Tips to Keep Your Pool Clean

January 30, 2017

Having a pool in your backyard is a matter of prestige as much as it is a functional item in the hot climate of California. However, having a pool can also be a drag, with all the cleaning and maintenance involved. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. There are some things you can do to make your life as pool owner easier. You can also consult a San Diego pool cleaning service for help.

Remove debris from the surface or from the strainers

This is something that should be done regularly. If you notice leaves and other debris floating on the surface, grab your pole skimmer and skim the contaminant from the water. If you wait, the debris tends to sink, which makes it far less accessible and a nuisance to clean. As your water circulates through the system, some debris may get caught in the strainer baskets. Clean them at least once a week. These simple and easy measures reduce the amount of chlorine you need to add to the water.

Clean the filter

This seems like a no-brainer. But, there is a catch. Every filter is different and requires cleaning after different periods of use. Consult the manufacturer’s recommendation. It is actually detrimental to clean the pool filter too often. A completely clean filter is fairly good at stopping dirt. However, a slightly dirty filter is even better, since the existing dirt helps capture new dirt. Naturally, this benefit has its limit, and if you notice an increase in pressure on the pressure gauge. That is your cue to clean the filter.

Have the heater serviced

Pool heaters are the least demanding part of a pool in terms of maintenance. They can function for several years without any need to tinker with them. However, over time, impurities such as calcium build up, clogging the tubes and making the heating system less effective. This is not something you can do on your own, but rather contact a pool professional, with all the right equipment and experience.

Vacuum and clean the bottom and walls

Pool vacuum cleaners are a must if you are serious about keeping your pool clean. Various pieces of debris and more importantly algae build up on all surfaces, so cleaning them regularly is the only way to prevent this build-up. With regular vacuuming comes lower need for adding chemicals into the water. Sadly, you cannot use the vacuum to clean your pool walls as well. Depending on the material, there are different cleaning methods; ranging from a soft brush to a putty knife.

Measure the pH levels

Making sure that your water is at constant pH levels will ensure that it is clean and safe to swim in. You want your pool water to be neutral, at around 7.2 to 7.8 on the 0-14 pH scale. There are simple testing kits available to the general public. They are accurate and easy to use. The simplest one involves submerging a piece of reactive paper into water for a few seconds. When you pull it out, the paper will change color, depending on the chemical composition of the water in your pool. Compare the color to the scale which came in the box, and you get your pH level. This way you can know how much chemicals need to be added to the pool.

Some of these are fairly easy to do, some less so. However, if you are busy and cannot find it in your schedule to perform these mundane and tedious tasks, contact a San Diego pool cleaning service to do it for you. Payan Pools Inc. has been in this business for 30 years, and has the technicians who are certified and experienced with various types of pool maintenance jobs. Contact today to learn more.