Your Easy Peasy Guide to Cleaning Your Pool

For many pool owners, the sight of their pool can manifest great feelings of joy and pride. For others, the pool in their backyard might conjure up feelings of guilt and shame.

Don’t let yourself fall into the latter category. The only reason for feeling bad about your pool is because it’s not being properly maintained or cared for. A neglected pool is going to end up being a waste of the money you initially invested in it.

A Clean and Happy Pool Soothes the Soul

Following a handful of simple steps for pool care will not only result in a great looking pool but also hopefully help you form a habit of proper pool care you will keep and repeat throughout the pool season, year after year. While there aren’t too many complicated steps, neglecting just one or two of these important activities will, in time, result in a less-than-perfect pool condition.

Improper pool cleaning practices can have many negative consequences including, but not limited to, adverse health consequences and people refusing your pool party invites for fear of being caught in a bog of algae, leaves and bugs. Don’t be that friend with a wasted pool— follow these simple steps to get your pool clean and keep it so.

child cleaning poolPhoto credit: Aaron Anton via Flickr.

STEP 1

Gather all of the supplies and components necessary to complete the cleaning work. These include:

STEP 2

Make sure to use your brush and the telescopic pole in combination to brush the walls and floor of your pool on a weekly basis, at least.

STEP 3

Get rid of nasty, unsightly debris and leaves using a leaf net, once again attached to your telescopic pole. Skim the surface and be sure to get in all the nooks and crannies, so you don’t miss any spots.

STEP 4

Vacuum the bottom and corners of your pool with the vac head attached to your telescopic pole.

You must be sure to get the correct vacuum head type as there are various types matching the different materials a pool can be made of. Check if your pool’s sides are made of vinyl, fibreglass or concrete and get a vacuum head that matches accordingly.

cleaning poolPhoto credit: May via Flickr.

STEP 5

Take care of your filters. If you have a cartridge filter, you’ll need to them about three times per year. With proper maintenance, they can last one to two pool seasons. Find out how to clean your cartridge filter here.

If you have a sand filter, you must backwash water through it on a regular basis to dislodge debris and dirt. The backwashing works by reversing the water flow through the filter. Backwash every time your tank pressure reaches 10 psi over the standard pressure indicated upon start up.

STEP 6

Ensure your chemical levels are correct three times weekly for fresh and shimmering crystal clear water.

Getting the right balance of pool water chemicals can be a bit a tricky, so learn more with our article on understanding pool water chemistry.

STEP 7

Your pool needs sanitization and chlorine is the chemical for the job. Chlorine tablets are the best way to go as they dissolve slowly and offer a slow-release of chlorine into your pool environment.

STEP 8

Every two weeks your pool will need to be shocked. No, you don’t need any electricity for this. Shock is a potent form of sanitization that can fight the build-up of debris that occurs after a few consecutive weeks of pool use. Shock comes in both chlorinated and non-chlorinated versions but either one will help kill tough algae.

An average pool can last 20 years and retain much of its original lustre when it’s properly maintained. Reaping the best value out of your pool is going to come as a result of putting valuable effort into pool maintenance on a regular basis.

All the Tools Your Pool Needs

You’re going to need a partner if you ever hope to keep your pool looking magnificent, enticing and refreshing all season long. AOL Pool Shop has an incredible supply of various pool accessories, ensuring that the item you need is in stock at all times.

AOL also has a dedicated service team readily available to offer advice or maintain scheduled or sporadic servicing for your valuable pool. Conversely, if you like to do it yourself, with a few hours a week and a bit of proper planning, the job can be done at home, and get you back to enjoying your pool instead of worrying about it.

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