Maintaining your swimming pool yourself can be a daunting task. However, it is more affordable than hiring a professional to clean it to the tune of $100 an hour.
As a pool owner, you already know that the pool maintenance is absolutely necessary. Green water, algae build up and frogs can become your worst enemies. Therefore, maintaining your swimming pool on a daily and weekly regular basis is very important. Fortunately, there are so many methods for pool maintenance, that it’s so easy to do it especially if you take into account several factors.
Skim the surface of your pool
Skimming the surface of your swimming pool is extremely important. It is actually the first step to maintaining your pool clean and safe. Proper pool maintenance requires that you as a pool owner maintain the water’s PH levels balanced. This is the only way to prevent green algae and bacteria from growing in the swimming pool. Unfortunately, plenty of things will affect your pool water chemistry, but all these unpleasant issues must be removed daily by skimming the pool. The pool skimmer is one of the most popular pool tools on the market. Specially designed to ease pool maintenance, this device is efficient and very easy to use. It is capable of removing floating leaves and other large debris from your pool. As you probably know debris can affect your pool’s circulation system. That’s why it’s recommended to use the pool skimmer at least once or twice a week. If you want to use a skimmer, it’s important to know that it costs around $7. Once you have finished with the skimmer, you can move on to vacuuming the pool.
Vacuum your pool properly
As it was mentioned above a skimmer can remove leaves and other debris, but it cannot remove dirt and fine particles that settle to the bottom of the pool. That’s why it’s recommended to vacuum your pool surface. There are two different ways of vacuuming the pool to ensure that you will be able to use it without any risks. You can use either an automatic pool vacuum or a manual vacuum. The automatic cleaners run along the bottom of the pool while the manual ones are attached to a long pole. This way, you can steer the suction yourself. There are hundreds of robotic pool cleaners on the market, so choosing the right model for your needs may be quite complicated. However, as long as they come with different features and functions, be confident that you will find one that will meet your requirements. The latest models are able to brush, vacuum and clean all the surface of your pool, including the floor, steps and walls. Also, the newer robots feature Intelligent Navigation. They use a software to locate and monitor the pattern for cleaning the pool. This feature makes them more energy efficient. Plus, it requires less time to clean the pool area. When it comes to robotic pool cleaner, you must be prepared to pay good money for a quality model. You can purchase a good model that cost $300, but it has fewer features, or you can pay $1000 for a model that comes with an advanced technology and plenty of impressive features.
Brushing the pool area
As you probably know, it’s not easy to get rid of green algae in your pool water. These small plant-like organisms which grow in your swimming pool are extremely hard to remove. However, this is not impossible. You may try various methods to get rid of them, but brushing your walls with a muriatic acid is the best solution. Brush at least once a week before vacuuming and skimming.
Clean your filters
There are three types of filter, including sand, cartridge and DE filters also known as diatomaceous earth filters. While the sand filters must be treated with some special cleaning chemicals, the cartridge filters can be removed and sprayed with a garden hose. As compared to the other filters, the DE filters can remove much smaller particles. However, they have the same cleaning requirements as the sand filters. The sand filters will cost about $12 while the DE filters are $20. The cartridge filters are the most expensive on the market. They can cost $13, but a high-end filter can also cost $75.
If you are too busy and you cannot maintain your swimming pool, ask for a professional help. Usually, pool maintenance services cost about $100 per hour and they handle everything. They will help you with regular treatment, but they will close and open the pool for the seasons as well.