How to Clean and Maintain Your Pool

The idea of owning a pool is exciting. What better way to stay cool and refreshed during the hot summer months, right? 

As fun as swimming in a pool is, it’s also a lot of work to keep it clean and safe to use daily. Below, we divulge a few helpful tips designed to keep any backyard pool sparkling clean and safe to use all summer long. 

Easy Pool Maintenance

Whether you own an inground pool or one that sits above ground, you can use these three simple tips to keep it clean. 

1. Skim the pool regularly.

Depending on how much debris falls into your pool, you’ll want to skim it regularly to remove anything floating on its surface. Also, it’s important to check the skimmer basket, too, to ensure it isn’t full of debris that can restrict water flow, which can result in excess algae growth. 

2. Brush and vacuum as needed.

This step is an extension of the first tip. If there is debris floating on the surface of the water, there’s likely debris sitting on the bottom of your pool as well. Again, how often you should brush the sides of your pool and vacuum it depends on how much debris falls into the water. If there are a lot of trees hanging overhead or a passing storm blows stuff into the pool, you’ll need to conduct the first and second step before swimming again. 

3. Test the water.

Pool water needs to be tested to check for chemical imbalances. This should be done at least 2-3 times a week or more if the pool is used frequently. Furthermore, things like suntan lotion and tanners can change the chemical makeup of the water, which can cause cloudy water and/or corrosion of pool surfaces. These imbalances need to be checked and rectified when they occur. 

A Final Word About Pool Pumps

To help keep your pool clean, you’ll also want to ensure its pump is working properly. The pump keeps the water in the pool flowing constantly to discourage algae growth while the filter removes dirt, leaves, and other debris from the water. Without a pool pump, your pool will likely become green with algae and it will be harder to clean and maintain. 

There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a dip in a cool pool on a hot summer’s day. If you’re lucky enough to have a pool, use the tips outlined above to keep it clean and safe to use.