Nothing entices people to go for a swim like the sight of a clean pool. Having a pool at home is not just a privilege; it is also a responsibility. A badly maintained pool is not only an eyesore, but also becomes a health risk to those who swim in it as well as those who live around it. Here are some tips for keeping your pool in tip-top shape.
1. Clear it of floating objects. Leaf nets are easily available in hardware and DIY stores. Many people clean out their pools every morning, but if your pool is located under a tree or where it is exposed to the wind, it might be a good idea to skim it twice a day. You might also want to use a solar pool cover to catch debris and to keep the water warm. Also, remember to check the bottom of the pool, the water pump, the filters, and the gutter.
2. Keep your pool free of algae. Algae don’t just make the water green and unappealing; they can also make the pool floor slippery and unsafe. Pests such as mosquitoes and other insects feed on the algae and can infect you and your loved ones with diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. To prevent this, use an algae inhibitor such as copper salts and colloidal silver.
3. Check the water’s chemical content. The ideal pH level (that’s the measure of a liquid’s acidity or alkalinity) for pool water is between 7.0-7.6. This ensures that the water doesn’t hurt swimmers’ eyes, and helps the chlorine do its work. The wrong pH level could result in corrosion, calcium buildup, murky water, algae growth, dry and itchy skin, a burning sensation on sensitive skin, and damaged swimwear. Regulate the pH level by adding acid to the water if the pH is too high, or sodium bicarbonate if the pH is too low.
4. “Shock” your pool on a regular basis. This means adding chlorine or another disinfectant to the water. When you do this, make sure that the pump is clean and free of rust. Also, always make sure that you have chlorine tablets handy to maintain the right chlorine levels. If you have an ozone system, you don’t need to do this – just run the pump for 24 hours.
5. Keep the pool itself and its surroundings well-maintained. To prevent accidents, check the ladders and diving boards for loose bolts and parts on a regular basis. If your pool is located next to a deck, seal any cracks with silicone gel to prevent water from seeping under the deck and possibly into other parts of your home. To prevent slipping, consider installing pebble wash and other rough (but not jagged) surfaces around the pool. Remember, keeping the pool area dry also keeps it accident-free.
A well-maintained pool is a joy to jump in. It’s the centerpiece of many summer parties and can bring you hours of fun and relaxation. Make sure your pool is in great shape to keep your swimming experience enjoyable.