Having the luxury of your own swimming pool can be a truly sweet arrangement amid those hot summer months. In any case, as most great things, a swimming pool requires a considerable amount of upkeep and tender loving care. Since majority of the pools are outdoor they can get dirty. They accumulate dust, leaves, pollens and other residues. Continued build-up of these deposits contaminates the water and encourages the propagation of bacteria, which is harmful to our health.
We, therefore, engage in the constant cleaning of the pool to avoid such vices. Due to lack of proper training and time, we seek the services of professional pool cleaners, who overcharge us for a simple routine exercise we can partake by ourselves.
You can eliminate this cost if you do pool cleaning by yourself. There are certain steps that you can take to cheaply and conveniently keep your pool clean. Here are some of those necessary steps:
The first step to self-clean your pool is to procure the right apparatus for cleaning. You are likely to need the following:
- Telescopic pole: The pool is a wide expanse and cleaning it will require a long rod. It is ideal for attaching all the other cleaning kits to it.
- Leaf Skimmer: This net is perfect for fishing out the leaves and pollens floating in your pool. Simply attach it to the telescopic pole and you can reach the entire breadth of the pool. This routine ritual should be done daily to scoop the debris floating in the pool before they rot and sink to the pool bottom.
- Cleaning brush: The scrub is applicable for scouring the ladder, the sides and the step of the pool. Scrubbing should be undertaken once in a week. Simply attach the brush to the telescopic rod and apply force to scrape the grime accumulating in areas frequently used, but with poor water circulation.
The vacuuming will ensure that the dirt which finds their way to the bottom of the pool is removed. This process will require the application of a vacuum cleaner. Without a top cleaner preventing debris sinkage, you’ll do this task once a week. With a top cleaner (like the Solar-Breeze NX as discussed below, you’ll only use that bottom cleaner every 10 days or so):
- Select appropriate pool cleaner: Whether you choose an automatic cleaner or a manual pool vacuum, it is up to you. There are three automatic pool cleaners you can settle for. The suction side cleaner is effective and can collect even the pieces such as pebbles (regulating the filtration process). The pressure cleaner can do the job but requires manual filtering of the debris collected into the collector bag. The robotic cleaner, though expensive is the most suitable pool cleaner. The manual pool cleaner can work but is very cumbersome and time-consuming. Combining one of these bottom cleaners with a top cleaner, like the Solar-Breeze NX, can make for an insanely efficient cleaning duo. Since debris will fall to the bottom less often, you won’t have to use these below the water cleaners as much, meaning you preserve the life of your tools, and save money and energy by not having to run the pool pump as much either.
- Set up the cleaner: For whichever cleaner you choose, follow the manufacturer instructions, set up for cleaning. The manual cleaner can be attached to the telescopic pole.
- Vacuum the pool: Use the telescopic pole to touch the cleaner as deep as the pool floor. Move it back and forth, as you do when cleaning the home carpet. Continue throughout the entire length of the pool working in a structured way. For areas exhibiting much dirt, you will make several runs. Note that the robotic solar pool cleaner will not require your involvement in cleaning. It uses solar power to glide on top of the pool collecting floating debris, grabbing it up before it can sink and muddy up the bottom of your pool. The highly efficient robotic solar pool cleaning gadget, such as the Solar Breeze NX, can completely polish the entire pool in 1 to 2 hours without using any electrical power. The inbuilt battery saves the charge to be expended efficiently and continuously through the night, doing the pool cleaning chore for you.
Using Swimming Pool Chemicals
The use of the chemical is considered paramount in keeping the water fresh and free of contaminants. Here are the steps in keeping the correct chemical concentration in the pool.
- Test the pH level: Weather and usage may affect the pool’s chemical concentration. So testing for the pH level is recommended every alternate day to ensure safe levels.
- Recommended levels: Using a reliable pH tester, check the pool’s pH levels. The ideal range is from 7.2 to 7.6. If it is below this range, use a pH increaser. You can conversely apply pH reducer if the levels are higher than the range. This action will reset the level to the safe range.
- Inspect the pool filter: The pool filter area should be pristine. Inspect this area for debris, grime or clog and remove any built ups.
- Use sanitizing tablets: These chlorine tablets are killing any bacteria colonizing your pool. Follow the instructions and use it in your gadgets, you use to clean the pool.
How To Clean A Dirty Pool
Sometimes you may go out for a holiday and leave the pool unattended for a considerable duration. The debris built up and the level of contamination in such scenarios is high. You should, therefore, apply a different cleaning method to restore it to an acceptable hygiene standard.
- Remove debris from the surface with a solar powered skimmer, or a leaf net.
- Adjust the chemicals: The dirty pool can attract bacteria. Check the pH levels and apply the pH reducer or increaser, as appropriate.
- Shock the pool: A pool is to undergo a shock treatment. This will require about three to four gallon and a few days to recover from the sanitization. In case the water does not turn from green to white, repeat the same treatment and give additional days. Eventually, it will clear and be fit for swimming.
- Run the filter: The dirty pool needs adequate filtration to recover from contamination. Wash the filter to guard against the murky water clogging the filter. It should clear the contamination within five days. If this is not the case, have it checked for blockage or service.
- Clean pool floor: After the pool has regained the safe pH levels and water becomes clear, use the vacuum to scrub the bottom. Due to much smug, consider employing the professional cleaning services in order to protect you pool pipes and the filtration system.
You will be surprised how easy and cheap your pool cleaning chore can become.
Angie Earley is a Founder of Pool Vacuum HQ blog; it’s a blog about Pool Cleaning tips, guide, reviews, news, equipments, and events.