Almost everyone wants a pool in their backyard, but nobody wants a pool with green or slimy water. How do you keep the water in your pool clear and blue? It all comes down to good maintenance habits. Here are four tips to help keep your pool water clear and blue this year.
1. Skim Daily
Do you wait to skim your pool until there's a noticeable amount of debris floating on top of it? By the time the debris has sat for a day or two, it has had time to break down and deteriorate, accumulating mold and bacteria. A better way to keep your pool clean is to do a quick skim daily. Make this a part of your routine before you get into the pool. With this approach, nothing sits for too long in the pool, so your water stays clearer.
2. Fight Spots With Chlorine
After scrubbing the sides of your pool, which you should do about once a week, you may notice some areas that are stained. A good way to get rid of these stains is to fill an old sock with a few chlorine tablets. Put a rock or two in the sock to help it sink to the bottom if needed. Place the sock over the stained area and leave it in place for an hour or two. Once you remove it, the stain should be gone.
3. Backwash Your Filter
Your filter is meant to keep your pool water clean, but if you want it to do a good job, you need to keep the filter itself clean. Achieve this by backwashing the filter about once a week. Most filters just have a backwash setting that you activate by pushing a button or pulling a lever.
4. Put the Filter on a Timer
If you forget to turn the filter on and off every day, your pool will soon grow dirty. You want the filter to run for about 8 to 10 hours a day at minimum. There are filter timers you can buy and plug your filter system into. They will automatically turn the filter on and off so that you don't have to remember to do so yourself.
With the tips above, your pool will stay looking a lot cleaner this coming summer. To learn more, talk to a pool maintenance company in your area. They are equipped to help you deal with more serious issues like deteriorating pool liners and persistent algae growth.
For more information, contact a company like KrisCo Aquatech Pools & Spas.