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3 Pool Maintenance Tips that will Make You Proud of Your Pool

3 Pool Maintenance Tips that will Make You Proud of Your Pool

pool maintenance tipsHaving a pool in your home is a sign of not only prosperity but also of your creativity and a great taste. Having a facility to spend quality time at a pool and taking a fantastic exercise like swimming is one of the greatest availabilities of life. However, a great swimming pool needs great maintenance too to look and feel great always. Without proper maintenance, your pool may become a sign of poverty, laziness and poor taste, with algae build up, green water, broken filters and many such things. Here are some easy tips to maintain your pool to a great shape forever.

 

1. Make Scrubbing and Skimming Your Routine

 

If your swimming pool is in your garden, and it generally is, leaves and other debris keep on collecting on its surface. You will have to skim it daily if you want your pool look clean always. Plus, you also have to make a daily habit of scrubbing the sides of the pool to keep algae build-up away. Fortunately, you need not do it quite often. Once every other week is just enough.

 

2. Maintain Consistent Chemical Levels

 

One of the most important aspects of pool maintenance is its chemical levels. If these levels are not proper, the water may look murky, irritate eyes and skin and can promote bacterial growth in the pool water.

The most ideal thing to do is to test water weekly. As per the CDC (Center of Disease Control), levels of five chemicals should be considered.

 

  1. Free Chlorine: A sanitizer that keeps your pool water germ-free and safe
  2. Cyanuric Acid: This protects chlorine from sun and determines the necessary Free Chlorine level. Ideally its level should be 30-50.
  3. Calcium Hardness: Proper levels of this prevent plaster damage. Ideally they should be 220-350, but lower for pools having vinyl siding
  4. Acidity: Also called pH level, acidity should be between 7.5 and 7.8 to keep irritation away and save the pool environment from getting eroded.
  5. Alkalinity: This maintains pH balance. It should be between 60 and 120.

 

You can get testing kits at your local pool store and test the water as per the instructions. When all chemical levels are proper, the water should look crystal clear, should not have odor and should leave a very little deposit on your skin.

 

3. Try Baking Soda

 

Let’s face it, chemicals for pools are an expensive affair. In that case, baking soda can be your life-saver. Baking soda does an excellent job of controlling the alkalinity of pool water without reducing pH levels drastically for a fraction of the price of an expensive chemical.

Follow these tips and you will be proud of your pool.

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