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How to maintain your pool

Pools are a great way to relax and enjoy hot summer days, however they do need looking after so bear in mind that pool water has to be clean and clear. When we jump into the pool, different microorganisms from our body are transferred into the water. They multiply rather quickly, especially at the temperature of 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. Although we can remove things such as leaves and other debris with a leaf net, we require chlorination to get rid of bacteria. Here are some of our tips that will help you maintain your pool:

1. Maintain a proper chemical level

There are numerous things that can impact the water quality, such as rain, constant use of the pool, hot weather etc. Because of this, you will have to keep tabs. You should check pH level and sanitiser levels at least once a week. Aim to keep the pH at around 7.4 for best results. Check the chlorine level at least once a week and adjust the output on the salt chlorinator accordingly, try to maintain 3000ppm (parts per million) in Queensland, Total alkalinity is important to maintain the surface of the pool interior, ideal level is between 80 to 120ppm. These simple tests can be carried out at home with the 4 in 1 test kit supplied at handover. Water samples should be taken for a full analysis on a monthly basis to determine salt content, water hardness, phosphate content, cyanuric acid levels and any other test that requires specialised equipment.

2. You will have to brush, vacuum and skim regularly

We regularly use products such as oils, sunblock and creams when we go swimming. Besides that, dust and leaves can also get into the water. Even though they are not directly hazardous to our health, they may interfere with the filtration system. There are a few items which can help you with this. A vacuum head attached to a telescopic pole can help you with debris removal or you can also use an automatic pool cleaner for this task. Use a brush to get to those problematic spots which cannot be accessed by a cleaner. Leaf nets can be helpful when it comes to leaves and debris floating on the surface of the pool. You can also use it to scoop bigger insects that might have fallen into the pool. Lastly, when the pool is new you will need to brush it every day for the first week, followed by once a week if you can find time.

3. Remove everything from your pool deck

People tend to have numerous items near the pool. This is especially common for bigger families or families with little kids. Whenever there is a sign of bad weather, help yourself by removing everything in the vicinity of the pool which can be blown away by the wind.

4. Check your pool filter from time to time

The sand filter collects debris and microscopic particles and requires periodical backwashing to remove anything that may clog them up. It is important to make sure that the pump is turned off whilst adjusting the settings on the multi-port valve to avoid damaging the laterals inside. Backwash should always be followed by a quick rinse and it is good practice to do this after it has been raining. The ideal water level is half way on the skimmer box opening.

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