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Swimming Pools & Supplies

How to Keep a Pool Clean

A clean pool is a healthy pool (and a happy you). However, as any pool owner will tell you, it takes time and commitment to keeping a pool clean over time. Fortunately, following a regular maintenance schedule with the help of a few products will help ensure your pool stays healthy and crystal clear all summer long.

Know Your Pool’s Chemistry

A healthy pool is clear, has no scent and leaves little residue on your skin. One way to monitor your pool’s health is by measuring pH level, which should be kept between 7.2 and 7.8. Typically maintained at one to four ppm, chlorine fights bacteria, viruses and germs, and breaks down other contaminants that can’t be filtered such as cosmetics and lotion. Testing the pH level once or twice a week is easy to do with an at-home test kit. When pH levels get too high, more chlorine can be added in either tab or liquid form. Sometimes it is necessary to drastically change the chemistry of, or “shock,” your pool after a heavy rainstorm or big party. Shocking a pool drastically raises chlorine levels to five to 10 ppm for a short period of time to kill bacteria and break down contaminants. Pre-measured shock packs are easy to use and fast-acting.

Keep Things Tidy

It may seem obvious, but keeping your pool free of debris and algae is also vital. Skimmer baskets capture debris and should be cleaned out weekly. If your pool doesn’t have a skimmer, you can manually clean your pool using a skimmer net. Flocculent-based products make debris heavy, causing it to settle on the bottom of the pool were you can capture it using a robotic cleaner on the pool floor. Keep large debris out with a pool cover anytime your pool isn’t in use. If the walls of your pool feel slick and oily, chances are an algae buildup has begun. Algae can cause clogged filters, low water circulation and reduced effectiveness of pool chemicals, so prevention is key. Scrub the sides of your pool weekly or consider an algaecide. It’s also important to keep the area surrounding your pool clean. Pressure-washing your poolside and keeping potted plants and animal access to a minimum will help reduce the amount of dirt being tracked into the water.

Prevention is Key

At the end of the day, don’t feel discouraged! With these suggestions and some daily maintenance, you can keep your pool clean and a place of enjoyment and relaxation.

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