If you have a concrete pool, there is basic maintenance you should do at least weekly to make sure it is in the best condition for a healthy environment. Is there anything more refreshing on a blazing hot summer day than getting into the cool water in a pool? Not much. Having your own pool makes it so convenient to enjoy it every day or whenever your schedule allows. Just put on your swimsuit, grab a pool float, and jump or slide right in! But, in order to make sure your pool is providing an environment that is healthy for the participants, there is weekly maintenance you need to do. The maintenance items are all about making sure the water is clean and safe.
There is maintenance for a concrete pool that is distinctive from a pool with a liner, but none of it is difficult. It just takes a little time each week to make sure your pool is providing the safe, healthy recreational environment you want for your family. Here are six tips for maintaining your concrete pool during the summer.
Tip #1: Check the filter and filter pressure
The filter’s job is to sift out dirt and debris so that the water is clean. If your filter pressure isn’t what it should be or if the filter is clogged, then the filter isn’t doing the job and you can have dirty water. First, check the filter’s pressure gauge, which is on top of the filter itself. If you aren’t sure what the ideal pressure is for your unit, refer to the owner’s manual or call the manufacturer. Next, check the pool filter. A dirty filter can also result in dirty pool water. Use a hose to spray it down. If there is oil or grease on the filter, soak it in a filter cleaner for 24 hours.
Tip #2: Maintain the correct balance of chemicals
Keeping the proper pH levels in the pool’s water ensures the chlorine is working efficiently to kill contaminants like algae, germs, and harmful bacteria. Keeping the correct balance of chemicals also keeps your pool comfortable so as not to burn the skin or eyes. An imbalanced pool can also cause corrosion on your pump, ladders, and handrails. We recommend a daily check on the chemicals.
Tip #3: Shock your pool with chemicals
It’s a good idea to “shock” your pool a few times during the summer. When you shock, you dramatically raise the levels of chlorine for a short period of time to kill bacteria. This helps you to be sure that there are no bacteria in the water.
Tip #4: Keep water skimmed and vacuumed
A pool with debris like leaves and branches from trees is not a pretty pool. You should make a daily habit of skimming debris off the surface of your pool’s water. When left in the water, much of this debris can go to the bottom and it becomes more difficult to get out. Vacuuming your pool not only keeps the water clean but also reduces the amount of chemicals you need to add. You can use a manual pool vacuum or a self-functioning one. We recommend vacuuming your pool at least once a week if you are using a manual vacuum.
Tip #5: Maintain the correct water level
Over time the heat from the sun evaporates the water in your pool, making the water level decrease. Adequate water levels enable the skimmers to properly filter the water. If you have an automatic water supply, it is taken care of. But, if you need to add more water, just use a garden hose. And, don’t forget to rebalance the chemicals each time.
Tip #6: Brushing the walls
When you have a concrete pool, you need to keep the concrete clean, and the best way to do so is by brushing the walls. You can use a hard-bristle brush attached to a telescopic pole to brush the walls and floor. By brushing you remove bacteria or algae that may have accumulated on the porous surface of the concrete. After brushing, the loosened bacteria sink to the bottom of the pool. Then, you can use a pool vacuum to clean the bottom and collect the material.
If your pool hasn’t been cleaned on a regular basis, bacteria and algae may have accumulated on the concrete and stained it. If so, you need to acid wash it. Acid washing uses a strong acid solution to burn off the outer layer of the concrete to expose the clean layer beneath. Your pool will be refreshed after an acid wash. But, because this involves harsh chemicals, it may be best to let a professional handle it.
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We at Prestige Pools hope you are having a great summer and that this information will help you as you enjoy your backyard swimming pool! We provide both custom vinyl pools and concrete pools. Call us today to learn more about our selections and how we can help you create the pool of your dreams! To schedule a free consultation with one of our experts, reach out to us at 919-779-1033 or fill out our contact form today!