If you want your in-ground swimming pool to look its best all year long, it’s important that you keep it up and running. This will require some work from you, but it’ll be worth it when you get to enjoy your beautiful backyard oasis. Here’s what you need to know about maintaining your pool.
1. Use a Swimming Pool Cover
A great way to keep the water clean and safe is to use in-ground pool covers. The covers keep out leaves, insects, and other debris that can clog filters or cause damage to your equipment. The covers also help prevent the evaporation of water, which means you won’t have to add as much chlorine into your pool throughout the year.
In addition to keeping out leaves and dirt, these covers will also keep unwanted guests out of your swimming area. You may need something more heavy-duty than a standard plastic tarp if you are concerned with people jumping into your pool while they’re closed up for the season.
2. Brush the Pool
Clean the pool thoroughly before adding chemicals. If you’re using a rocket-activated cleaner, be sure that it’s in place and connected properly before starting your pump. And brush the pool with a soft brush to remove dirt, algae, and contaminants from the vinyl liner surface. You may want to use a stiff brush on plaster pools if they are heavily stained or have rough surfaces.
3. Check Water Chemistry and pH Balance
The ideal pH balance for a swimming pool is 7.2-7.6. If your system is in good condition, it is likely that your pH balance will be within this range. If not, there are several things you can do to correct it:
Check the amount of chlorine in your pool’s water using test strips or a digital tester. If you have too much chlorine in your system, try adding an acid such as muriatic acid to decrease its concentration by adding an equal amount of sodium bisulfate (sodium bicarbonate). On the other hand, if you have too little chlorine or none at all (the case may arise if someone has been swimming without properly showering), add more granular calcium hypochlorite until the color of the water turns from cloudy to clear after about 30 minutes. Test again with a sodium thiosulfate test kit; if levels are still low after four hours then add more granular calcium hypochlorite again until they reach 0 ppm (parts per million) total residual chlorine; then retest with a sodium thiosulfate test kit after 30 minutes so that levels do not rise above 0 ppm total residual chlorine before cleaning up any spills from handling these products carefully due to their corrosive nature.
4. Vacuum Your Pool
To maintain your pool, it’s important that you vacuum the pool at least once a week. If you have a larger pool, you may need to vacuum more often to remove debris from the entire surface of the water and the bottom of your pool. Using good quality equipment will save time and money in the long run.
Since vacuuming is an essential part of maintaining your swimming pool, here are some tips on how to do it properly: Use a good quality vacuum hose and vacuum head. The right tools will make all the difference when cleaning out small cracks and crevices that accumulate dirt over time. You can also use different attachments like leaf nets or brushes to remove stubborn debris from hard-to-reach areas such as corners or stairs leading into deeper areas of your swimming pools such as diving boards; however, these items can be costly depending on how much wear they get over time so consider investing in one if possible.
5. Scrub the Tiles
Use a pool brush to scrub the tiles. This tool has bristles made of soft plastic and is used to clean stains off of the pool floor and walls. It can be used with either soap or bleach, but it works best when you use it with one of these two cleaning agents. Use a soft-bristled brush for corners and edges. The handle is flexible so that you can reach into small places where debris is likely to collect if not regularly cleaned out. And use a stiff brush for stubborn stains on your tiles that won’t come off with just water or soap/bleach solution (e.g., rust). You want this type of material because it has stiffer bristles than most other types they’re made up of plastic fibers instead of nylon like most others and they’ll last longer without breaking apart over time.
6. Check for Repairs
Check for cracks, holes, and leaks. If you find any of these problems in your pool, they need to be repaired right away. Check the drain and skimmer baskets. If they’re damaged or missing, they should be replaced as soon as possible. And check the pump, filter, and chlorinator if any of these items are no longer working properly (or if a piece is missing), it should be replaced with a new one before using the pool again so that you don’t risk damaging your pool’s other components during use or causing unsafe levels of bacteria to form in its water due to prolonged exposure time between normal cleaning cycles.
Also, check whether there are any missing parts on this equipment if there are multiple pieces missing from one item (like when only half of a filter cartridge’s pleats are present), replace it entirely instead because doing so could cause issues down the line such as increased energy usage since less surface area would mean less filtration capacity; however, if all parts seem fine then simply reassemble before continuing on with regular maintenance procedures.
Now that you know how to maintain your in-ground swimming pool, it’s time to get started. The most important thing is for you to be aware of what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. You may also want to invest in some tools that will make the process easier for you.