Are you expecting your pool to get a real workout over the Christmas holidays? Fair chances it will. Relatives and neighbours tend to visit more often over the Summer period and cool off in the pool and it’s hard to say no. Not that you’d want to. It’s all part of being neighborly and building community spirit.
But the extra use means extra maintenance to ensure that the water is safe to swim in. The extra bodies in the water will result in more bacteria entering the above ground pool and this must be counteracted by regular testing and maintenance. In this post, we give you some tricks and tips on how to stay on top of your pool maintenance over the bust Christmas period.
In the Summer months, you should test your pool once or twice per week depending on the usage. If people are practically living in your pool you should step it up to three to four times per week. Make sure the pH levels are sitting between 7.2 and 7.8. The lower the p.H the less chlorine you have to use. This is a good thing because too much chlorine can be hazardous. We’ve all been in pools that sting your eyes and degrade clothing and it takes the fun out of swimming.
When the pH level gets above the recommended level chlorine becomes less efficient and you will have to add more to get the same result.
Keep It Clean
Keep your pool nice and clean. Scoop out all the leaves and other debris that can cause bacteria to build up in your pool. Don’t forget to empty out the lint trap located at the front of the pump. Turn the pump off before you do it to prevent damage. Then empty it out. This should be done once every two or three days.
Check the Water Level
Keep an eye on the water level. If it’s too low, it can run your pump dry and you don’t you don’t want that to happen. It will cause damage to the pump and cost a packet to fix it. If your pool is too high, it will negatively affect the efficiency of the skimmer. Of course, if you have to top up the pool you will also have to do another test to see if your pH levels are at the optimum level.
Clean the Tiles
Extra bodies mean extra dirt and grease and you will be surprised how quickly it accumulates. If you feel that your tiles or pool lining a getting a bit slippery this is an indication that it’s time to give them a clean.
Staying on top of your pool maintenance if easy if you know what to be on the lookout for. Do regular inspections of the thing mentioned in this post and you will be right as rain and you, your family, the neighbours down the road, Uncle Ian, Aunt Helen, their kids, the nieces, and nephews can enjoy the pool all Summer long. Ask us for a hand at Affordable Pools if you need any assistance!