Top tips on how to look after your swimming pool
It’s no secret that swimming pools can be hard work to look after. We tend to ignore them during the colder months and when the warmer months come around, they are in desperate need of pool maintenance and cleaning. If you have an indoor or outdoor pool in Reading, here are our top tips for looking after it.
1. Skim off the debris
Pools are a magnet for leaves, twigs, and other debris that blows through our gardens. As often as possible, you should skim your pool and remove all the stuff floating in the top.
If you allow this to build up, it’s going to clog your filter and cause bigger problems. If you leave your pool unused for periods of time, a cover will avoid the need for skimming and protect your pool from debris.
2. Brush the walls and floor
Over time, mineral deposits, algae, and oils build up on the surfaces of your pool. Eventually, it will create a film on the walls and floor that looks green and slimy. It’s dangerous to use a pool with this grime since it can breed bacteria.
So, to avoid this building up, brush the walls and floor of your pool regularly. If you also add a chemical treatment while you brush, you’ll help dissolve anything that is left behind and keep your pool squeaky clean.
3. Vacuum your pool
This is a more intense job and one you might want to leave to your professional pool cleaners. But vacuuming the bottom of your pool gets rid of dirt and debris that has settled on the bottom.
You can get automatic and handheld pool vacuums. Automatic models are more expensive but do all the work for you.
4. Make sure there is circulation
\the water in your pool needs to circulate through the pump, filter, skimmer, and jets. If left stagnant, algae and bacteria will thrive and make the pool unusable.
In the warmer months, your pump should run for a few hours every day to keep the water moving. Make sure you’re also checking skimmers and removing any debris so the water doesn’t get clogged.
5. Don’t forget chemicals
Consistently check the pH of your pool to make sure it’s safe to swim. The optimum level is between 7.2 and 7.6, which is neutral. Anything lower is too acidic and will erode your pool over time. Anything high is too alkaline which will lead to scaling and cloudy water.
We recommend testing your pool water before each use to make sure it’s safe for family and friends.
Book pool maintenance in Reading
If all of these chores seem like a lot of work, we are here to help. Our team of swimming pool specialists provide regular maintenance for pool owners throughout Reading. We’ll visit regularly for cleaning, servicing, safety checks, and more to make sure your pool is always in the best condition.
Call us today for more information: 0118 940 4221