Having a swimming pool in your backyard is exciting. You probably have the gear you like, and you can swim anytime once it is set up. You can also invite your friends over for some BBQ fun. But pools are not just about having fun. A common misconception about swimming pools is that they last for years. Well, they should last for a long time, but their lifespan depends on pool maintenance schedules.
Being a pool owner has exclusive perks, but it also comes with significant responsibilities. Maintaining your pool is one of the most important duties to ensure the pool’s life does not shorten drastically. And it’s something you need to do all year round.
As seasons change, so do the needs of your pool. Don’t worry; it’s not an intimidating task. All you need to do is to remember the seasonal tips below on how to keep the pool in its best shape.
Summer is just around the corner. But before that, you have to deal with spring first. Springtime is prep time. Your swimming pool should be ready for the hot summer days. Therefore, spring is when you should make sure the water, edges, and surfaces are all sparkling clean.
Here are some tips for spring pool care:
- Clean the pool carefully. If you used winter cover, get rid of all debris and water before removing it.
- Take the time to vacuum the floor and walls of the pool.
- Make sure that the pump is working properly. You may want to call a pool care technician to have your pool equipment checked and serviced if required.
- Check that there are no leaks. You may also want to check the fittings.
- Every two weeks, you should devote your time to assessing the water’s chlorine and pH levels.
You may want to check the water level from time to time. It should be halfway up the opening of your skimmer box.
- Always empty the skimmer basket when full.
- You should have the pool lights on for at least 30 minutes per week. Doing so avoids moisture build-up, which can affect the lights and wiring.
If you shock the water, remember to run the filtrations system for about 24 hours or more. It will help guarantee that pool water is safe and clean. When shocking your pool, do it at dusk or before the sun shines brightly. Otherwise, the warmth will burn off the chemicals, which cancels their efficiency.
By preparing for summer during springtime, you help lessen the volume of tasks you need to do to care for your pool. However, summer is when swimming pools get so busy. Your pool demands constant attention from you. The warm weather also invites various elements that do not make your job easier. But with planning, pool maintenance can become more manageable for you.
Here is a list of your summer pool care tasks:
- Maintain the chlorine levels of the water between 1 and 3 PPM.
- The pool’s pH should be at the lower end of the spectrum. We recommend pH to be as close to 7.8 as possible.
- Alkalinity should be checked, as well. We recommend 180 PPM.
- Calcium hardness should be between 150 and 250 PPM. Hard water is preferred because soft water can absorb more calcium, a mineral that it will take from the tile grout.
- Chlorine loss is a common problem during hot summer days. Make sure there is at least 30 PPM cyanuric acid to prevent UV rays from dissolving chlorine.
- Algae can grow, too. Often, they are a result of neglected growth during the colder months. Use an algaecide to eradicate them.
- Chemical treatments are typically best performed twice per week.
- You may also want to shock the pool. This time, do it every week.
- You will need to regularly skim off any debris and vacuum whenever necessary or at least once a week.
- Skimming and brushing can be done twice weekly.
- As for the filtration system, you should run it for at least 12 hours daily. If possible, keep it running for the whole day.
- Check the water level frequently. If it is not in the middle of the skimmer opening, fill it up until it reaches that part.
- Once water is at the correct level, let it circulate for about eight hours or more. This way, new and old water will mix.
The steps above will help maintain crystal clear and healthy water. Always do them on a schedule before letting anyone dive into the pool.
It’s time to wind down for autumn. But autumn in Perth is still warm and sunny, although the nights are cooler. The average temperatures range from 13.7 to 26 degrees Celsius or 56.6 – 78.8°F. Sometimes, there’s humidity and occasional showers. As for your pool maintenance tasks, they pretty much stay the same as they were in the summer. However, you may not need to do more chemical treatments, especially if the pool will be a lot less busy. You still need to test it regularly, though.
Autumn is the time when you need to skim and clean more frequently. Leaves will start falling, and they tend to find their way into the pool water.
Here are additional tasks during the autumn season:
- Reduce both water and chlorine level, especially for those with salt pools.
- Filtration hours can just be around two to three hours daily.
- Turn off the pump and make sure that all types of equipment are drained, particularly if you will close the pool in preparation for winter.
Now is the time to winterise your pool. You can purchase a winter treatment kit, which will help keep your pool water stable, clean, and safe.
It’s hibernation time, which means you can relax and take some time to enjoy your time indoors. Your pool will require less care at this point. Winters are usually when swimming pools are barely used.
If you choose to cover your pool, make sure it is covered completely. Perth has a warmer climate even during winter. Therefore, pool covers are unnecessary.
Meanwhile, here are the other tasks you need to do for winter pool maintenance:
- Check chlorine and pH levels fortnightly.
- Empty the skimmer basket whenever it is full.
- Give it a good clean, meaning you need to clean skimmers and filters, as well.
- Clean the pool to eliminate algae that are forming.
- At the beginning of winter, balancing pool chemicals was a good idea. Alkalinity and pH should always be correct.
- Add a dose of algaecide.
Rebalancing your pool is part of the process. Therefore, you need to run the filter for eight hours or more. That way, chemicals will mix thoroughly. Since likely, you will not use the pool for a while, you should remove and clean the ladders and diving board before storing them.
It should not be tough and complicated to keep your pool in top shape. The secret lies in your dedication to follow a year-round routine. Pool maintenance should start the moment the pool was set up. It is time-consuming and often challenging. However, it is your responsibility to do things right. This way, you can fully enjoy the pool without worrying about its cleanliness and safety.