5 DIY Swimming Pool Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

When it’s hot outside, one of the things that we all enjoy doing is taking a swim in the pool. And, it’s even more enjoyable if all we have to do is walk outside to our backyard in order to do so. But if the pool is not clean, not only does that make it a breeding ground for bacteria but it can cause fungus to grow inside of it as well.

To keep these things from happening, you could hire a professional pool cleaning company to maintenance your pool for you; however, there are several things that you can do to care for your pool all on your own. So, if you’d like some DIY swimming pool cleaning and maintenance tips, you’ve come to the right place. We have provided you with five truly effective ones below:

Scrub the tiles. Lime, calcium and hardwater stains are common when it comes to swimming pools. That’s why one of the first things that you should do is scrub the tiles of your pool. This starts by draining the pool until it is around six inches below any stain lines that you might see. Apply some acidic gel pool tile cleaner to your tiles and it sit for 15 minutes. Then, with a nylon brush, scrub your tiles. Just be sure that you don’t dip the brush into the pool water but instead, in a bucket of clean water. Repeat this process until your tiles are clean again.

Use chemical test kits. Something that you should do a couple of times per week is perform a chemical test of your pool water. That will help to show you what the chlorine and pH levels are. There are also tests that you can purchase to check the calcium content or alkalinity too. You can purchase them all at your local swimming pool supply company.

Clean the filter. It’s also important to clean your pool filter. This will keep things like sand, debris and backwash out of your pool area. The cleaning process actually depends on the kind of filter that you have. One website that can walk you through the process for most of them is Trouble Free Pool. Just go to the site and put “maintenance of pool filters” in the search field.

Sanitize it. When you’re swimming around with your friends, you definitely want the water to be as safe as possible. Something that you can do to ensure that happens is to sanitize it. This particular step is very easy to do. Just add a chlorine tab into your chlorinator or floater once a week. If you don’t have a chlorinating device, something else that you can do is put two of the chlorinating tabs directly into your skimmer.

Add some shock. The amount of times that you’ll need to shock your swimming pool varies (the results of you chemical tests will let you know). However, whether it’s once a week or once a month, it’s a good idea to do it because that’s what helps to keep algae out of your pool. However, being that shocking contains some pretty strong chemicals, it’s a good idea to consult with a professional before you do it for the first time. That’s because shocking your pool too much can actually make your swimming area hazardous. For more information on pool shocking, contact a company likeĀ Splash Super Center or visit YouTube and put “how to shock your pool” in the search field.

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