Do you know what single consideration is most significant in protecting your investment of your backyard swimming pool? Regular maintenance. As significant an investment as an in-ground swimming pool is, you’ll certainly want to plan to protect it! During swimming pool season, daily and weekly tasks become extremely important.
If you’re a new pool owner, you might be surprised how easily these daily tasks will become routine for you. Skimming your pool should be the first thing you do after you uncover your pool each day. The good news is, it requires minimal time and effort to complete. All you have to do is skim any visible debris off your pool’s surface. By doing so, you’ll keep your pool water just the way you like it — clean and clear. But perhaps more importantly, you’ll also keep leaves and other kinds of debris from entering your pool’s filtration system.
You can use a traditional skimmer basket or something less conventional. If you’re the DIY type, feel free to stretch some old panty hose over any kind of frame or use an old window screen. Basically, anything that will catch small particles and help you remove them from your swimming pool will work.
Daily & Bi-Weekly Scrubbing
Also on the agenda for daily maintenance tasks, scrubbing should be done at least every couple days. By scrubbing obvious spots more regularly, the thorough scrubbing you do a couple times a month will become less taxing. The purpose of scrubbing is to keep algae growth from getting out of control.
While it certainly takes some effort and elbow grease, daily scrubbing really doesn’t take long at all. Simply look around your pool, and where you see algae beginning to form on the walls, using a scrub brush will typically do the trick.
When it comes time for your more thorough, bi-weekly scrubbing, make sure to go over all areas of your pool wall, even if you don’t notice visible algae. To include the pool floor, we recommend purchasing a robot vacuum designed with that precise purpose in view.
Weekly Filter Cleaning
Your pool’s filter removes impurities from your swimming pool water. By skimming your pool regularly, you’ll certainly reduce the amount of debris that gets caught in the filter basket. But even with daily skimming, you’ll need to clean out your pool’s filter basket on a weekly basis. Simply turn off the filter, remove the cap, lift out the filter basket, and remove any debris that you can see.
Weekly Chemical Checking
Also on a weekly basis, you’ll want to check your pool waters chemicals. Simply fill each portion of a standard testing kit and add the solution provided and follow the instructions. Once you know what the current levels are, you can add any chemicals necessary in order to achieve the proper levels, allowing you to keep your swimming pool water clear and odorless and with little or no residue.
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