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Tips To Keep Your Pool Clean

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Just because we know what it takes to keep a pool looking it's best doesn't mean we can't share some of our expertise with you. Whether you just bought a house and have never maintained a pool or you have owned a pool for years and may have forgotten a few things about pool maintenance, here are some tips to help you keep your pool blue!

1 Skim Surface and Clean out Baskets

Floating debris in your pool eventually sinks and becomes difficult to remove. Use a long-handle skimmer net to remove bugs, leaves and other items from your pool's surface as soon as they enter the water. This is the easiest and best way to keep your pool clean and should be done every day or two depending on your pool's location and exposure to debris (dirt, bugs, leaves, etc.). Skimming your surface water and emptying any strainer baskets significantly improves your pool's circulation and reduces the amount of chlorine needed.
2 Brush Walls/Tile and Vacuum

Brushing the walls and tile of your pool removes algae/calcium buildup and should be done along with vacuuming once a week. Use a stiff bristle brush on plaster-lined concrete pools and a softer brush for fiberglass and vinyl pools. Use a soft brush for any tiled surfaces to prevent scratching and wearing away grout. Once your pool is brushed and has had time to settle, now its time for vacuuming. If you have a manual vacuum use overlapping, slow strokes all over the whole pool while trying not to stir up any sediment. After vacuuming it is important to check and clean your filter.
3 Clean the Filter

Whether you have a cartridge, diatomaceous earth or sand style filter, it is important to follow the manufacture's filter cleaning procedures while keeping in mind how often the pool is used. Cleaning too often can actually harm your filter's ability to remove debris. A moderate amount of dirt in the filter helps create more surface area, and in turn, traps more dirt and unwanted particles. Nevertheless, don't let it get too dirty. Determine when your filter needs cleaning by monitoring the flow rate between the pressure gauge and the flow meter. When the difference reaches 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kilograms) per square inch, it is usually time for a good filter cleaning.
4 Maintain Water Level

Water level in the pool will periodically drop due to splashing, exiting the pool and evaporation. Use the time spent skimming your pool's surface to take notice of your water level, never letting it drop below the skimmer. Use a hose to fill the pool back up and always try to maintain a normal water level to ensure your pump doesn't become damaged. It is never good to let a pool sit for long periods of time if you ever have to drain it. A proper water level helps even out ground pressure and helps reduce conditions for fractures and cracks.
5 Sustain the pH Level

Having a good test kit and regularly testing your PH level is important to your pool's health and cleanliness. PH is measured in terms of acidity and alkalinity on a scale of 0 to 14, with a reading between 7.2 and 7.8 being ideal. An ideal PH level is important to swimmers' safety and to permit sanitizers to work at peak effectiveness. There are many different kinds of residential PH test kits, with the two most popular being reagent test kits and test-strips. Both of these kits require you to properly match up the test sample to a chart to determine the PH level of your pool. The chemical type and amount that is needed to bring your water back to a safe PH level depends on your pool's acidity or alkalinity level on the PH scale. Becoming proficient at knowing how to test your water and what to do if the levels are off, are essential skills for keeping a clean pool.
6 Supercholorinate Water

Over time, contaminants like ammonia or nitrogen build to high enough levels to act together with your pool's chlorine to form chloramines. Chloramines have a strong chlorine smell that is frequently related with pools. Eliminating this smell requires you do exactly the opposite that one might think to do in this situation. When your pool's chlorine odor becomes powerful, you have to superchlorinate or "shock" the chlorine back to a normal level in order to make the smell go away. Every pool is different with some pools needing to be superchlorinated more frequently than others. It is always best to follow manufacturer's instructions before attempting to "shock" or superchlorinate and allow for the chlorine levels to return to normal before resuming pool use.
7 Find and Repair Leaks

The water evaporation rate in Florida can be really high sometimes, making it difficult to tell if you have a leak or you are experiencing water loss due to Mother Nature. You may be able to detect a leak in your pool with a simple bucket test. In order to do this, find a plastic bucket and remove any lids or handles. Then fill the bucket with water to ¾ full and mark the water level on the inside of the bucket with a permanent marker. Float the bucket in your pool and mark the bucket's outside at your pool's water level. After the bucket has floated for 2 or 3 days, check the water levels. If the levels are even then you are experiencing evaporation. However, if the pool water level has gone down more than the water inside the bucket, assume you have a leak and seek professional help.
8 Professionally Service the Heater

It is common to overlook your pool's heater since they typically require the least amount of maintenance. Gas heaters can go a couple years without the need to be serviced while electric heaters can last longer. Calcium scales build up inside of your heater's tubes, restricting the flow rate and the ability of the heater to perform its job. Consult the owner's manual for basic care of your heater, but call a professional if you suspect a problem heating your pool. Heavy cleaning procedures for heaters often involve complex disassembly, specialty tools and harmful chemicals to remove the calcium build-up.

These Tips Can Save You Time And Money

Just following these tips from Blue Diamond Pool Care will make sure that your pool stands a fighting chance against becoming that ugly, green thing that no one wants to go near. Proper pool maintenance can be demanding and frustrating sometimes, but the rewards of a beautiful pool make it easy to keep up proper cleaning habits.

If you ever find yourself falling short on pool maintenance or don't have the time for it, call us! We'll show you how our ALWAYS BLUESM service will make your pool sparkle and give you more time to enjoy it.

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