Having a sizeable swimming pool in your backyard is a thrill. However, with every great pool comes the great responsibility of keeping the water crystal clear all year long. Neglect that pool for long enough and the water will turn hazy and no one will look forward to those long refreshing dips anymore.
Even though you might have to call in the experts every now and then, there’s still much you can do to keep the pool clean on your own. Here are the top tools and tricks you will need to keep your swimming pool clean the easy way and keep your cleaning costs in check.
Keep the Chemical Levels in Check
Chemical levels affect the pH levels in your pool. This also is a factor whether germs and algae will thrive in the pool or not. The pH level will also affect the effectiveness of chlorine in sanitising your water. Your pool should have a pH of 7.2 to 7.6 while the chlorine levels should be between 1.0 and 3.0 ppm (parts-per-million).
If the pH is too low, use sodium carbonate to increase it. You can use muriatic acid and sodium bisulphate when you want to bring the pH down.
Also check the weather and climate in your area. In Perth, swimming pools can be subject to dry summers and heavy rainfall, so make sure to check your water’s pH levels during those rainy days.
Use Algaecide and Shock Treatments Weekly
Proper pH and chlorine levels might not be enough to keep your pool clear of bio-film. Using a shock treatment weekly will kill off residue bacteria and an algaecide will kill off that algae before it turns your water green or cloudy.
Skim More Often
Skimming the pool will get rid of insects, leaves and other solid debris. There aren’t any chemicals that can remove these for you. Such debris, if left in your pool, will sink to the bottom, decompose, and make the pool cloudy.
Keeping your pool water crystal clear is a gradual process. You will have to come up with a meticulous schedule that keeps all the bacteria and algae at bay and keep a swimming pool that’s always ready for a relaxing dip and swim.