Any do it yourself pool owner can care for and maintain their pool with help from the experts here at Cox Pools.
In segment four of Pool School, we'll take you through the steps on how to clean your pool to keep it ready to use. Routine cleaning is the key to keeping your pool working properly and looking its best. During the swimming season, you will probably spend about an hour a week cleaning your pool.
Here are the 5 main steps for pool cleaning:
Number 1. The first step to cleaning your pool is to remove leaves and debris from the pool surface and floor. Leaves and debris left in the pool can cause staining of your pool’s plaster and algae growth. Use the skimmer net to catch and remove leaves and debris from the pool’s surface. The leaf rake will enable you to remove rocks, sticks, and acorns that sink to the bottom. Not removing these larger items from the water can cause damage to the main drain and pump.
Number 2. Skimmer baskets collect
bugs, leaves and other debris and should be checked regularly, each time you
clean your pool. After emptying, use a
garden hose to clean out excess debris.
The basket on your pool pump needs to be emptied on a regular basis,
too, especially after heavy rains and windstorms. A clogged pump basket can cause damage to
your pump and pool circulation problems. Make sure to check the O ring or
gasket on the inside of your pump cover is in good condition and
Number 3: The next step is to vacuum your pool. To manually vacuum your pool, you will need a telepole, a vacuum head, and a vacuum hose. Attach the telepole and the hose to the vacuum head. Next you’ll need to prime the vacuum hose. Slowly lower the vacuum head into the pol. Feed the vacuum hose straight down into the water removing all the air from the hose and filling it completely with water. Place your hand firmly over the hose so that no air gets in. Attach the hose to the suction port inside the skimmer. You can now begin to vacuum the pool Use smooth and overlapping strokes to ensure the complete cleaning. During swim season, you should vacuum the pool once a week. If you don’t want to manually vacuum the pool, you can use an automatic pool cleaner, which vacuums the pool for you.
Number 4. Last, clean the waterline tile around your pool and brush the entire pool. Oil, dirt, and bacteria can collect along the waterline, forming a ring or scumline around your pool. Brush the waterline regularly to prevent or remove a ring or a scumline. Depending on your pool tile, you can use a product that will help cut through the oil and restore its shine. Keeping your water balanced will help prevent scale formation, too. Next, remove all debris that has collected on your pool’s walls, steps, and floors by brushing. For best results from brushing, you should divert maximum suction to the pool’s main drain. Do this by turning the suction control valve in front of your pump to close off suction from the skimmer. Always make sure your pool pump and filter are running while you brush. Brush strokes should be slow and smooth, starting just under the water line. Begin in the shallow end and move towards the deepest part of the pool. All dirt should be brushed towards the main drain. If you diverted the pool’s suction while brushing, readjust the control valve so that 80% comes from the skimmer, and 20% comes from the main drain.
Number 5- You should also check your pool water’s chemistry regularly, twice a week during swim season, to ensure the water is balanced and ready for swimming. You can use a test kit or strips, or bring a sample in to be tested.