Adding an inground swimming pool to the backyard offers relaxation, entertainment, occasions for exercise and an increased value to your home. Keeping your pool functioning optimally will require routine maintenance, which involves daily, weekly and monthly tasks. Understanding basic pool chemistry is the first factor to consider. Consistent maintenance of your inground pool is key to a clean refreshing pool that is ready for a daily use.
As you plan to tackle your inground swimming pool maintenance, you will need pool care tools and supplies, which are available in pool supply stores, home improvement stores, and most super stores.
You can take care of your Inground Swimming Pool thru observing the following maintenance tips:
Check the pH and chlorine: Check both the pH and chlorine levels of your inground pool at least once every week is ideal.
Clean pool: Clean your pool at least once every week. Empty skimmer baskets. Use a cleaning net to skim debris and leaves from the surface of the water. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any debris located at the bottom of the pool.
Use Pool surface cleaner: Pool surface cleaners clean the waterline and the walls of the pool. These cleaners help eliminate stains along the waterline. Applying the cleaner to a pool brush will remove the stains when you quickly scrub the walls below the water surface.
Shocking the Pool: Shocking your pool consists of adding a large amount of chlorine to the pool to help get rid of algae and other pollutants. If you decide to shock your pool, do so once per week and at nightfall. Let the pump and filter run throughout the night. Don’t swim until 24 hours or more have passed after the pool shocking.
NOTE: Shock your pool only when it is necessary.
Filtration: If you can afford it, run your filtration system regularly especially during the summer months. This will prevent the buildup of dirt, dust, bacteria, body oils and environmental contaminants.
Clean your filters: Cleaning your filters is dependent on factors such as a heavy storm or the conditions in your pool. The ideal cleaning time would be every four to six months. A 10% solution of trisodium phosphate (TSP) or muriatic acid can clean your filters effectively. Soak the dirty filters in the solution in a rubber trashcan. Ensure that you wear gloves and eye protection. Be careful! NEVER add water to acid, but rather add acid to water. Rinse thoroughly until clean and allow them to dry.
In case of any cracks: If you notice any cracks around the edge of your pool between the deck and the tile, seal it with a small drop of clear silicon. You are less prone, though, to undergo cracks maintenance in case you own an inground fiberglass pool known for its strength and crackproof properties .
Keep animals, vegetation, and chemicals away: Keep animals, vegetation, and chemicals such as fertilizers and ironite out of, and away from the pool. Bird droppings and wastes from people and animals encourage algae growth. Avoid feeding algae.
You may be unsure of the kinds of chemicals and the amount you will need to add to the water in your pool. This, however, does not have to be a problem since you can discuss this with your local pool professionals. Adding chemicals haphazardly to your inground pool can change the chemical balance of the water, making it unsafe for swimmers.