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Just Keep Swimming: 5 Pool Maintenance Tips You Should Follow

There are around 10.4 million pools in residential homes in the United States. You’ll spend most of your time having fun in your pool, but there’s also some swimming pool maintenance that you have to do occasionally.

Whether or not you hire someone to service your pool, you’ll probably still have to put in some work to keep things running smoothly.

Here are five pool maintenance tips you should follow.

1. Skimming is a Part of Pool Maintenance

Remove debris from your pool as needed throughout the week with a skimmer to consistently maintain a clean pool. You can also invest in a robot vacuum cleaner that will be able to get and clean those hard to reach areas of the bottom of your pool.

2. Don’t Forget to Brush Your Pool

Brushing your pool may seem like a tedious task, but it’ll help prevent the potential buildup of algae around the sides of your pool. You’ll want to complete this maintenance task around every other week to keep your pool looking the best it can.

If this task seems like too much work, or you simply don’t have the time to do it, remember that a professional pool service can come out and help you regularly brush down your pool.

3. Cleaning the Pool Filter

You’ll need to clean out the filter baskets around once a week. These filters should be running around six hours every day to pick up any impurities. Turn off the filtration system and take off the cap that covers the filter. This will reveal the plastic basket that needs cleaning.

Then, just dump and shake out any of the debris that gets caught in the basket during circulation. To make sure the basket is really clean, you’ll need to use a hose to spray out any stuck debris.

4. Maintaining the Chemicals and pH Levels

One of the main ways you can keep the pool a healthy place for your family to have fun is to always maintain the chemicals and pH levels in the pool.

Take a pH testing strip and submerge it into the water. This will change the color of the strip. You’ll match up the color to the kit to figure out the alkaline levels. The alkaline levels should stay around 7.2 to 7.8.

Other chemicals that you’ll need to maintain are chlorine, calcium hardness, acidity, and cyanuric acid. Test these levels every week or every other week so that they don’t get too out of balance.

5. Check Out Your Water Level

Keep an eye out on the water level in your pool after heavy rainfall. Also, be aware of changing water levels is if your family had a large get together with many hours spent in the pool splashing around. Both of these things can lead to too much or too little water in your pool.

You can easily fill a pool that’s too low with a garden hose. You can invest in a pump that you can submerge in the water to drain any excess water. You can also rent one of these pumps or have a professional pool service company do it for you.

Keep Your Pool Running Smoothly

Proper pool maintenance makes sure that your pool always functions as it should and ensures a good pool for your family to enjoy for years to come.

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Continue reading through our articles for more tips and information about how to best care for your pool.