When owning a home, especially in an area with warm temperatures, one highlighted feature that homeowners tend to enjoy most is having their own private pool. Homes with pools are highly coveted and provide summer fun for all, however, sometimes keeping them clean isn’t as enjoyable. Luckily, despite splashing or floating around the pool, there are a few easy tips and tricks to help keep your swimming pool sparkling clean all summer long.
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First and foremost, you should be checking the chemical balance in your pool a minimum of once a week to ensure that there are no chemical imbalances that could cause your water to turn green, grow bacteria, etc. If you don’t want to check your chemical levels and prefer a more hands off approach, there are dozens of different pool cleaning companies for hire who can tend to your pools every need.
Using a net to skim your pool of any and all debris will help immensely when it comes to your pools cleanliness. While a leaf or twig may not seem like a big deal, they can cause bacteria growth, unusual chemical levels, and ultimately lead to your water needing to be drained and replaced. Even with a good pool cover, you should be skimming your pool at least 3 times a week, however daily skimming is recommended, to make sure that no debris is left in the water. If you notice debris on the bottom of the pool and cannot reach it with your net, try a pool vacuum to reach the not so easy areas.
While chemicals and cleaning seem like common knowledge when it comes to keeping a pool clean, the actual water level of a pool can affect the cleanliness. The water level of your pool plays a vital role in keeping it crystal clear and your pool water should always be halfway up the opening of your skimmer. If there were a lot of cannonballs throughout the day, water fights, or splashing you should be sure to check your water levels and use a garden hose to refill if needed.
Finally, we all know that sunscreen is needed when enjoying a day at the pool, unfortunately this can leave oils floating on the surface of your pool causing a cloudy appearance that is far from appealing. To help soak up any unwanted oils from your pool, simply toss a few tennis balls in the water once you get out. The fibers in the ball will help soak up the leftover oils from suntan lotions, hair products, etc. By making this part of your routine, you will notice clearer water without a shiny oily sheen on top.
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