Backyard swimming pools are the most sought-after oasis for family fun and relaxation. To ensure you get the most out of your personal paradise, it’s critical to effectively maintain your pool.
While Levco Pools specializes in building, servicing, and creating dreamy backyards, our expertise extends into everything in your back yard oasis, and definitely pool maintenance.
In this blog post, we aim to empower you with essential steps for quality pool upkeep ready to enjoy the best moments under the summer sun. From monitoring chemical balance to guaranteeing optimum water circulation, Let’s dive into the world of pool maintenance!
1. Testing Your Pool Water
The cornerstone of sparkling pool water lies in regularly testing and balancing chemicals. For health and cleanliness, the water needs to be slightly alkaline, ideally sitting between a pH level of 7.2 – 7.6. Lower or higher pH levels can cause irritation to the skin, eyes, and may cause problems for your pool equipment while welcoming algae growth.
While testing kits are available, consider hiring a pool care professional for optimal accuracy, especially during the swimming season’s peaks.
At Levco Pools, we offer top-grade testing services that give you precise results and advice on keeping your pool water at an impeccable condition.
2. Balancing Pool Chemicals
Working lockstep with testing is balancing your pool chemicals. Chlorine effectively disinfects, while Cyanuric Acid shields your pool from the sun’s chlorine-dissolving UV rays. Alkalinity also plays a vital role, counteracting changes in pH levels.
Aim for the following levels to keep your pool balanced and safe:
– Chlorine (1-3 ppm)
– Cyanuric acid (30-50 ppm)
– Alkalinity (80-120 ppm)
– Calcium hardness (200–400 ppm)
3. Ensuring Clear Water with Right Filtration
Both manual and automatic filtration keeps your pool clear from harmful organisms and debris. A dirty filter decreases water flow and overall circulation, raising the probability of a dirty and cloudy pool.
Maintain your filters by doing a weekly backwash or following the manufacturer’s instructions for cartridge and DE (filter media) filters.
4. Strict on Skimming & Scrubbing
Surfaces such as the sides of the pool accumulate deposits, algae and contaminants that cause damage over time and also make your pool murky.
To counter this, make skimming and scrubbing a habitual activity. You can use a long-handled net for skimming floating debris and a stiff pool brush for scrubbing.
5. Achieving Perfect Water Level & Circulation
Relentless summer use, plus evaporation from the sun and heat, can alter your pool’s water level and quality. Keep the pool water at an optimal level halfway up the opening of your pool skimmer. If necessary, use a pool cover to help maintain the water level and prevent unwanted debris.
Additionally, ensuring flowing water circulation is key in maintaining a pool′s health. Aim to run your pump daily for about 12 hours in peak summer for ultimate impact.
Pool maintenance is so much more than removing falling leaves and a fresh chlorine scent.
It’s a combination of water testing, chemical balancing, consistent filtration, and maintaining an appropriate water level while cultivating disciplined habits like skimming and scrubbing.
If you’re aiming for that pristine, clear water in your backyard, these pool maintenance steps can certainly lead the way!
As your fellow pool enthusiasts and experts since 1986, Levco Pools understands the fine art of pool upkeep. Whether you need troubleshooting or passionate craftsmanship for your dream backyard project, we’re devoted to making your backyard dreams a reality.