How to Care for Your New Pool

So you have just moved into a home with a swimming pool? Congratulations - you are in for a wonderful way to spend those hot summer days and nights. Taking care of a swimming pool requires three main things - proper cleaning; regular balancing; and adequate sanitation. With all three of these steps you can easily care for your new pool on your own without having to rely on regular appointments with a pool guy.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Maintaining a pool is often like maintaining a tile floor. The first thing you need to understand is that swimming pools will need to be cleaned. To do this you will need to vacuum and skim your swimming pool as often as possible. You may wish to make it a habit to do this every day as part of the final preparation for the night or you may wish to let the pool build up and do it once a week but a very thorough job.

Vacuuming and skimming your pool is done with a special vacuum that usually plugs into the filter system. The dirt and debris from the bottom of the pool will be sucked through the vacuum. Skimming simply requires getting the dirt and debris off the surface of the pool with a net. The whole process is relatively simple and can actually be quite relaxing for some.

Swimming Pool Chemicals

Another thing you will need to do in order to take care of your swimming pool is to add chemicals or some sort of sanitary substance to the water. Fresh water that is left to its own devices will grow bacteria making for a slimy, sticky, green mess in your swimming pool. This can happen in a matter of hours which is why you need to stay on top of this by adding chemicals regularly and frequently.

Chlorine is the most common chemical used for fresh water swimming pools but it is not your only option. You can also look into bromine or bacquacil which are two other popular cleaning options for fresh water swimming pools. In most instances the chemicals will be packaged in individual tablets which means keeping your pool clean simply requires you to drop the tablet into the filter system and viola!

For salt water swimming pools you can look into simply adding salt regularly to keep your pool fresh and clean. Salt water pools actually work on chlorine (the salt is turned into chlorine which will sanitize the water) but you do not have to buy or add chlorine which can be cheaper. Whatever the case, it is important that you are adding some sort of cleaning chemical into your pool once a day (or less depending on what you have selected) to ensure your pool stays in good condition.

Finally, when it comes to caring for a new pool you also have to maintain the pH and alkalinity balance of the water. This can be done with regular testing through litmus strips or special pool tester strips. You will need to ensure that the level remains in the right target range for the best performance for your pool. For pH the target range is 7.4 to 7.6 while for alkalinity the ideal range is 100ppm to 150ppm.

When learning how to care for your new pool it is important to understand that you may make some mistakes. Finding out how often to add chemicals and how to ensure the pool is balanced is a learning process of trial and error. Play around with the different options and, if ever in doubt, ask for assistance at your local pool and spa shop.

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