When you think of putting a custom swimming pool in your backyard, most people don’t consider what is required to maintain it. You need to clean it, maintain the pool PH balance and cover it. We have created a checklist for your swimming pool if you aren’t planning on hiring someone to maintain it for you.
1. Clean Your Pool
This may seem obvious to you, or simple but it is a task that needs to be done daily. You will want to skim your pool to remove bugs, leaves, dirt and other debris. You will also need a pool vacuum to clean the bottom of the pool as well. There are robotic pool vacuums that make it a lot easier on you. Yes, regular pool maintenance is time consuming.
2. Check Chemical Levels
This one is a bit tricky. You will need to check your PH balance, the chlorine and alkalinity because you add chemicals to you’re your pool water clean. Depending on where you live and what the weather is like, the chemical make up of your pool can change. If the levels are off, it can cause damage to your pool or worse skin issues or even sickness. You will need a pool water test kit and test it every couple of days.
3. Install A Swimming Pool Cover
Most people think that a pool cover is too much of a hassle and not something that they want to invest in. Depending on where you live, a pool cover will be necessary. Pool covers keep debris out of the pool. Some of them actually can use the sunlight to warm the pool as well!
4. Shock A Swimming Pool
What in the world is shocking a swimming pool, you might ask. Basically it is adding a high amount of chlorine to the pool to kill bacteria that is living in the water. You will want to do this after a bunch of neighborhood kids are in it, or after a pool party, and especially if you notice that your pool is getting cloudy. You will be able to know the correct amount of chlorine that is used for shocking the pool from your pool builder or the previous homeowners.
5. Clean The Pool Deck
Leaves, rocks and dirt on the deck will certainly end up in your pool at some point. If you keep the deck clean, you probably won’t have as much debris in your pool to skim.
We hope these tips help you keep up with your pool maintenance so that you can enjoy your backyard and your time in the pool all season long.