Swimming pools are fun buy they can require lots of maintenance, especially when they are left unused for long periods of time.
Here is how you can maintain your swimming pool to avoid it becoming dirty and unusable.
Daily clean – this doesn’t need to be a deep clean. It simply means, using a net to scoop out any leaves, grass or dirt that has made its way into the pool. Doing this each time after the pool is used will keep the water in good condition. Even if you don’t swim every day, removing your swimming pool of any dirt or objects that have fallen into the water will make it easier to maintain it.
Use pool chemicals – there is only so much cleaning that a pool net can do. Chemicals can do a great job removing any larger objects such as leaves in the pool. However, they do not remove dirt which is a lot harder to identify such as bacteria and parasites. These can go on to cause sickness and illness if not removed. You can add chlorine granules for swimming pools to the pool water and know that it is safe to use.
Pool rules – if you have children using the swimming pool, there is the chance that it will become unclean more quickly. Setting up some rules like, no entering the pool with muddy feet, no eating or drinking near the pool will help reduce the build-up of dirt in the pool and ensure it doesn’t become dirty too quickly.
Remove any hair and lint – regularly clean out the pool skimmer and hair plug. This basket serves as a filter that collects small particles that enter through the skimmer box. Usually this basket is located in front of the pool pump and can be cleaned out quite easily.
Check the filter – it’s not necessary to clean the filter of the pool very often, but if you use the pool very often, then you should make sure to inspect it regularly. For example, if you notice that there are any odors that arise from the water or that the drain is blocked, check to see if the filter is the problem.
Other things to look out for – when you are cleaning the pool take the opportunity to check for any signs that maintenance could be necessary. This could be cracks that are forming on the bottom or the sides of the pool. If any cracks appear directly under the tiles or floor surrounding the pool, try to fix it as soon as you can. But don’t worry, cracks in swimming pools are often not a sign of a leak. Consult a professional specialised in the maintenance of swimming pools or plastering to repair these areas.
If you are finding that the issue is reoccurring only months after having someone look at cracking in your pool, it might be time to rip it out and replace it. Having a new pool fitted can be an exciting process which allows you to reassess the tiling style and reconsider the shape or depth so it’s perfect for your needs. You’ll need to plan out what contractor to use for the job and you’ll likely want to hire a dumpster or skip to clear debris from tearing out a pool as it can get messy. Once those parts are in place however it’s a simple case of waiting for completion day so you can go for a swim again!