Extensive pool cleaning and maintenance can be an arduous task for some homeowners. Thus, some people would rather hire these services for their own convenience. However, you should bear in mind that pool maintenance should be carried out as frequently as the pool is being used. Thus, seasons during the summer would require ardent cleaning, and this could be expensive to outsource on a weekly basis. To ensure your swimming pool is always ready for use during the summer months, here are just a few DIY maintenance tips that you could employ.
Ensure the waterline is free of dirt
The first visible signs of dirt accumulating on your pool is when the water line starts to look murky. The buildup that forms on the waterline is not exclusive to organic matter, for example, twigs and leaves that end up in the pool. The dirt will also constitute oils and grease that mix in the water due to sunscreen, body lotion and other cosmetics that swimmers have on as they go swimming. If the waterline is left dirty, the filth begins to form a ring around your swimming pool. With time, the gunk starts to block other components of your swimming pool such as filters and make its way into your pool pump. It is advisable to invest in an enzyme-based cleaner that will break down these compounds and keep your waterline clean.
Scrub the interior of your pool
Another important maintenance measure that should not be put off for weeks on end is scrubbing the interior of your swimming pool. The interior is prone to becoming a breeding ground for algae if special attention is not being paid. In the beginning, you will start to find that the walls and the floor of the pool feel slimy to the touch. If routine scrubbing is not observed, the tiles start to stain as the algae keep breeding. Take special care also to scrub areas that do not receive as much water circulation as the rest of your swimming pool. The poor circulation promotes the growth of algae since the water will be stagnated. The areas to be particularly wary of include under the stairs on the pool ladder, safety ledges and more.
Chemically treat your pool
An important aspect of ensuring that your pool water is appropriately treated is having a strict schedule for chemical clean up. These chemicals not only help in keeping your water clear, but they also ensure the pool is not harbouring harmful bacteria that could cause skin irritations and other illnesses. Chemical cleaners can also help inhibit the development of scale and rust in your pool too!