4 Steps on How to Properly Maintain Your Pool

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As a pool owner, it should be your priority to keep the pool safe and clean for both adults and children. To make sure your pool’s maintained properly, follow these steps:

  1. Clean the pool.

  • Dolphin Premier RoboticIf you’re going to do this step manually, then be sure to skim the surface of the pool as soon as you spot floating debris. Allowing them to sink will make it harder for you. Skimming takes less than 5 minutes, depending on the amount of debris.
  • If you’re going to use a pressure, suction, or robotic pool cleaner, then this first step will be a lot easier for you as long as you know how to use an automatic pool cleaner the right way.
  1. Vacuum your pool and clean its filter.

  • If you have no automatic pool cleaner yet, then you need to manually clean the pool from the base up to the walls and steps.
  • Make sure the pool filter is free from dirt and debris; otherwise, it’ll get clogged.
  • Identify which type of filter you should use.
  • Sand filters are made of fiberglass, concrete, or metal. They’re ideal for trapping debris, but must be replaced every after five years.
  • Cartridge filters let water flow through a fine filtrating surface. Compared to sand filters, they have a larger surface area, making them easy to maintain. They also have fewer clogs. However, they must be changed every after 3-5 years.
  • Diatomaceous Earth (DE) filters have porous bone material that enables them to strain dirt and debris easily. They are set directly into the skimmer and requires replacement once or twice a year. They are the most expensive type too, which is why sand and cartridge filters are commonly used.
  1. Clean the pool pump.

  • Turn your pump off.
  • Close the skimmer valve. By doing so, you’re allowing it to keep the water in place, eliminating the need to prime the system when it restarts.
  • Free the lint/hair catcher from dirt.

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  1. Identify the pH level, alkalinity, and calcium levels of your pool.

  • pH levels measure how acidic or basic substances are.
  • If your pool water’s pH level is less than 7.4, use a soda ash product to adjust it. If it’s more than 7.6, use muriatic acid.
  • Determine the total alkalinity to enable you to measure the water’s power to neutralize acidity.
  • If the total alkalinity levels are high, your pH levels should be as well.
  • Having a calcium level that’s too low would mean your pool water is soft. And you wouldn’t want that because soft water will dissolve calcium and other minerals from the plaster pool surfaces and metal equipment. Soft water is corrosive, and that’s not what you should aim for.
  • On the other hand, having a calcium level that’s too high would mean your water is hard. And hard water may cause scales on pool surfaces and equipment.
  • To be safe, make sure the calcium hardness of your pool water is between 200 and 400 ppm.
  • Remember these chemical ranges:
  • pH: 7.4-7.6
  • Total alkalinity: 80-120 ppm
  • Cyanuric Acid: 40-80 ppm
  • Chlorine: 1.0-2.0 ppm
  • Total Dissolved Solids: below 500 ppm