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It’s likely that investing in a pool for your back garden cost you a lot of money. It’s therefore crucial that you’re aware of the steps you need to take to maintain it in order to prolong its lifespan. Pool maintenance can cost a lot of money if you pay someone to do it for you, and whilst it’s a good idea to leave it to the professionals, here are some tips for keeping your pool in the best condition possible in between visits from the maintenance guy.
Clearing debris from the surface of your pool will keep it looking presentable, and the daily clearing of debris will ensure no floating bugs ever sink to the bottom where they’re more difficult to reach. A swimming pool brush with a long handle will ensure you can walk safely around the pool whilst reaching debris in the centre. Make sure you buy one according to the size of your pool; you don’t want to overreach and topple in!
Check the pH
Regularly checking the pH levels of your swimming pool will allow you to identify any problem before algae begins to attack. Algae can contain harmful bacteria such as E. coli, so it’s really important that you don’t give it the chance to grow in your pool. Your swimming pool’s pH levels should be between 7.6 and 7.8, as otherwise chlorine won’t work as efficiently at keeping algae growth at bay.
Protect the tiles
The tiles surrounding your pool will need to be protected from chlorine spray, grime and lime scale or you’ll be left with sparkling water surrounded by dirty tiles. You can apply a protective coating like the ones from Barrier Components to any ceramic tiles or grouting around your pool area to ensure it looks as well maintained as the water itself.
Maintain chlorine levels
Chlorine prevents organic matter from developing in your swimming pool, so it’s important to maintain your chlorine level and ensure it sits between 1 – 3 ppm. Chlorine needs to be added gradually to a pool and should never be dumped in bulk, so floating and automatic chlorine filters are the simplest way to make sure you’re doing it correctly.
Cut back foliage
If you have any trees or large plants that hang above your pool, considering cutting them back to avoid too much debris falling into the water. It’ll save you time on clearing it all out and keep your pool cleaner for longer.