So you final got an in-ground swimming pool? That’s great! Of course, pool ownership is not all about the perks. Forgo proper maintenance, and you’ll soon be swimming in cloudy, debris-filled water. To maintain optimal water quality, be sure to practice these must-do maintenance steps:
Check the Skimmer Basket
Dirt and debris may fall into your pool and clog the pipes. Fortunately, your pool skimmer sucks them away from the water’s surface. Of course, you have to clean out the skimmer basket every day or the gunk will get backed up.
Test the Waters
At least twice a week, check your pool’s pH and chlorine levels. Ideal pH levels should be 7.4 to 7.6, while chlorine concentration must be around 1.0 to 3.0 parts per million. Always have testing strips on hand, and conduct the test at dusk at least four hours after the last pool use.
…And Shock it, Too
No, don’t drop the blender into the pool! Shocking the water means adding three to five times the normal amount of chlorine to kill of the bacteria and algae in the water. Do this once a month, but wait at least 24 hours before taking a dip in the pool.
By performing the necessary upkeep, you and your family can have a smashing time in your pool every day.