Pool Maintenance Made Easy
Maintaining a pool during summer in Australia can be time-consuming and expensive. This is true, especially if you’re a first-time pool owner: the heat, the dirt, dry leaves, and algae that you need to rid almost every day can take you by surprise!
So to make it easier to keep your pool clear, sparkling, and always ready for a dip, here are our top tips for easier pool maintenance.
Check the debris from the surface of your pool
Briefly checking your pool surface is probably the most convenient and fastest approach towards maintaining pool cleanliness.
Floating debris like pollen, bugs, and leaves usually stay afloat for three to four hours before eventually sinking to the bottom of the pool. Once it is at the bottom, it becomes harder to remove it and it becomes food for algal growth. The longer that the debris stays in your pool, the faster it decomposes and this results in free chlorine depletion.
Remove the debris collected by your skimmer baskets regularly. Never allow debris sucked into the skimmers brew because it will be only pumped back to the surface of your pool.
To help you save time and effort, skim your pool and empty your skimmer baskets at least once daily, especially if you do not have a pool cover. But if you do, you can do this at least three or four times weekly.
Throw one or two tennis balls into your pool
Here’s another practical and inexpensive but effective pool maintenance technique that we love: Instead of buying a cleaning system or chlorinator to clear your pool of surface oils caused by hair and body products like makeup and suntan lotions, throw one or two tennis balls into your pool.
Surface oils make the pool water cloudy and eventually, deplete the pool’s free chlorine levels. When a tennis ball is thrown to your pool, the oils are absorbed by the ball’s fluffy surface. Newer tennis balls are more effective compared to the older ones.
Regularly clean your pool
You do not need to buy expensive equipment or spend a lot of time cleaning if you clean your pool regularly. That’s why it’s highly recommended to clean your pool thoroughly at least once every week.
Brush the ladders, tile-line, and pool walls. Brushing surfaces and walls will lessen the accumulation of mineral deposits and algae that can result in cloudy pool water. It's similar to the brushing of one's teeth.
For pools made of concrete or plaster, you need to use a stiff brush. As for vinyl, fiberglass, or tiles, a soft brush should be utilized.
You should also vacuum the pool manually. But before doing so, you need to remove any unwanted dirt and clean the pump basket. If you have a sand filter, you can also do the backwashing and rinsing of your pool.
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Check the chemical levels of your pool
One of the most effective ways to maintain the perfect condition of your pool is to maintain its chemical levels. Make sure to monitor your pool's pH, calcium hardness, total alkalinity, and chlorine levels regularly.
In the absence of frequent disinfection, bacteria may accumulate in pools which can lead to serious health hazards. To combat this, your pool must have chlorine to keep it clean and sanitised. However the chlorine level must not be too high or the pool users will experience skin itching and reddening of the eyes. The most ideal chlorine level is 1 to 3 parts per million (ppm).
Manual chlorination is the most effective but least expensive way to clean your pool. By doing this, you’ll avoid buying expensive equipment and save you more money.
You also need to check your pool's pH level at least twice weekly, or daily if your pool is used to the maximum. This can usually be done in the early evening after the last person has gone out of the pool. The ph level ideal is between 7.4 to 7.6, which balances the acidity and alkalinity of the pool.
If the ph value is lower than 7.4, the water becomes acidic. On the other hand, a pool with a higher ph level has more alkaline, which will reduce the effectiveness of the chlorine. It will also result in cloudy water and damage to your pool equipment.
Lastly, calcium hardness determines the hardness or softness of your pool water. If the calcium hardness is too low, the water can erode the metals and plastering of your pool. Meanwhile, you’ll get cloudy pool water if the water is too hard, which will also scale your pool equipment. So, make sure to keep your pool’s calcium hardness between 200 to 400 ppm to keep the water in good condition.
Use water shocking
Based on how frequent your pool is being used, ammonia and other nitrogen compounds may accumulate in the water. These substances may interact with chlorine, which leads to the formation of chloramines that cause water cloudiness or the emission of a foul "chlorine" odor.
To save time and effort, water shocking once a week through the addition of a large amount of chlorine removes chloramines, bacteria, and other toxins. This method also aids in the prevention of future possible problems that include algal growth.
Moreover, the best time to do this method is at dusk, wherein your filter system needs to run overnight. This is because ultraviolet light (UV) from sunlight easily degrades chlorine. The addition of chlorine at night means it can work without UV degradation. Also, chlorine is more useful at night instead of during the day since it neutralizes what has been applied to the water before swimming.
Pool water shocking can be done less regularly, typically every ten days to weeks, especially if you have a pool cover.
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Always keep pumice stones
If the grout between tiles, concrete liner, or plaster of your pool begins to show some signs of algal growth, frequent brushing will not get rid of it. But before you splurge on expensive and bulky pool cleaning equipment, use a pumice stone instead.
Rub the affected area with a pumice stone. The delicate yet abrasive property of the pumice can penetrate the external protective layer of algae, especially during its early growth stages without any damage to the pool surface or the grout of tiles. Thus, this will enable your pool chemicals to work together in destroying algal growth.
Check the stabiliser level of your pool
If your stabilizer level is not correct, the chlorine will not be able to perform its task and your pool will have all types of issues.
Since sunlight degrades chlorine, a pool stabilizer (cyanuric acid) decelerates the process and elevates the chlorine lifespan in your pool by about five to ten times. Nevertheless, the stabilizer level needs to be kept at 30 to 60 parts ppm. Below this level, degradation of chlorine quickly occurs. Yet, above this particular level, no marginal benefit is observed and at anything that is above 100 ppm, the stabilizer hinders the chlorine from water sanitization.
Generally, if the stabilizer level of your pool is in the ideal range, then cleaning it up will not take too much time, effort, and money.
Consult Burleigh Pools
Pool maintenance doesn’t have to be so costly and time-consuming. With our top tips for pool maintenance, you will save money and time in keeping your swimming pool safe and clean. However, if your pool remains hard to clean after following these tips, then it’s best to consult pool experts like Burleigh Pools.
We have a team of builders that can immediately determine a faulty pool system and help fix it for you. Winner of the Pool Builder of the Year award, Burleigh Pools have been providing homes on the Gold Coast with high-quality inground pools for many years.
Contact Burleigh Pools today at 07 5576 0500 to book a consultation or to build a new stylish swimming pool for your property.Back To Articles