Pool maintenance is much like house work – not the most fun thing to do but necessary when it comes to attaining sparkling water. Crystal-clear pool water year round is perfectly attainable by following these simple steps:
- Make sure the pool has enough chlorine. While your filter will remove the solid debris, chlorine is necessary to remove bacteria, algae and viruses, all of which can cause cloudy water. Your chlorine level should be between 1.0 and 3.0 parts per million (ppm). You can check your chlorine level by using at-home testing strips.
- Make sure your pH level is balanced. A normal pH reading falls between 7.2 and 7.6. Often times, low pH levels mirror low chlorine levels.
- Skim your pool’s surface twice a week to remove solid debris.
- Vacuum your pool at least once a week, twice depending on the debris from your surrounding environment or how often the pool is used. A well-vacuumed pool makes it easier to control the pH levels and helps avoid decay at the bottom of the pool’s surface.
- Empty your skimmer baskets at least twice a week. If your skimmer baskets are full, they won’t be able to collect residual surface debris, reducing the effect of your surface cleaner.
- Backwash your filter after vacuuming the pool to keep the filter in good working order.
- Brush the tile/water line and the pool walls.
- If you notice the water getting cloudy, stop by your local pool store to pick up a clarifier. They usually work within 24 hours.