Enjoy a cool dip in the pool as the mercury rises and the heat creeps in… Keeping your pool well maintained is essential to making the most of it this summer! Here are 4 tips for maintaining your pool.

Cleaning debris and filters

Skimming your pool by hand on a regular basis is one of the most effective ways to keep your pool clean. If performed at irregular intervals, floating debris will tend to sink and be more difficult to remove. Doing so will increase the efficiency of the water circulation system and minimize the amount of chlorine that needs to be added. Filter cleaning at least once a week helps improve circulation as well.

Vacuum and scrub

Vacuuming the pool every week is a good practice to reduce the amount of chemicals added to the pool. Besides vacuuming, weekly scrubbing of the pool surface is also a wise habit. This helps to minimise the accumulation of algae and calcium deposits. Use a stiff brush for concrete pools with a plaster coating and a softer brush for vinyl or fibreglass walls.

Sustain the pH level

Pool water needs to be regularly monitored to ensure its cleanliness. The pH scale is a measure of acidity or alkalinity that ranges from 0 to 14. A reading between 7.2 and 7.8 is optimal for the safety of swimmers and the effectiveness of disinfectants. Use the value to assess the type and amount of chemicals your pool needs.

Super chlorinated water

Ammonia or nitrogen builds up in a pool over time. Huge amounts of these contaminants can interact with the pool’s chlorine to form chloramines, resulting in a strong chlorine smell. To eliminate the unpleasant odour, the pool water needs to be super chlorinated – or neutralised – to restore its normal chlorine levels. Some swimming pools need to be super chlorinated once a week, while others can be super chlorinated for much longer.