In-Ground Pool Maintenance In-Ground Pool Maintenance

What You'll Need
Leaf rake
Tile brush
Tile cleaner
Shock chemical
Pool cover

Inground pool maintenance is made much easier if you keep it consistent and regular. Some of the important steps involved in pool maintenance are cleaning, checking of the parts, maintaining water level and minimizing impurities in the pool. With proper in-ground pool maintenance, you can lower the need for repairs and save money.

Step 1 – Clean the Surface of the Pool Water

Remove the dirt, debris and leaves floating on the surface of the pool. Use a leaf rake or skimmer for this purpose. If the debris settles on the floor of the pool, it will be more difficult to remove. It may also cause staining on the floor tile. Put the collected debris in a garbage bag or yard waste bag and dispose it of promptly.

Step 2 – Clean the Tiles on the Side and Bottom

Use a tile brush and soap to clean the pool tiles. Apply soap to the brush and submerge it in the pool. Start scrubbing quickly, before the soap dissolves in the water. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or rough brushes that could damage the tiles. Move the accumulated grime to the drain and vacuum it out.

Step 3 – Backwash Filter

Backwash the pool filter according to manufacturer instructions. Regular backwashing of the filter is essential to smooth operation of the pool. You must also clean the hair basket and the skimmer regularly.

Step 4 – Test Water and Make Necessary Changes

The water must have the right pH and chlorine levels at all times. This dissuades the growth of harmful bacteria. On a regular basis, check the alkalinity of the pool and make necessary adjustments.

Step 5 – Shock the Pool Water

Shocking the pool water involves adding chemicals that raise the chlorine levels in the water. This effectively kills harmful microorganisms in the water. Choose a chemical that is suitable for your pool. Perform the shock treatment once a week, or more often if you use the pool daily for several hours.

Step 6 – Maintain Water Level

The water level must not be too high or too low. Improper water levels can affect the operation of the skimmers and the collection of debris. It can also shorten the life of the motor. Ideally, the water level should be close to half the way to the skimmer.

Step 7 – Check Pool Parts and Equipment in the Vicinity

To prevent injuries and accidents, ensure that any diving boards and ladders are in good condition. Also check the pump basket, electric connections, filters and water heaters from time to time. Ensure that the equipment is not covered with debris or plant material.

Step 8 – Follow Proper Closing and Opening Procedures

Follow proper winterization procedures and cover the pool securely. Check the cover from time to time throughout the winter. When you open the pool in spring, prevent debris and dirt from entering it.

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