Pools can be expensive. Everyone who owns a pool understand this. If you pay someone else to clean your swimming pool, maintenance costs can break the bank, making your pool more of a liability than a luxury.
However, this doesn’t have to be the case! We’ve created your complete guide to DIY pool maintenance. Follow these instructions and you’ll always have a clean pool without spending any extra money.
The chemicals in your pool won’t solve everything (though that would be nice). You also need to manually make sure the pool is free of objects and general filth.
- Use a skimmer. A skimmer is a net attached to a long pole that allows you to remove leaves and other debris floating around. You can find one on Amazon for $10-$20.
- Use a brush. Algae, pollen, and dirt will become trapped in the corners of your pool. You will need to manually clean those areas. A long brush can be found on Amazon for $5-$10.
- Check your strainers. Larger objects like bugs and leaves will be trapped here when the water filters through. Remove them to keep the strainers working properly.
- Confirm your filter is clean. Filters usually have a pressure gauge that tells you when too much filth has built up. When the filter tells you to, clean it by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Vacuum occasionally. Not all debris will rise to the top of your pool, so it will not be able to be cleaned with a skimmer. Shock the pool to kill algae, then use a clarifier to make the algae sink to the bottom. Finally, use a vacuum to clean the bottom of your pool
Most of the problems with a swimming pool come from neglect. As such, it’s very important that you maintain your pool properly with the tips above. Add “cleaning the pool” to your daily to-do list, and when you’re out of town, make sure you enlist help so debris does not build up. In general, you should check strainers and use the skimmer every day. Aim to brush your pool, clean the filter, and vacuum the bottom once a week.
Pools stay clear because of the chemicals in the water. If you do not maintain the proper balance of chemicals, your pool will turn into an ordinary still body of water - which is prone to all sorts of bacteria, animals, and other undesired elements.
Get a pool chemical kit from a local store like Walmart or Target. You can usually buy them directly from your pool manufacturer’s website, too.
Every week you should use a test strip (included in the chemical kit) to determine the chemical levels of your pool. It’s easy - you take a strip, dip it in the water, and see what color it becomes. Most of the time, your pool will have the correct balance of chemicals. If any of them are off, you will be notified by the strip. From there, you simply need to follow the instructions within the kit to determine which chemical to add and how much.
Once you’re done following the instructions, use another test strip to verify you have added the correct balance of chemicals.
You don’t need any specific scientific knowledge to maintain the right chemical balance. You simply need a test kit and the motivation to test the chemical levels. We would recommend performing a chemical test every week when you brush the corners, clean the filters, and vacuum.
And that’s it! DIY pool maintenance can be simple. Of course, if you are elderly, disabled, or simply don’t have the time to manage your pool, you can always hire a swimming pool professional to keep your pool clean for you.