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Jan 29

How To Clean A Swimming Pool?

You can always hire a professional to clean your swimming pool. However, it is more cost efficient to do it yourself. Things do not have to be difficult. You need to follow a set of simple instructions to do things right.

Cleaning the Floor, Walls and Ladders

How To Clean A Swimming Pool?If you have a pool pump and filter in place, the water in your swimming pool should be clean to enjoy bathing every day. However, over time, dirt can stick to the floor and the walls of the pool and to the ladders as well. That is why these need to be cleaned on a regular basis. It is usually recommended for the floor, walls and ladders to be cleaned weekly, but you can do it less often if you are happy with the condition of the pool.

You need a set of cleaning tools for your pool. It is best to buy a complete kit rather than purchasing each tool separately in order to save money. The basic set of tools which you need includes a pool brush for scrubbing the walls and floors, a skimmer for capturing leaves and other large debris that may be floating on the water surface and a vacuum head and hose. A telescopic pole should also be included. Pay special attention to choosing the vacuum head as different types of heads are suitable for different pool tank surfaces.

Use the brush to scrub the floor, walls and ladders of the pool. Pay special attention to dirtier areas such as the corners of the tank and the wall space behind the ladders. When using an appropriate telescopic pole, you should not be forced to go inside the pool in order to clean it.

Use the skimmer to remove larger debris.

Use the vacuum to remove debris from the pool. Basically, you need to go over the floor and any walls that still have some dirt on them to complete the cleaning. It is important to know how to use the vacuuming system correctly. It involves the vacuum head, the pole and the hose which have to be connected to one another and then to the pool pump, which will create the suction and run the water with the debris through the filter so that the water can return to the tank perfectly clean.

Filter and Pump Cleaning

The pool pump sucks water from the tank, runs is through a filter and then returns it to the pool perfectly clean from debris and larger microorganisms. The pump and filter require proper care and maintenance so that they can work optimally at all times. In general, it is important to run this system for an entire cycle (filtering all the water in the pool) once or twice a day for perfectly clean swimming pool water.

The pool pump needs to be switched off before you commence the cleaning. Remove debris collected in the strainer basket connected to the pool pump on a regular basis. Always check the opening leading to the inner compartment of the pump to ensure that there are no pieces of debris stuck there.

There are various types of filters that require different cleaning approaches. If you have a cartridge filter, you should take out the cartridge and clean it inside and out using pressure washing. You may want to use the garden hose to force water through the cartridge for quick and efficient results.

For cleaning sand filters, which are quite widely used, you need backwashing. Backwashing refers to forcing the water through the filter in the opposite directly so that the debris stuck inside can come out. The instruction manuals of your pool pump and filter should explain how to perform the entire cleaning step by step.

If you have a DE pool filter, you should use backwashing in combination with grid element cleaning. The grid elements should be cleaned twice a year. Use the manufacturer’s instructions to do this.

Adding Chemicals

Chlorine should be added to pool water so that it kills dangerous bacteria, viruses and fungi and the particularly annoying algae. It is essential for pool safety and cleanliness. Swimming pool chlorine comes in different forms (granules, tablets, sticks) and in different concentrations.

The optimal concentration for granular chlorine is 56 to 62 per cent and for tablets it is 90 per cent. Go for stabilized chlorine which remains active in the presence of high ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Use the chemical as required. It is best to distribute the chlorine using a feeder specifically designed for the purpose.

Since chlorine tends to bond with ions of salts in the swimming pool, you should use a shock treatment on a regular basis to ensure that the chemical remains active. Shock treatments are readily available in the market. You can use the treatment weekly to preserve the optimal concentration of chlorine.

The optimal pH level for swimming pool water is between 7.2 and 7.6. Test the water weekly using a specifically designed kit. Use a pH reducer and increaser to regulate the pH of the water.

Bottom Line

You will certainly enjoy your swimming pool when providing proper cleaning.

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