When one thinks of adding a new pool to their backyard, one can forget that pools require quite a bit of TLC to keep it looking clean and sparkly, Proper cleaning and regular maintenance is needed in keeping your pool water safe for you and your family.
If you’re struggling to keep your pool and landscaping looking crisp and fresh, we’ve included a quick checklist to maintain your pool and surrounds all year round.
The timber decking surrounding your pool looks good, but it requires regular maintenance to keep its beauty and safety intact. If not managed properly, your decking could crack and splinter, posing a risk to anyone walking on it. If you’ve had your decking for quite some time, it’s important to have it inspected regularly to see if there are any protruding nails or decaying posts.
The right amount of chemicals are needed to help keep your pool water clean and safe for bathing. Hiring a professional pool service ensures that your pool’s chemical levels are at the optimum level. That said, it’s still important to understand exactly what your pool needs. There are three factors that you should consider when gauging your pool chemistry:
The pH levels dictate the water’s acidity with the scale going from 0 to 14. pH 7 is considered neutral, anything above 7 is considered a basic and anything below 7 is acid. The ideal pH for pool water is around 7.4.
Alkalinity can buffer the pH and should be a number between 80 and 120. If you find that your pool’s alkalinity is too much or not enough, you can use muriatic acid to decrease it and sodium bicarbonate to increase it.
Calcium Hardness should be from 150 to 250 parts per million and is dependent on the water hardness.
The waterline and gutter tile are highly prone to oil and dirt build up, making them a potential breeding ground for bacteria. Algae, on the other hand, can grow in the grout between the tiles when not cleaned properly. Avoid these issues and keep your pool’s tile clean using a non-abrasive tile cleaner. These can get rid of any dirt on your scum line without damaging the tile itself.
Lastly, make sure you clean your filter regularly to remove any trapped debris. Cleaning your filter also promotes circulation and helps distribute the right amount of chemicals to the right areas. While filter cleaning is part of pool maintenance service, you can do this yourself by removing the cartridge and washing it out with a hose.
Wisdom Pools and Landscapes creates stunning pool designs that seamlessly integrate with your home, allowing you to enjoy a personal oasis in the comfort of your very own home. Keep your swimming pools in top condition, even after years of use, with this handy checklist. Get in touch with our team today to learn more about our pool and landscaping services.