If you are lucky enough to have a swimming pool, your maintenance habits can keep it sparkling, inviting, refreshing, and ready for use every day. Having preventative maintenance services as you would have on your home or car will help extend the life of your pool. Regular pool maintenance, which includes routine water testing and chemical balancing, will minimize the need for emergency store runs. The key is just to stay on top of it.


Here Are A Few Tips To Keep Your Pool Water Clean & Clear

1. Peace Of Mind
It has become more common today to test the chemical balance of your pool thanks to readily available tests and kits. Be sure to check the swimming pool chemistry once or twice a week during summer, and one time every few weeks in cooler months if you’re still using the pool.

– Optimal pH Levels
The pH level of your pool should be kept between 7.2 and 7.8 with a pH of 7.4 being the optimum balance to make swimming safer for everyone without compromising on comfort. Lower pH in water means you need to add less chlorine. Increasing pH levels in your pool decrease the effectiveness of chlorine. If, for example, your pH level is 8.0 and chlorine levels are 10%, then the chlorine in your pool is about 10% effective.

– Tip
When the pH is too high, you will notice scummy deposits starting to build up on your pool walls. The best pH level to keep in a pool is 7.2, which will prevent the formation of scum lines. To reduce the buildup of scum, it’s good practice to wipe down the water line each week.

One of the most common mistakes people make when their pool isn’t as clean as they would like is to add more chlorine. By controlling pH properly, you will need to use less chlorine. There are a variety of chemicals and methods available for pH control. Ask professionals at Dallas F.W Pool Care what product would be the best for lowering pH.

2. Empty the Skimmer Basket
A skimmer basket is located on the side of a pool. One of its main jobs is to skim debris and contaminants from the surface of the pool before they become heavy enough to sink. The more effective your skimmer is, the more it can skim off of the water surface.
One of the best ways to keep your skimmer working at its best is to open it up, remove the basket, and dump out what’s inside. The basket should be cleared of debris at all times.

3. Clean the Hair and Lint Pot
Even though your pump is operating correctly, it will be capturing most of the debris before it hits the pool, so you should keep an eye on what’s happening in and around your pump.

In order for the system to run, it should first be turned off and the pressure released. There are many different styles of pump lids, and there is likely a basket installed just inside the clear glass lid of your pool pump. Make sure this particular basket is not broken or damaged because even a small stone that falls inside can create serious problems.

4. Check Your Water Level
Is your water level too high or too low? A pool water level should be as close to, but not higher than the skimmer or tile for optimal performance. If the water is too low, it can cause the pump to burn up. When the water is too high, debris is left in the pool as a result of the skimmer door not working properly.

5. Check the Chlorinator
Make sure your automatic pool chlorinator is properly loaded and that the chlorine tablets have been replaced before each use. Depending on your system’s style and features, you may be able to add a constant residual of needed chlorine for consistent flow.

6. Check the Ozone Generator
There are many devices that aid in swimming pool sanitation and safety management, but one primary device to note is the ozone generator. Ozone, an oxygen gas type, is known for purifying pools by reacting quickly with impurities in the water. It can also reduce the amount of chlorine in the water. And make sure the generator’s light is on.

7. Limit Shocking the Pool
You only need to shock your swimming pool if it becomes cloudy from bacteria and general wear and tear, which should not happen on a regular basis. To prevent unwanted algae growth, you may need to use chlorine-based shock treatment on an occasion.

You should only shock the pool if you don’t have an ozone system and never during daylight hours. And when choosing a pool chemical, keep in mind that non-chlorine shock is chlorine-free and will not be weakened by the sun.

8. Check the Salt Pool Chlorine Generator
If you have a salt-based pool or spa, chlorine generators produce chlorine for saltwater pools. The saltwater circulates through the generator and salt cell. The salt cell needs to be kept super clean in order to work efficiently.

9. Clean the Pool Filter
As pools are used, they gradually collect dirt and debris. Most pools need regular filter cleaning a couple of times per year. There are three signs to know it’s time for a filter change:

  • Water is building up on the floor near the drains at the bottom of your in-ground pool.
  • Your hose cleaner is sluggish.
  • Your swimming pool has a strange and unpleasant odor.

10. Monitor the Structure of Your Pool
The water in your pool is not the only item that needs close attention. Keep an eye on structural items too to ensure safe use of your equipment:

  • Weakened walls
  • Cracks
  • Gates

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If you are lucky enough to have a swimming pool, your maintenance habits can keep it sparkling, inviting, refreshing, and ready for use every day.