An inground pool not only offers entertainment, leisure, and exercise opportunities, but it can also increase the value of your home. That is if you take great care of it. Your pool maintenance schedule should consist of a few weekly and monthly tasks as well as several daily tips:
During the warm months when the pool is the most popular hang-out spot, you should check the pH and chlorine levels at least twice per week. The water should maintain a pH range of 7.4 to 7.6 and a chlorine level of 1.0 to 3.0 parts per million. A good time to test the water is about four hours after all swimmers have left the water. If a rain or wind storm has occurred, test the water at least eight hours after.
The pool should be cleaned once a week, which includes skimming the debris from the water and emptying the skimmer baskets. Use a pool vacuum to remove debris from the bottom of the pool and skim the surface with a cleaning net. Apply pool surface cleaner to the waterline on the walls of your pool and scrub with a pool brush.
The pool water should be shocked once per week. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions as the amount of shock you use will vary based on the chlorine product and the amount of water in your pool. Swimming should be avoided for at least 24 hours after shocking the pool, so shock it at dusk and allow the pump and filter to run overnight.
Before the start of the off-season, inspect your pool before closing it down. Winter temperatures can make damages worse, so look for cracks, leaks, or any other damage. You will want to fix any of these issues before you close the pool for the season. Test the water’s chemical levels and adjust accordingly. Remove all objects of the pool, including any objects that are submerged in the water.
Drain the water from the pump, filter, heater, and all associated tubing. However, do not drain all the water from the pool. Simply reduce the water level until it is below the lowest pool return. If the walls are decorated with tile, the water level should be below the tiles when you are closing your pool.
Cover your pool with a safety cover and inspect it every few weeks to ensure there is no damage.
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