The idea of having your own pool at your backyard is incredibly awesome. It’s always easy to think of having huge pool parties, fun pool family days, and simply relaxation and tanning in the poolside. But all these wouldn’t be possible, without proper pool maintenance. You wouldn’t want to host a pool party with your friends in a cloudy and dirty pool right? or even relax alongside a green pool.

            Cleaning is the downside of owning a pool. It is a very challenging task. Hence, every pool owner dreams of having a “clean itself pool”. But because there is no such thing, a regular cleaning routine must be followed by heart.

Here is a cleaning routine to help you (you can also read this detailed guide on pool cleaning).

            You must make scrubbing a part of your life. You should skim your pool in a day to day basis by removing all debris floating in the surface of the water. This is quite simple but it could be tiresome when done daily. But nevertheless, this is an important step. You just have to think of how this small step could make a big difference with your pool. Like skimming, scrubbing is also a very important part of your pool maintenance. Brush the sides of your pool especially the areas where algae easily build up.

             Just like our kidney, filters play a very important role in pool maintenance. A filter, from the word itself removes impurities like dirt, leaves, hair, and other debris from your water. Hence, it is important to keep the filter at its optimal function. Here’s how:

  • Turn off the filter and lift the filter basket out.
  • Remove any debris.
  • Use a hose and apply some pressure to spray and remove stubborn dirt inside.
  • You can also soak it in a detergent solution.
  • It is recommended to replace them every 3-5 years for optimal function.

Tip: There are different types of filters used nowadays. One of the most commonly used is the cartridge filter because of its ease in maintenance.

            Remember to maintain consistency in chemical levels.Chemicals are very important to avoid bacteria that cause eyes and skin irritation, and water getting cloudy. It is recommended to test the water weekly to check the level of pH, total alkalinity, chlorine, and calcium hardness. Testing kits are readily available for pool owners to test their own pools. When your pool chemicals are balanced, your pool should then be crystal clear.

Tip: If you are on tight budget and you find chemicals costly, you could give baking soda a try!

            Also, watch out on your pool’s water level. Just as how important your chemical levels are, is the same with maintaining your pool’s water level. Add or drain some to get the exact level after every rainstorm or when your pool is heavily used. Remember to recheck your chemical levels right after.

            Lastly, do not be afraid to shock your pool. Especially when your pool gets cloudy, it is the best time to shock your pool. Shocking involves raising the chlorine level for a period of time to kill bacteria. It should be done at least twice every quarter of the year. Remember to not overdue or shock on a regular basis as this can potentially damage your pool tiles.

Keeping your pool at its best does require a lot of work. But it doesn’t have to be a burden. Once you get the hang of it, it will be a lot easier for you. By incorporating this routine, you will be at ease while swimming around your pool because you know it’s clean and safe to use. Now you can host your dream pool party and spend quality time with your family in your very own pool!