21 Feb 2011
It’s no secret that Brisbane’s weather has been a bit temperamental lately – one day it’s cold and wet and the next day it’s hot and humid! Due to the changes in weather our swimming pools may be in need of some maintenance.
It is easy to neglect our swimming pools and it can be days or weeks before anything is done to fix them. The longer we leave them though, the harder they are to get back to optimal levels for use. So if you think you might want to go swimming when a hot day rolls around, make sure your pool’s waters are kept clean and safe.
Here are some tips for easily maintaining your pool, and hopefully preventing costly problems or more intense maintenance down the track:
Run your filter daily to help keep your pool clean. Just keep in mind that there are usually off-peak times over night, so check with your electricity provider to find out when the best time is for running your pool filter.
Skim your pool regularly by clearing out leaves and debris on a regular basis. This way your filter basket will accumulate less waste and allow your filter to run more efficiently.
Check PH levels weekly to ensure you have the right chemical balance. This will also help indicate whether you need to top up on necessary chemicals for your pool.
Replace hose connections, especially if your automatic pool cleaner isn’t working properly 100% of the time. Sometimes water gets sucked up through a hose connection instead of through the cleaner itself; meaning that it picks up debris from the pool floor less efficiently.
Alter the chlorinator level throughout the year to suit the season. More chlorine is needed for high use periods (like summer) and less chlorine is needed during months that you’re not using your pool.
Whilst it might seem like this is a lot of tasks to complete to keep your pool in check, they aren’t very complicated and most of them take up very little time. If you keep regular maintenance of your swimming pool you will find that you spend less time and money on bringing your pool in the long run.