Proper swimming pool maintenance for beginners

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IN the scorching summer heat, a dip in the swimming pool is a relief. But before you can jump into the water, proper pool maintenance is essential:

Remove any form of debris

Pool maintenance should be directly related to how often the pool is used so if you use your pool regularly, then you should invest in a good skimmer. A skimmer is a rake that’s used to fish out objects from the water.

Skimming out floating debris such as leaves and dead insects from the water and emptying it is a process that takes less than two minutes. Make sure you dispose this waste away from the pool so that it’s not blown back inside by wind.

If you have bushes and trees that shed into the pool, consider trimming them or cutting them and replacing them with varieties that do not shed much.

Circulation

The pump is the focal point of the filtration system. It helps by moving water from the pool and sending it to the filter so that it can expel any dirt, debris or dust before sending it back to the pool.

How often you should run your pump depends on the size of the pool, pipe and the number of swimmers.

A pool professional can advise how often you should run your pump – the rule of thumb is to keep your pump running for about 1 hour for every 10 degrees of temperature.

If your pump isn’t running, the water from the pool in is not getting circulated properly. Running your pump and circulating the water is the easiest way to prevent problems in your pool.

Filtration

Filtration is vital for any swimming pool. The role of filtration is to get rid of all the undissolved dirt and debris from the pool. There are several types of filters available for swimming pools.

A swimming pool filtration system uses the basic element of passing water through small sieves, therefore filtering it. Particles that cannot pass through the sieve are trapped and thus get separated from the swimming pool. This process is repeated until all the sieves are blocked. When this happens, the filter should be cleaned so that the cycle is repeated.

Vacuum your pool

Sediment and some dirt may find their way to the floor of the pool and will need to be removed with a swimming pool vacuum cleaner. The swimming pool vacuum cleaner works in the same manner a household unit does except that instead of drawing air, it draws water.

Finish up the cleaning by brushing off any algae on the pool sides with a nylon brush on the vacuum pole. For a concrete pool, use a steel brush.

Adjust the chemicals

Chemicals are important in regular pool maintenance so as to keep the water safe and clean. Always test and correct your pool chemistry every week. Check your manufacturer’s instructions and ask a pool professional for advice on the pH levels and chlorine levels.

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