Pool maintenance means keeping pool water clean and keeping the water chemistry balanced. You need to create a weekly routine for cleaning the pool and checking the chemical balance.  Most major pool problems can be solved by giving it a shock treatment. You can test the water pH levels and chlorine levels in the pool water and then decide if shock-treatment is necessary. Pool maintenance is necessary especially if you observe the following conditions:

  • Heavy rains or windstorms
  • Foul odour in the pool water
  • Extreme heat
  • Swimmers experiencing burning, red eyes or any infectious disease
  • Growth of algae
  • Slimy or murky water

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The steps for pool maintenance are described here:

  • Step 1: Balanced Pool Water

Properly balanced pool water means that pH, calcium, levels are within a healthy range. For keeping everything running smoothly, you must maintain these levels correctly. Proper balance will keep your accessories and metal equipment from corroding. Scale formation can damage pool equipment, stain water surfaces, and cloud your pool water. Proper balancing prevents all of these conditions, as well as skin and eye irritation.

  • Step 2: Pool Chlorine

Your pool water can be affected by bacteria and algae. For proper bacteria and algae prevention and keeping proper sanitation, your chlorine level should always be fall between 1 and 4 ppm. A number of options are shown here for keeping your pool water clean.

  • Chlorinating Tablets

Chlorinating tablets are slow-dissolving and they are found in one-inch and three-inch sizes, and regular use can keep your pool water clean. Most chlorinating tablets have abuilt-in stabilizer for protecting your chlorine from sun deterioration. Chlorinating tablets are used in a floating dispenser, automatic chlorinate, or skimmer.

  • Liquid Chlorinate

Liquid chlorine is exactly like the bleach used in most households, but it is stronger than bleach. Application of liquid chlorine is very easy to use,and it is an effective sanitizer. Liquid chlorine has a shorter shelf life than other chlorine products. It cannot be stored more than a few weeks.

  • Step 3: Shock Treatment

Shock treatment can be done weekly. It can keep your pool water clear, remove bad chlorinate odours, protect from eye irritation, and resolve other chemical issues in the water. There are several shock products for your pool maintenance.

  • Products for Shock Treatment

Basic products for shock treatment can help kill bacteria and breakdown residues from cosmetics, perspiration, suntan lotions, and other wastes from swimmers that can’t be filtered from the pool water. Basic shock products can reduce chlorine odour, eye irritation, can keep your pool water sparkling and clear.

  • Step 4: Algaecide

Millions of very tiny microscopic algae can contaminate your pool water after rain or heavy wind storm.
If you want quick results, some algaecides can quickly kill algae and stop them from coming back.

  • Step 5: Cleaning Pool

Cleaning can be done daily and weekly. Use these guidelines:

Regular Cleaning

  • Clean skim debris and keep it out of the pool water.
  • The skimmer baskets need to be kept clean during swimming seasons.

Weekly Cleaning

  • Water tests should be done weekly.
  • The floor and walls will have to be keep clean. You can use cleaners, vacuums, and brushes for pool cleaning.
  • The pool should be hosed down before and after cleaning.

Remember the following overall cleaning precautions:

  • All pool cleaning products need to be kept out of the reach of children.
  • Wear gloves during the cleaning procedure.
  • Don’t mix up household and spa or pool chemicals.
  • Keep dry chlorine in an air-tight packet and do not spill it.
  • Keep flames away from pool cleaning chemicals
  • Use and store all chemicals according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Discard unused chemicals after the pool closes.
  • If you are reopening a pool, buy new cleaning products rather than reusing old ones.
  • Test your allergies before cleaning.

Those pool maintenance procedures can help keep your pool water clean and bacteria-free. You will be able to swim and relax knowing that your pool water is clean.

Author Bio

Thomas Hargreaves is a commercial cleaning expert and he worked in a pool maintenance and cleaning company for long time as a salt water chlorinator. Based on his experience, he always try his best to give realistic advice and tips for swimming pool maintenance and cleaning in his articles.