It is no longer news that a small pool in your home provides entertainment and leisure for you and your family. There is no better way to enjoy a hot day or afternoon than diving into the cool blue water of a swimming pool in your own backyard.
A small swimming pool in your home serves as a good way to exercise your body and as well increases the value of your home. However, to enjoy the comfort of your pool and prolong its attractive clear blue water you need to carry out some maintenance routine.
A backyard pool should be a source of fun for you and your family but maintaining a swimming pool often becomes a burden for pool owners.
There are 2 ways to maintain your pool: hire pool professionals or do it yourself.
If you are a do it yourself kind of person, keep reading because this article is for you.
Maintaining your small pool is a three-way thing; Circulation, Cleaning, and Chemistry.
Here are some helpful tips to successfully maintain your pool all by yourself.
Small Pool Circulation & Filtration
It is essential to know circulation is the most important thing in pool maintenance. Most owners are ignoring the fact that circulation pumps are very important in keeping your pool clean and fresh.
With a good circulation in your pool, you will be less worried about it having issues such as cloudy water and algae. You can easily clean and filter the water in your spool with a proper circulation.
Spool circulation serves as a stirring mechanism for your pool as it helps ensure chemicals applied to the water spreads.
For how long a pool pump and filter should run has always been a difficult thing to decide by most spool owners, it is, however, ideal that a pool pump should run 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Some may not find it easy to do this, but the pump should not run for less than 12 hours a day.
There are different types of pool pumps such as the single speed pumps, the dual speed pumps and the variable speed pumps all with different cost of purchase and of course cost of maintenance.
Coupled with the pump is the filter which is perhaps the most important part of pool equipment and helps to remove dirt and debris from the pool. It is advisable for maximum filtration to backwash your filter regularly.
Cleaning Your Small Pool
Cleaning a spool can seem so tasking but is a necessity to maintain a healthy and good looking spool. You need to carry out some of the cleaning routines at least twice a week.
Brushing Your Pool
It is important you brush the walls of your spool as well as the steps and floors to get rid of dirt, debris, and algae.
To avoid debris sinking down to the bottom of the pool, it is advisable to skim the water every day. You also need to check the skimmer baskets every day to remove the dirt and debris it has collected.
Vacuum Your Pool
Vacuum your pool for about 30 minutes moving slowly across the water in an overlapping parallel manner.
Whether you are using a handheld manual vacuum, robotic vacuum, automatic pressure side or suction side vacuum it is recommended that you vacuum your spool at least twice or thrice in a week.
It is essential to check the PH and chlorine level of your pool at least twice in a week. The standard recommended PH range for your pool is between 7.4 to 7.6 and a chlorine level of 1.0 to 3.0 ppm (parts per million).
The PH and chlorine level test should be carried out about 4 hours after use and at least 8 hours after rain or wind storm. It is important to follow the direction provided by the manufacturers of your chosen testing strips.
Before adding any chemical to your pool, you need to carry out the PH and chlorine level of the water to know if there’s need to add any chemical or not. It is also important to know the purpose of the chemical and its effect both on the water and on the people that make use of the pool.
Chlorine help to sterilize the water in your pool from unwanted contaminants and they come in different forms from which you can choose.
Otherwise known as cyanuric acid help prevent the sun from eating up the chlorine added to your pool.
Chlorine added to your pool is not stable and hence does not last long to protect your pool from bacteria and other harmful pollutants.
Chlorine does not last long in the pool without a chlorine stabilizer because it gets oxidized quickly by the sun.
Algae are small plants often found in water. Algaecide prevents your pool water from being contaminated by algae.
To summarize this article, it is recommended you have a maintenance schedule for your spool and make sure you strictly follow your schedule. When you carry out your daily pool maintenance routine, you will have nothing to be worried about using it.
With regular maintenance, your spool retains its relevance and will continue to be attractive to you.