Now that the summertime is just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about what you can do to make sure your pool is ready to swim in. Indeed, proper pool maintenance is critical if you want to enjoy clean water and an enjoyable swimming experience. Over the course of a rather tumultuous and long winter, an above ground pool can start to show signs that it has been through the ringer. There will most definitely be debris in the filters and perhaps algae growing on the side of the pool that you must clean before the pool is usable again. Here are five above ground swimming pool cleaning and maintenance tips.
- Make sure that you run the filtration pump for at least ten hours out of the day. The filtration pump is responsible for sending water through the filter. If the filtration pump is not on, the water will become stagnant. Before the summertime, it may be worthwhile to leave the pump on for a full day – just to make sure plenty of water is flowing through the filter.
- Make sure that you clean your filtration system. Your pool’s filter can become quite dirty – even after the course of a long winter. So, you must take measures to clean it. In most cases, a pool retailer, like Royal Swimming Pools, will tell you what kind of filter your above ground pool uses, but in the instance that you are not sure, you probably want to do a little research. Some filters take different cleaning methods. For instance, sandy or clay filters require backwashing, which pushes water through and cleans out all the detritus that has built up.
- Make sure that you brush and clean the bottom and side of the pool once or twice a week. The water in your above ground pool will remain stagnant regardless – it is a pool after all. So, you want to take measures to properly clean and scrub the bottoms and sides of your pool thoroughly before you actually get inside to swim. Over time, excess algae can build up and cause all sorts of problems. For instance, algae growing on the steps of your above ground pool can cause slips and falls, which can be quite dangerous.
- Make sure that you test the alkaline balances inside the pool. To make sure the water inside your pool is safe to swim in, you want to test all the alkaline levels. You can usually use a pH strip to test these balances. Depending on the solutions you use for the pool, you will have a pH balance that your pool should level out at. If there isn’t, you probably want to ask your pool supplier.
- Make sure there is an ideal saturation of chlorine. Chlorine is essential for cleaning your pool – it kills bacteria, viruses and other nasty, harmful agents. However, if there is too little or too much chlorine – that can be a bad thing. Too much chlorine and it can cause stings and burns. Too little chlorine and your pool won’t be able to properly sanitize itself. In the end, just read the directions on the back of the bottle of chlorine or measure according to the gallons of water that are inside your above ground pool.