Whether it is an aboveground or underground pool, to guarantee the purity and clarity of the pool water, it is very important to clean the pool regularly. However, removing debris manually with a surface broom is not enough, certain rules should be followed. What are the steps to follow?
Pool maintenance: is it mandatory?
Having a pool in your garden is a godsend. Nevertheless, even for private use, maintenance is mandatory to have clean and clear water. Indeed, water can be polluted by users and external elements such as plant debris. And poor maintenance can cause more or less serious problems in the long term.
There are several elements that should alert you, they will tell you that your pool needs cleaning. When the pH level is not between 7.2 and 7.6, you should consider using a pH corrector to readjust it. If algae appears or if the water turns green, treatment with a chlorine-shock is strongly recommended to remedy this. And if you smell of chlorine or if your skin is irritated or tight after swimming, it indicates that the chlorine level is low. Performing a shock chlorination will help you correct this problem. Finally, if the ISO acid is high, you have put too much product in your pool. Ideally, you should empty some of the water and add more. All in all, pool water maintenance is a mandatory step all year round, especially during the summer when it is used regularly.
What are the checks to be made?
The control of the pH of the water is an essential step and must be carried out daily using a specific test strip. It measures the acidity of the water. Water is said to be acidic if the pH is between 0 and 6 and basic if it is between 8 and 14. The objective is to have a rate around 7, in this case we say that the water is neutral. If this is not the case, it changes color. Acidity can also encourage the appearance of algae and the development of limescale, which can cause early deterioration of the material, especially the lining and the filtration system of the pool. Therefore, every day, you should check the pH level of your pool water. Add a pH+ if the water is too acidic, or a pH- if it is too basic.
Chlorine is a sterilizing and oxidizing product that is very common in a pool. It is inexpensive and is perfect for small budgets. It is mainly used to disinfect the pool (kill microscopic parasites, fungi and other bacteria) and exists in different forms: liquid, granules, tablets… Nevertheless, remember to check the rate every day to ensure the quality of the water. In fact, with a low level, the pool is not completely disinfected and you can catch diseases. On the other hand, if the rate exceeds the normal threshold, the water may irritate the skin of the bathers. It should be noted that the normal level is between 1.5 and 2 mg/l. In case of abnormality, you must add a chlorine shock.
Caution! Salt electrolysis and bromine are also good alternatives to chlorine. But the use is more delicate since they are more sensitive to pH changes.
How to clean the bottom of the pool?
Disinfectant products ensure clear water, but do not clean the bottom of the pool and the walls. It is very important to take care of the filtration system that returns the impurities in the pool to the surface in order to avoid the formation of algae and mould. This device treats only visible detritus. It is therefore necessary to remove the polluting particles on the water such as leaves from trees. To do this, use a bottom net and surface broom and catch everything you see. The pool broom is a good alternative if you don’t have a vacuum cleaner or pool cleaner. A brush connected to a telescopic handle will also allow you to reach the bottom of the pool. But it should be connected by a floating hose to the filtration system. The choice of the shape of the head will depend on the configuration of your pool so that the broom can reach even hard-to-reach corners. Once the debris has been removed, it will be evacuated directly through the filtration system. On the other hand, for large debris and gravel, pick it up with the net so as not to damage the filtration system. To prevent dirt from rising to the surface, avoid back and forth, and clean regularly instead. Stains may also be present on the walls and bottom of the pool. To facilitate cleaning, add a flocculant to agglomerate the deposits retained by the filtration system. Also remember to empty the skimmer basket as often as possible. Note that you must respect the filtration time, which varies between 8 to 12 hours.
How to preserve the quality of the pond water?
Checking the volume of the pool water should be done at least every week. It is recommended to keep a level equivalent to ¾ of the Skimmer, because if it is too low, it can cause the pump to overheat. Also, when you are not using your pool, protect it with a pool cover or pool shelter. This equipment will allow you to limit maintenance operations because, in addition to preserving water quality and temperature, it limits access to the pool. In addition, the need for chemical products will be reduced, so you’ll save a lot of money. On the market, you have several options: a telescopic, removable, flat or sliding cover.
It is also important to clean the water line. A special sponge, eraser or gel has been specially designed to give it a new look. This action will preserve the condition of the liner. However, make sure you select the right equipment. Item, clean all filtration equipment (before and after use) to optimize its efficiency and life span, including the pump, filter and skimmers. To do this, turn off the power to the pump and set the valve to “backwash” to remove all dirt from the filter tank. At the end of cleaning, test the water with a new test strip.
What is the solution to avoid manual cleaning?
Admittedly, pool maintenance is quite demanding. Using a professional can lighten your tasks, but this solution is quite expensive. You can easily find some on the internet. To find the best offer, make the competition play. However, if you want to do without outside help, invest in the purchase of a robot vacuum cleaner. This is a device that has been manufactured to clean the walls and bottom of the pool, as well as the water line. You will find all kinds of models on the market. The most sophisticated do not require any intervention, just programming them. Equipped with several brushes and even a filtration system, the pool robot moves in a random or programmed manner. The hydraulic pool robot is the most accessible, but the automatic robot ensures complete autonomy. Warning! These devices do not exempt you from manual maintenance from time to time.