Place a Mr. Clean magic eraser in the skimmer to rid of all the green color in the pool. It erases the cloudiness in the pool with little to no effort!
If you want to save money on Mr. Clean erasers, buy bulk packages of melamine foam. It is made of the same material as magic erasers but a lot cheaper.
Wrap pantyhose around your skimmer basket to create a finer mesh to catch even smaller particles. Tie one end of the hose very tight and change it out when needed.
If you have a sand filter in your pool, you can add some diatomaceous earth to keep things cleaner. It keeps the sand in the filter together, creating a more effective barrier against small dirt particles.
Float a tennis ball in the pool. The oil that is left from the swimmers from sunblock and sun tanning lotion will eventually turn the water cloudy and attract critters. The fibers in the tennis ball will soak up all the oil from the surface and keep it from leaving a slick sheen on the surface of the water.
Place dryer sheet in the basket liners around your pool. This will keep the bees and the wasps from bothering your swimmers on a hot day.
Plant lemongrass, the smell of this will act as a repellant and have the same effect as citronella candles.
Clean your pool tiles with baking soda. This will not only keep the tiles clean but it will help to alkalize the water.
Make skimming and scrubbing your pool a routine. For an impeccable looking pool, skimming should be done everyday. Scrub the pool at least once a week, this will keep the the algae from accumulating in the hard to circulate areas of your pool.
Clean out the filter basket at least once a week.
Backwash at least once a month to keep the pipes clean.
Set your filter on a timer to run for at least six hours a day. Turning the filter on and off too often can cause the filter’s mechanisms to crack.
Check the pH Balance at least once a week. Consider the six chemicals: cyanic acid, free chlorine, acidity/alkalinity, total alkalinity, and calcium harness. Use a kit and follow instructions.
If you have a chlorinator, check it regularly for proper chlorine tablet levels, loading or possible clogging.
Shock your pool after large parties or events. Shocking is drastically raising the chlorine levels for a short time in order to eliminate bacteria. At least twice every season is sufficient enough to keep your pool sanitized.
Keep an eye on the levels of the water. Fluctuations in the water levels will naturally occur after a night of heavy rainfall or a week of teenagers jumping in and out. This fluctuation will also cause chemical imbalances. After you’ve pumped water out or added more water to reach halfway up the opening of your skimmer, test the water to make necessary adjustments.
Clean the hair and lint pot every couple of weeks. This is located on the front of the pool pump, just inside the clear glass. If you have a different style of pump, we are referring to the leaf basket or debris catcher.
Pressure wash your pool deck. The surrounding areas of your pool greatly affect the perception of cleanliness of your pool. First sweep the deck and then pressure wash according to the directions until the debris is gone and the surface appears clean.
Trust the pros to service your pool. Schedule a yearly service appointment from a local professional to check your equipment and diagnose any problems that may have developed. Remember that even if it seems like your pool is functioning just fine, unseen complications can snowball into costly endeavors if not treated early on. Sometimes you just need to trust the pros.
Properly winterize your pool. Use a kit to make sure the water chemicals are properly balanced and then top the pool with an appropriate cover.
Monitor your salt systems. Check your salt cell often to make sure it is clean and working properly. Don’t add to much salt. As a general rule: if you can taste the salt you have probably put too much.
Clean filters regularly. Once a quarter should be enough to keep filters doing their job, unless you get a huge rainstorm, then clean it immediately after.
Store chemicals out of direct sunlight. Keep them in a cool, dry place and be careful not to store acid and chlorine next to each other.
Don’t feed the algae. Keep animals, vegetation and fertilizers away from in and around the pool. The nitrates from the waste products act as food for the algae in your pool.
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