Pool Cleaning and Maintenance
Every family needs a pool to escape the summer heat here in Karratha; pool cleaning and maintenance is a skill every proud pool owner should have under their belt. You’ve got your togs, your pool hammock (Item link) and your goggles, but do you know how to maintain your swimming pool, how to keep your pools water healthy and crystal clear? Unfortunately, pools can take a lot of work to maintain and if not done correctly they can become a major headache; that’s why the team at Pilbara Contracting – The Pool Shop have put together some basic tips and trade secrets on pool cleaning and maintenance.
Get to know your pools anatomy – no matter the shape or the size of your pool, whether it is an inground or above ground pool, a fancy oasis, or a lap pool; all pools have the same four basic components. As a pool owner, you need to familiarise yourself with these components well enough to ensure they are functioning and clean.
- Pool water
- Interior walls or lining
- Filtration system
- Skimmer and pipework System
It is obvious that water is an important component of your swimming pool without it you would just have a skate bowl! Your pool’s water is the lifeblood of your backyard retreat. Keeping the water balanced, clean of pollutants and contaminants is a must. It can also protect your pool against costly repairs, corrosion and mineral build-up – extending the life of your pool.
Pools Interior Walls or Lining
Your swimming pools walls or pool lining are in constant contact with the pool water – let’s call this the skin of the pool! Regular cleaning such a light scrub with some chlorine-based liquid cleaner or bi-carb will help prevent a build-up of scum, algae, calcium or even mould; keeping your walls clean particularly around the water level helps reduce contamination of your pool’s water.
Pool Filter System
Your pools filtration system is the heart of your pool, pumping water through the filter cleans the water which is then pumped back into the pool.
Accompanying your filtration system will be your sanitising system, your pool water requires sanitising, most pools in the Pilbara are equipped with a saltwater chlorinator. Basically, the salt cell turns the salt into chlorine, the wonders of science!!!
Giving your filter and salt cell a regular clean is an extremely important part of routine pool maintenance.
Depending on your setup, you might have a media filter (glass or sand) or a cartridge filter, a diatomaceous earth (D.E.) filter.
Skimmer & Pipework
Your pools skimmers and returns are like the arteries of your pool, you want to keep them clear of build-up and debris.
Routine Pool Maintenance
Now you are familiar with your pool’s anatomy, let’s talk pool cleaning!
If your pool has proper circulation you have already reduced the cleaning workload. But there are a few tools that every pool owner needs, below is a typical ‘handover’ kit:
Telescopic Pool Pole
It’s not only your friends and family that find their way into your watery oasis, mother nature likes to play too. Leaves and debris, small animals and insects are likely to take a dip. Other contaminants are residues from sun lotions, shampoos and perfumes or dead skin, all of this can affect the health of your pool.
At a minimum brush, vacuum and skim your pool weekly! This will help keep the water crystal clear and free of debris.
It is also recommended to backwash your media filter & clean the Salt Cell (if you have one) on a fortnightly basis.
An automatic pool cleaner will heavily reduce your cleaning time, you will still need to use your leaf rake/skimmer and brush regularly but an automatic pool vacuum will give you plenty more time to sit back relax and enjoy your crystal clear pool.
Okay, the word chemistry can seem a bit daunting, right? but pool chemistry is straight forward, it is also an essential part of pool cleaning and maintenance. The most important tool to have is a water sample bottle from The Pool Shop. Bring your water sample into our shop, we will test your water for free & advise you to the chemicals required to keep your water sparkling and ready to enjoy.
We will always spend the time to explain what is happening with your pool water and the best way to maintain a healthy pool.
The most essential elements of pool water chemistry are:
pH levels: This is a measure of the acidity in your pool’s water:
Ideally, you want a result between 7.2 to 7.6.
Alkalinity: Works to balance the pH levels acting as a buffer avoiding large spikes in pH levels, ideally the range you are after is anywhere from 100 to 150 parts per million.
Sanitiser levels: The amount of chlorine, sanitiser in your pool water. Chlorine levels are required to be between 2.0 – 4.0 parts per million
Once we have run your water test you can start to tweak your chemical levels to make a perfect balance. It’s important to know what chemical it is that you are adding and what it does, always follow the instructions on the provided printout.
Remember every pool is different and you may come across your own pool’s challenges once you and your swimming pool are familiar with each other. If you get stuck the team at Pilbara Contracting Pool Shop are always here to help! We offer pool maintenance training and education to all of our customers and if it all gets too much or you simply don’t have the time to clean your pool – We can tailor a fortnightly or month to month routine service agreement, or provide a one-off service for your pool.