Every Backyard Pool Owner Dreads Pool Maintenance, But Banishing That Nasty Green Tinge Isn’t As Difficult As You May Imagine.

Summer pool maintenance

Regular pool maintenance will ensure your pool is ready to swim in during the warmer months – and, crucially, keep the water safe for your family.

Typically, this pool care involves removing leaves, dirt and other nasties from the pool, and sanitising the water with chlorine.

If you’re not keen on manually removing leaves, a mechanical pool cleaner is a worthwhile investment.

Joel Stern from Sterns Pools says newer robot cleaners are more effective than the automatic pool cleaners of old.

“Robot cleaners are a bit like a vacuum cleaner for your pool,” he says.

“You plug them straight into an electrical outlet, and they don’t create much noise, so you can put them on late at night or early in the morning and not worry about bothering your neighbours.”

Because the UV index is higher in summer and sunlight kills chlorine, you’ll need to increase the chlorine levels in your pool as the weather heats up.

“Make sure your chlorine levels are up a little bit higher to counteract for strong UV through the summer months,” says Blake Pearl from Australian Innovative Systems.

You’ll also need to chemically balance your pool water and keep track of chlorine and pH levels, as well as total alkalinity and calcium hardness.

Don’t worry if this process sounds too much like a high-school chemistry class – there are a variety of easy-to-use testing kits on the market, or you can hire a professional to conduct regular testing.

Winter swimming pool maintenance

It’s tempting to let pool maintenance lapse during winter, but Joel says this approach can end up costing you more in the long run.

“Normally when people climb out of their pool at the end of summer they ignore it over winter,” he says.

“Many people cut back on their chemical usage and don’t get their water tested, but this will actually cost you more in chemicals the following summer, in order to get the pool back up to a point where it’s usable again.”

Blake recommends running your pool cleaner for four to six hours each day throughout winter.

“And every week or two, go out and make sure that all the skimmer baskets are clean, because if rotting leaves and other debris stay in the pool for too long they can soak up the chlorine and throw your pool out of balance,” he says.

Most importantly, beware the dreaded green tinge.

“If you let it go too far and the pool turns green, it’s very expensive to get the pool back to normal. It can do a lot of damage to your pool,” says Blake.

“You’ve got to check the pool all year round and make sure everything is working the way it should. You can be a little bit relaxed during winter but that doesn’t mean that you can totally forget about the pool.”

Do it right and you’ll thank yourself once summer hits.


Source: Realestate.com.au


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