Diving into a clean, crystal clear sparkling pool doesn't happen just by magic. There's a regular schedule of maintenance that needs to take place to keep your pool in good shape. Here's how to care for your pool.
It's important to regularly test your water to make sure that you are maintaining proper alkaline levels as well as chlorine distribution. Failure by many pool owners to check the water regularly causes water that turns green as well as the growth of bacteria that can cause skin rashes, illnesses and stinging, burning eyes when swimming.
Chlorine is one of the most important additives in your arsenal of chemicals to keep your pool water clean and sparkling. Adding sticks or tablets of chlorine to the pool water helps prevent the accumulation of bacteria in the pool. Chlorine levels should consistently stay within 1-3 ppm (parts per million) in order to keep the water properly sanitized. Use an automatic chlorine feeder to ensure that chlorine is constantly being added to the water over a prolonged period of time rather than just dumped in at one time which can damage your pipes. The swimming pool's pH level should be kept between 7.6 and 7.8. At lower levels than this, your equipment could suffer corrosion damage. At levels higher than this, an unsightly and unhealthy scale will begin to build up on the pool tiles.
A liquid algae inhibitor is another essential additive to the water in order to prevent algae from breeding in the swimming pool water and turning it green. Check the alkaline levels of the water as well to keep them within an 80 to 120 ppm range. Whenever you are experiencing cloudiness in the water, a build-up of scale, or corrosion on your equipment, check the swimming pool's calcium hardness to see if that must be adjusted.
Swimming Pool Shock is a granular chemical that needs to be added to water, then added to your swimming pool at least once every two weeks in order to super-chlorinate the water, also known as "shocking" it.
On a daily basis, an important part of pool maintenance is removing any debris such as leaves or litter that have fallen into the water. Check to make sure there is no debris clogging the pool filter.
At least once a week, you need to vacuum the pool bottom for a good 30 minutes, going over each section the way you would mow a lawn. If any algae has begun collecting on the sides of the pool, use a good stiff steel brush to remove it after you are done vacuuming. Remove the basket from the pump filter to clean out any hair or lint that has accumulated here and dispose of it. Check the pool's overall water level and add water as needed.
Keep a chart noting when you performed each maintenance chore and do it regularly in order to enjoy a clean and safe swimming experience.