips? Well, first, pay attention to the seemingly little things, like using a pool cover. After all, the importance of keeping debris out of the pool to start with is sort of a no-brainer. What is not allowed to fall in won’t have to be scooped or filtered out, which saves time!
Use the skimmer as often as possible but daily at the very least. And, kids can be taught to take turns. Make a contest out of it, and let them see who can collect the biggest pile of debris in five minutes flat!
Your filter or pump strainer basket is another important tool in trapping waste. So, pay attention to it and keep it clear. The filter itself should be attended to as per the manufacturer’s suggested guidelines.
Vigorously brush the pool steps, bottom and sides weekly to thwart the growth of algae and always follow up with a thorough vacuuming. A little prevention goes a long way to keeping your pool sparkling instead of green.
It may be necessary to carry out a monthly backwash procedure as well. This is done just to clean out your pool’s system of pipes.
Listen to the Professionals
When it comes to cleaning, in general, you can be sure that a number of tips and tricks have been developed by people more clever and industrious than we mere mortals. Pool cleaning is no different.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the CDC, offers a site that is chock-full of information for residential pool and spa owners. Just visit their site to find answers to common questions on topics ranging from disinfection and testing to cleaning and remediation to animals and pools.
Resources from the CDC and your local pool professional are good resources for troubleshooting things like chemical levels and determining what the proper levels should be. The CDC’s website or your pool professional can help you learn more about water-testing equipment, disinfectants and disinfection procedures, filters, pool water hardness and alkalinity, liquid chemical feeders and many other pool related topics.
Print and Post
The CDC also provides free, downloadable posters and step-by-step, printable tables and checklists covering safe and effective use of pool chemicals, proper chemical storage and swimmer hygiene. It might be a great idea to post a list of suggestions for all pool users to help keep germs out of the water and everyone healthy.
All in all, remember that a little regular maintenance, no matter how small the task, will make a big difference in the long run. And, you can be sure that whatever project you undertake, there is someone somewhere who has figured it out. So ask! And what could be simpler than that?