| BASIC INFORMATION|
During peak swimming season, between 4-8 hours of routine pool maintenance is required per week to keep your pool clean & inviting. Basic equipment needed for routine maintenance includes: a brush, leaf skimmer, vacuum and water test kit.
|There are two basic types of vacuum cleaners: |
One works as part of the filter system and gets hooked to the vacuum inlet. As it is pushed slowly around the bottom of the pool, dirt and debris is pulled in. Leaves and large objects are caught by the pump strainer while smaller particles get removed by the filter before the clear water is returned to the pool.
The second is a jet cleaner, frequently used in pools that do not have a vacuum fitting. It is easily assembled and moves rapidly across the pool surface like a carpet sweeper. The movement of the water stirs up dirt and debris from bottom of the pool and it is pulled into a filter bag.
|Brushes are required for cleaning pool walls. A nylon brush is recommended for general cleaning and scrubbing, and a stainless steel brush is recommended for removing algae, rust stains and entrenched dirt.|
| ||A Leaf Skimmer is a frame with a plastic mesh skimming net attached. Skimmers are available in a variety of sizes and styles.|
Correct maintenance of the pool water is the most important element in pool care. Prevention, rather than cure, is the key to a chemically safe and attractive pool. A regular system of cleaning and purifying, under normal conditions, will prevent any serious problems from developing. Carefully follow all instructions on pool chemicals and call a pool maintenance service or store with any questions.
If you choose to hire a professional pool maintenance company, make sure that a full-service contract includes weekly inspections and cleaning.
- The best time to test the water is in the evening, before adding chemicals and again first thing in the morning to ensure it is suitable for the days bathing.
- If the swimming pool is used heavily then water tests should be carried out at least three times a day.
- The ideal pH level for pool water is pH 7.5
- Strong sunlight can reduce the amount of Chlorine in a swimming pool, therefore, monitor levels closely during hot sunny spells.
- Pool water should generally appear clear blue in colour, any variations, such as cloudiness, may be caused by bacterial or algae growth, suspended matter or other contamination which must not be ignored.
- Check water at the return flow of water to the pool and add any chemicals at this point as well to ensure effective mixing with filtered water.
- Regularly clean pool surfaces including the waterline to ensure that sun-oils, body fats, algae, airborne pollution and other dirt is not left to build up.
- Pool surround paving slabs should be cleaned with a strong Chlorine solution, brushed away from the pool.