A swimming pool provides hours of fun for the entire family during the summer months. But before you can open up your pool for the summer, you must take the proper steps to clean it up and get it ready. You might think you just need to fill it up with fresh water, but the truth is that you really need to do a lot more—for safety and functionality.
If you don't know where to start, begin with these three swimming pool cleaning and maintenance tips:
1. Remove Debris and Clean the Baskets
If your pool has old water sitting in it, it has probably collected some debris: twigs, bugs, leaves, or trash. If you notice any debris when you remove the cover, use the skimmer to collect and remove the debris. Discard it properly.
You might also need to clean out the baskets, as they collect the same debris you find in your pool. So remove the baskets, dump them out, and rinse them off. Once clean, re-insert them into your pool.
2. Vacuum the Walls and Brush the Walls
Even if you don't see anything floating in the water, it's a good idea to vacuum it to remove chemical deposits and excess debris not caught by the skimmer. If you do not know how to use a pool vacuum, do not worry. It's as simple as a standard vacuum for the home. Simply move it across the water, making sure that you overlap each stroke.
Once the pool is cleaned from debris, wipe down the walls with a pool brush to remove excess calcium and algae. If you do not have a pool brush, you may need to purchase one. Just make sure you purchase one that is designed for your pool walls, as stronger walls may need a stiffer brush. For example, a pool with plaster walls will require a stiffer brush than a pool with tile walls.
3. Check the pH Level
Finally, make sure the pH level is balanced before you let anyone swim in your pool. In general, swimming pools should have a pH level between 7.2 and 7.8, as this level of pH will ensure swimmer safety and sanitization of the pool itself. You can check the pH level with a small test strip and adjust it accordingly by adding chemicals, such as sodium carbonate or muriatic acid, to the water.
Once all the cleaning is done, you can open your pool for the summer months and enjoy plenty of fun in the sun. If you do not have the necessary swimming pool supplies to complete the cleaning and maintenance of your pool, you should contact a professional from a company like KrisCo Aquatech Pools & Spas.