Are you ready to make a big splash as you dive into summer this year? Hot summer days with friends and family are great when you’re a pool owner, but you must maintain and clean your pool in order to prevent risks from happening. It is important to pay more attention to proper pool maintenance during the summer season. Properly caring for your pool will decrease the likelihood of any damages or maintenance issues from occurring that could be costly to repair.

Don’t let the risks become a reality this summer. Familiarize yourself with these easy pool maintenance tips in order to provide a fun, safe and beautiful pool environment all season long.

Skimming & Scrubbing

It’s easy to clean leaves and debris off of the surface of the water, but in order to maintain cleanliness skimming should be performed once a day. Also, make sure to scrub the sides of the pool once a week to avoid algae from building up.

Clean Filter, Clean Pool

A pool’s filter cannot perform optimally if debris isn’t removed from the filter basket. This should be done once a week. Make sure to turn off the filter before removing any waste from the basket. This should be the only time that you turn the filter off because you can destroy the filter’s mechanics from powering it on and off too frequently. Set the timer on the filter to run six hours a day to keep the pool water clean.

Chemical Levels

No one enjoys smelling chlorine on their bodies hours after coming out of the pool. This often happens when the chemicals in the pool water are improperly balanced, which can be harmful to skin and eyes. Also, it can cause bacteria to breed on the water. Learning about a pool’s chemicals and their proper levels is extremely important. Testing should occur once a week with a testing kit in order to monitor chemical imbalances.

  • Cyanuric Acid – Will protect the chlorine from sunlight and should be at a level between 30 and 50 for an outdoor pool
  • Acidity/Alkalinity (pH Level) – Should be balanced to prevent skin/eye irritation. The acidity level can be between 7.5 and 7.8.
  • Total Alkalinity – Keeps PH levels balanced and should range anywhere from 60 to 120
  • Free Chlorine – Sanitizes the pool water to make sure that germs don’t build up over time
  • Calcium Hardness – Must keep at recommended levels to prevent plaster damage, level between 220 and 350. This amount should be lowered for a vinyl sided pool.

Water Levels

A proper water level should be halfway up the skimmer’s opening. If the water level is below that, then use a hose to add water. If the water level is too high, then you must drain the excess water with a submergible pump that can be found in any home improvement store. If the pool is made of vinyl or fiberglass, then contact a professional to remove the water from the pool in order to prevent damage to the siding. Once the water level is adjusted, recheck the chemical levels to make sure they are balanced.

At Bankers Insurance Group, we want you and your pool guests to have a fun and safe summer. Keep educating yourself on these tips to prevent major accidents from happening. These quick and easy pool maintenance tips will help you save time and money this summer. Float in the water, soak up some sun and splash a little. Your pool should be your paradise where you have fun memories and no worries.

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