One of the most difficult, and sometimes annoying, aspects of owning a pool is maintaining them. It can be very easy to get overwhelmed by keeping up with cleaning your pool so we came up with some tips to help make your pool cleaning experience a little less stressful.
The first part to cleaning your pool is the most simple, skimming the surface of the water. This can be a little more difficult if you have trees around your pool or are in a more wooded area. So to help with areas like this you can get a leaf net, which is a mesh cover that you can put on your pool to help keep the bigger degree from hitting the water. You can get yours by pool size here. Again, this will not stop all debris but will certainly make it easier to skim the surface of the water.
The next step would be to brush the walls of your pool. You usually only have to do this is you start seeing algae developing. You want to start to brush the algae off at the first sign of growth, and shock the pool immediately, while continuously running the filter. You can use your brush to scrub the walls and get the corners of the pool where you think the vacuum will not reach. We recommend you get a brush with softer bristles and brush gently to avoid making pinholes in your liner.
Now it's time vacuum. There are a couple ways to vacuum your pool. The most common for above and semi in-ground pools would be to use your existing filter. For this you attach one end of your vacuum hose to your skimmer, and star to fill the hose with water to help initiate a prime. Next attach skimmer pole and other end of your hose to the vacuum head. Completely submerge your setup in the water and turn on the filter. Similar to brushing your pool, be gentle with the bristles of the vacuum head on your liner floor.
Last step is to clean your filter. There are three different types of filters, and each one gets cleaned differently. For Cartridge filters you simply open the filter and remove the cartridge. You can just hose it down with water or for a more thorough clean you can purchase a filter cleaner. The best way to clean D.E. (Diatomaceous Earth) filters is the same way as cartridge, however it’s not necessary all the time. You can simply turn the filter off and bump the backwash handle out the waste valve. Do this until the water coming out the waste is clear, and add more D.E. The last type of filters are sand filters. Sand filters have a multi-port either at the top or the side of the filter that has a handle with different settings. Turn the filter off and place the setting into backwash and turn the filter on for 1-2 minutes. Now turn the filter off and place handle into rinse mode and turn it back on. Let run for about 30 seconds. You have successfully backwashed your filter. For a more in-depth reading on how to backwash each type of filter specifically, check out our backwashing blog.
These four tips, along with proper chemical balance. Will help ensure your pool stays Crystal clear throughout your pool season.
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