Keeping up with regular pool care maintenance will have the biggest impact on your ability to safely use your in-ground swimming pool – and continue to use it for decades to come! All pool owners must prepare to implement daily and weekly pool maintenance activities, and in this article we’ll look at some monthly and other less frequent maintenance tasks.
Periodic Filtration Pipe Cleaning
We’re going to assume that you’re already skilled at more routine pool maintenance tasks like weekly filter cleaning and daily skimming, which will both help your filter function properly without being overworked. Nevertheless, you’ll still need to perform a monthly thorough pipe cleaning of the filtering system. Simply remove the leaf basket, clean it out, and set your filter to the “backwash” mode. Once all material has been removed from the basket, turn on the pump and let it run until the waste pipe flow looks to be clear.
As a side note, make sure your pool filter is operating for at least 6 hours each day. A timer can be used to make sure that your filter runs every day (or night). But whatever you do, avoid turning your filter on and off frequently; doing so will lead to damage and require more frequent replacement or maintenance than necessary.
Occasional Water Shocking
We’re presuming once more that you faithfully take care of more normal pool maintenance duties, such weekly chemical testing. Even so, you will occasionally have to do a different assignment involving chemicals. This is termed “shocking” your pool. Basically, you’ll increase chlorine levels considerably to eliminate any bacteria that has accumulated. After a pool party or throughout pool season generally, you may observe murky water due to bacterial accumulation; this is a good indication that you will need to shock the pool in order to aggressively try to get the chemical balance back under control. Even if the water never shows any indicators that it is having chemical imbalance issues, plan to shock your pool at least twice a year.
You’ll shock your swimming pool water by adding around five times the usual amount of chlorine to your water return line in order to clean up hazy water and destroy microorganisms. After the chlorine filters through, the water in your pool should once more look crystal-clear and clean.
Occasional Surface Oil Removal
Have you ever observed that your pool’s water can acquire an oily sheen on its surface even when it looks to be clear? These surface oils are frequently brought on by a combination of natural body oils and synthetic oils from various skin and hair-care products. In contrast to cloudy water, shocking won’t solve this problem. The good news is that it can be fixed even more simply – all you need is a regular tennis ball. Simply toss the ball into the pool water, and the fibers of the ball will naturally absorb the oils, removing the oily layer from the water’s surface. You really can’t overdo this one, so if this is a problem for you frequently, feel free to have a tennis ball floating in your pool.
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