Are you considering having a pool installed? If so, you may have many questions. One thing you may be wondering is what type of maintenance or care a pool really needs. Here is a checklist of different things that your pool may need to be done on a weekly basis.
Remove Large Debris
Once a week, take the time to walk around your pool and remove any large debris or accumulation of debris that may have settled in the bottom of the pool. This includes sweeping dirt from the bottom of the pool and removing sticks that may have sunk to the bottom of the pool or may be floating on the top.
Remove Surface Leaves
After removing large debris, grab your skimmer net and remove any leaves that may be sitting on the surface of your pool. Your filtration system may not remove leaves, and even if it does, those leaves can clog your filters. As such, you want to remove them by hand when possible.
Check Filters and Baskets
Speaking of filters, once a week check your filters and baskets. Remove any debris from the basket, such as leaves and insects. If needed, remove your filters and spray them with a hose to remove debris that is on them. After spraying the filter down, inspect the filter for tearing and excess wear. If the filter is in good condition, it can be reused. If it is not, it needs to be replaced.
Check the Water Levels
The water level in your pool needs to be high enough or the filter system won't work. Check the water level to ensure the filtration system works. Turn on your filter and see if water is being sucked out and pushed back in the pool. If it is not, your water level may be too low.
Test Chemical Levels
Another thing that needs to be done weekly is to test the chemical levels in your pool. This includes the alkalinity, pH and chlorine levels. A pool chemical testing kit makes this a breeze.
Adjust Chemical Levels
If your chemical levels are not where you need them to be, you will need to adjust them. This may include adding more or less chlorine based on your readings.
Add Algaecide If Needed
If your pool's chemical levels are off, or if your pool is showing signs of algae growth, you may want to add algaecide. Algaecide can be used as a preventative measure when your chemical readings are off to prevent algae growth or when needed to kill algae that is forming.
Shock the Pool If Necessary
Lastly, if needed, shock your pool. If your pool has low levels of chlorine or the pool is cloudy or dirty, it may need to be shocked. This helps to get chlorine in your pool quickly, helping to clean your pool water fast.
If you decide to have a pool installed, the pool needs to be properly cared for and maintained. This keeps it sanitary to swim in, but also helps to ensure your pool looks great and lasts. If you are interested in learning more about having a built-in pool installed, contact us at Pierce Pools & Outdoor Visions to learn more today.