7 EASY STEPS ON HOW TO PROPERLY MAINTAIN AND CLEAN YOUR SWIMMING POOL IN A SAFE WAY.
A particular issue with your own pool in the garden is hygiene and the associated care of the pool water. Because your pool in the garden creates an optimal living space for bacteria and other pathogens due to the moisture and the warmth from the sun. The water is exposed to numerous pressures that have a significant negative impact on quality. It is therefore important to keep the pool clean and safe at all times. A nice side effect is that a clean pool always looks inviting. In addition, preventative maintenance can help reduce the life cycle costs of your pool. Improper handling and maintenance can turn a pool into an ideal breeding ground for insects such as mosquitoes . Likewise, a dirty pool tends to build up algae and bacteria that can make you sick if you accidentally swallow water or if water gets into an open wound.
Thanks to professional maintenance, you not only save yourself headaches in terms of costs, but also minimize emergency trips to buy additives and chemicals.
STEP 1: REMOVE LEAVES AND DEBRIS
First, remove leaves, bugs, pollen, and other debris floating on the surface of the pool with a landing net. The benefit of this is that you remove dirt before it can sink to the floor. This way you avoid stains and deposits on the pelvic floor.
STEP 2: BRUSH THE FLOOR AND WALLS
Armed with a suitable pool brush, it is now time to remove dirt from the walls and bottom of the pool. In the case of particularly intensive deposits, you should start with the particularly polluted areas, since the detached sediments impair visibility. In the case of heavy soiling or algae infestation, you will have to alternate between vacuuming and brushing more often.
STEP 3: SUCTION
Go down the bottom of the pool with a pool vacuum to vacuum up the debris. You can make this part of the maintenance routine much easier for yourself with a pool robot or an automatic pool cleaner.
With pool robots and pressure-side pool cleaners, your only task is to put the respective device in the pool and, at the end of the cleaning, to empty the bag in which the dirt was collected.
Note: In the event of algae infestation, however, you should refrain from using a robot or any other automatic solution. Algae serve the little companions more like a chauffeur and distribute them throughout the pool instead of killing you.
STEP 4: CLEAN THE SKIMMER
You should clean the skimmer weekly or as needed. Remove deposits on the skimmer and empty the skimmer basket. Only if you keep the skimmer free from contamination can the skimmer work with maximum efficiency.
STEP 5: CHECK THE WATER CYCLE
Your pool’s filtration system is the basis for a swimming pool that is a pleasure to bathe in. We recommend that you let your filter pump work for at least 8 hours a day or long enough to circulate at least twice the volume of the pool every day.
The water circuit of the pool includes the skimmer, the pump, the filter, the respective filter medium and the return nozzles. Regularly as part of your routine, make sure that everything is working and that the pool water is being properly filtered.
STEP 6: CHECK FILTERS
Cartridge or sand filter systems are mostly used. Check the respective filter system according to the manufacturer’s instructions. With a sand filter system , for example, you have to check the filter pressure of the sand filter system. If the value exceeds the measured pressure by 10 psi (~ 1 bar) after the last backwash, it is time for the next cleaning.
The lifespan of the sand in a filter system depends on the filter sand used and is around 5 years on average. Only after this time or when the filter performance of the system drops do you have to change the sand of the sand filter system , until then backwashing the filter is often sufficient.
STEP 7: PERFORM SHOCK CHLORINATION
A weekly shock chlorination of the pool frees the pool of all algae, dirt, bacteria and other organic foreign bodies. The shock chlorination is also important to avoid the “chlorine smell”. The well-known smell is not caused by chlorine but by chloramines.
Chloramines are formed when chlorine has a disinfectant effect by combining with foreign particles. If the chlorine content is high enough during shock chlorination, the chloramines are decomposed and the swimming pool is odorless and does not cause any irritation to the skin or eyes.
Regular water maintenance is necessary for the visual appearance of your pool in the garden, and above all for the health preservation of your well-being, of your family and swimming friends.
If you require any further information about pool water treatment and maintenance, please don’t hesitate to contact us – Aplus Maintenance Services, offers an advanced cleaning technique as well as an eco-friendly product so that your family and friends have a clean, safe and carefree summer bathing in your pool in the garden.