How to Clean a Swimming Pool
Owning a swimming is not a build and forget undertaking. Just like any other property, it needs you to look after it through regular maintenance. Part of swimming pool maintenance is regular cleaning. However when it comes to cleaning a swimming pool it’s not like washing your car or bathroom. That is why in this guide we will help you know how to clean a swimming pool efficiently to ensure it is safe to swim in.
How to clean a swimming pool- Equipment needed
Telescopic pole- a telescopic pole is a rod that can be attached to different pool cleaning equipment like pool brush, skimmer net and manual vacuum. However you can use a rod/handle and for the brushes you can have each attached to a permanent handle. This can be a cheaper alternative to the telescopic pole.
Skimmer net- the skimmer net is used to skim out floating debris like leaves, papers and anything that can float on the pool water a very common occurrence with outdoor swimming pools.
Pool brush- a pool brush is just a brush that you use to scrub the floor or side walls of the pool. There are two types needed here. One for the side walls and ladder and another one for the floor.
Manual pool vacuum- a pool vacuum is used to suck out debris that has settled on the floor of the pool. It is more recommended over some automatic pool cleaners because it can be more thorough and since you are controlling it you can tell when you are done. The downside is that it is labour intensive especially if you have a big swimming pool like Olympic size pools.
Automatic pool cleaner also known as robotic pool cleaner- an automatic pool cleaner does the cleaning automatically on its own. However some might not be as efficient as manual cleaning and of course it is more expensive. If you go for the high end cleaners they will do a pretty good job of cleaning the pool.
How to clean a swimming pool- procedure
- Step one- Ensure you have all the right equipment and chemicals. The first thing before starting to clean your pool is to check if you have all the equipment and chemicals needed.
- Step two- check if the equipment is working and if the chemicals have expired. Checking if the equipment is functional and if the chemicals have expired will save you a lot of trouble when cleaning. Also if the chemicals have expired they can be dangerous to pool users.
- Step three- skim out floating debris. This is where the skimmer comes in handy. Use it to skim any floating debris like leaves, dead insects, seeds, papers etc.
- Step four- brush the sides, ladder/stairs. Use the right brush for this task. The one that is designed to efficiently clean the sides. This helps remove any algae that might be forming on the sides or remove any debris that might be stuck of the sides of the pool.
- Step five- clean the floor. For outdoor pools, dust tends to settle at the floor which can stain the floor. Here you have two ways of doing it; if you have a vacuum cleaner then this is the right equipment to use because it takes care of the debris that has settled at the floor. The other method if you don’t have a vacuum cleaner is using the brush and then allow the pool filter to take care of the debris. This is the traditional way of doing it but can be a disadvantage in the presence of large pieces of debris like twigs, stones, spoons etc.
- Step six- unclog the pool filter. To avoid the filter clogging every often, a vacuum cleaner is used. However the filter can still clog especially if you don’t use a vacuum cleaner and you therefore have to regularly unclog it from debris. A good strategy to avoid regular clogging is to make sure the area around the filter is free of debris. A pool cover when the pool is not in use can really be helpful.
One disadvantage of manual cleaning using a brush is that you have to find a way of removing the larger particles that might have fallen in the pool. Either way in some instances like during a storm twigs might fall in the pool if it’s not covered. In this case you need a pool rake to remove the twigs. To avoid damage on pool walls and floor getting scratched you should use a plastic rake.
- Step seven- check PH levels of your pool water. The recommended PH levels of pool water is between 7.2 and 7.8. But always try to achieve 7.4-7.6 PH levels all the time. You might need to use PH increaser or reducer to attain this level. To measure PH level get a reliable PH tester/meter from pool equipment and chemical suppliers.
How to clean a swimming pool- conclusion
Regular swimming pool cleaning can help your swimming pool stay safe for use whenever you need to. Apart from cleaning, you need to use the right chemicals that: sanitize the water, ensure the right levels of PH are maintained, prevent algae from growing, ensure right hardness of the water is maintained and prevent metals like iron and copper that is common in piped water from forming and colouring the water or damaging pumps, heaters and filters.
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