The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Pool Care

There’s nothing like a great swimming pool, but a great swimming pool also means a bunch of responsibilities. Your perception of the ultimate staycation destination can be fulfilled by a clean, beautiful, and healthy swimming pool. It takes a lot of work to invite the aesthetics you want in your swimming pool.

Cleaning a swimming pool is a lot different from cleaning your bathtub. Simple water, detergent, and your bathtub mop will not just do the trick. But don’t you worry because we have got you covered with our ultimate guide of pool care to keep your pool in shipshape. However, different pool types require different kinds of maintenance.

Today we will try to meet the demands for your traditional chlorine pool system.         

Key Components

A great pool comes with 4 vital factors that are like the brain, kidney, heart, and pentagram (Not a joke) of the whole swimming pool. These are:

  • Pool Water
  • Interior Walls
  • Skimmer
  • Filtration & Returns System     

To get these things running, you need to maintain three major guidelines:

Water Chemistry Balance: Weekly

The water system of a pool is undoubtedly the most crucial section. Having balanced chemicals and prioritizing the clarity of the water of your pool should be your vital focus. Be sure to make time to go through this part on a weekly basis or else it will be extra tedious for you if you do it too late. 

pH Level

Ah, so science class is finally having some effects, no?  Well, pH testing is extremely important for pools. Your swimming pool’s acidity needs to range from 7.4-7.6. This is a recommended range from specialists working in this field.

The pH level needs to be neutral, or high pH levels can cause skin damage as well as scaling on the surface and low levels can make your pool acidic.

Chlorine & Alkaline Level

If you want to stop corrosion on metals & etching on the sides of your pool, you should confirm that the chlorine level is between 1.0-3.0ppm. Also, the alkalinity should be from 100-150ppm. Not more, not less! Also, as a sanitizing element, chlorine works very effectively in swimming pools.     

Calcium Hardness          

Your pool water also needs a balanced calcium level. To stabilize your pH levels and save it from aggressive and corrosive soft water, the recommended calcium level of your pool is 200-400 ppm.   

Knowing a bit of science will really come in handy while you are working on the balancing of water chemistry. Do wear and use test strips on a weekly basis to run tests. Seeing the color swatch, you can find out about the chemistry levels.

You can also use a tool kit that comes with instructions. This will be easier and more convenient.      

Regular Maintenance

Apart from water cleaning and testing, you also need to clean the entire pool on a weekly basis as well.

Eliminate Leaves and Insects

Debris, insects, leaves, and the elements love a dip in swimming pools as well. You’ll always see something floating on the surface. But lucky for you, with a skimmer basket, you can easily remove and relocate those pesky leaves, bugs, and objects within only five minutes!  

Clean Floors and Brush Walls

It’s time for the walls and floors to shine! Take a brush and start cleaning your pool surface and areas. This won’t be like your average house-keeping days. You can use detergent or tile cleaners to clean away that algae and dirt.

A vacuum also cleaner comes in handy to remove filth from those little circular areas, which are the pivotal breeding grounds of algae.

If this work grosses you out, you can dig a bit into your pocket and invest in an automatic pool cleaner such as the Dolphin S200 Robotic Pool Cleaner. You can also make your nagging sister do the job, but whatever you do, just make sure your pool is clean!           

Algae Preventer

To prevent algae growth in your pool, using a preventer would be really useful. For the optimum performance of your pool, this is a necessary step to follow.  

Pool Shocks   

Well, you also need to shock your pool weekly, and by that, we don’t mean scuba diving in your pool while wearing your wedding suit!

It means you need to add chemical products such as chlorine to re-balance and clean your pool. Shocking your pools after heavy rainfall, pool parties, overwhelming algae presence, and odor presence is a must, too.          

Occasional Inspections

You’re new to taking care of swimming pools, and suddenly your crystal clear waterline is turning into murky green gooey yuckies; this probably would be your worst nightmare.

However, if you inspect your pool on a weekly basis, you’ll never face this issue.    

Check Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)

Your pool will start to naturally dissolve elements as it ages. This is called TDS. Checking the TDS levels of your pool helps you to clean it. It should be less than 1500ppm to be in good shape. You can keep the count with a digital test meter.      

Inspect Pool Structure 

Apart from all of the testing and cleaning, keeping an eye out for cracks or tear lines on pool walls is also important. If there’s a leak in the walls, the overall will take a huge toll on you. You may not see it immediately but will in the near future.

Keep your pool stairs clean and in shape as well.     

We hope this article will help answer questions you had about how to take care of a pool. You might face some difficulties at first, but you will get the hang of it. If you pay heed to our advice and continue the routine properly, your swimming pool is bound to be in tip-top shape.

Best of luck!

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