Keeping Your Pool Sparkling: How Regular Maintenance Enhances Swimming

Splish splash, it’s pool time! But before you dive in, have you checked your pool’s chemical levels lately? A clean, sparkling pool takes your swim from ‘meh’ to ‘marvellous’ in an instant. When you put in the work to keep your pool properly maintained, you’ll reap the refreshing rewards all season long. So grab your sunscreen and flip flops, because you’re about to learn the simple secrets of pool care that’ll have you gliding through crystal clear water in no time. With a few easy maintenance tasks, you can sit back, relax and enjoy pristine pool perfection. No more cloudy water or slippery surfaces – just smooth sailing ahead for your best swim yet.


Chemical maintenance for pools


The Importance of Regular Pool Maintenance

To get the most enjoyment out of your pool this summer, consistent maintenance is key. When you keep your pool sparkling, you’ll find yourself wanting to swim more often. Who doesn’t love diving into clear, clean water on a hot day?

Regular maintenance, like skimming the surface, brushing the walls, and vacuuming the floor, removes debris and prevents algae buildup. Doing this 2-3 times a week during peak season will have your pool looking pristine and inviting.


Chemical Care

Balancing the chemicals in your pool water is also essential. Test the water at least once a week and adjust the levels of chlorine, pH, and alkalinity as needed. The proper chemical balance prevents bacteria, viruses and other nasty contaminants from breeding in the water. It also protects the pool equipment and surface from damage.

When you stay on top of maintenance, you avoid disasters like green, cloudy water or broken pumps that can ruin your swimming plans. Minor issues are also caught early before they become big, expensive problems.

In the end, a well-maintained pool means safe, clean and enjoyable swimming all season long. The time you invest in upkeep will reward you with a perfect pool paradise in your own backyard. Why not make the most of it? A quick skim here and a minor chemical tweak there can go a long way in enhancing your swimming experience. Dive in, the water’s great!


How to Create an Effective Pool Maintenance Routine

To keep your pool sparkling and inviting all season long, implement a regular maintenance routine. Consistency is key!


Chemical care

Test the water chemistry at least once a week and adjust as needed. The ideal pH level for a pool is between 7.2 and 7.8. Chlorine or bromine sanitisers should be 1 to 3 parts per million.
High or low chemical levels can damage the pool, irritate swimmers’ eyes and skin, and reduce the effectiveness of the sanitisers.

At Environ Pools we stand by mineral pool systems for less chlorine dependance and a more refreshing swimming experience. If you have a pool monitoring system, it’s easy to know when and how much pool minerals to add when your salinity is out of balance. Check out this video by our sister company, Pool Builders Pool Shop that breaks it down.

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MagnaPool Mineral Chart

Reference: MagnaPool Mineral Chart


Skimming and scrubbing

Skim the water surface daily to remove leaves, insects and other debris. Scrub the pool walls and floor weekly or biweekly to prevent stains and algae buildup. Pay extra attention to corners and edges where dirt tends to collect.


Vacuuming and cleaning filters

Vacuum the entire pool floor, especially after heavy use. Check and clean filters weekly or monthly depending on filter type. Clogged filters are inefficient and can damage circulation equipment like pumps. Replace old cartridge filters every 1-2 years.


General equipment checks

Inspect equipment like pumps, heaters, lights and automatic pool cleaners regularly and repair or replace as needed. Well-maintained equipment operates more efficiently, saving energy and money.


Shock treatment

Apply shock treatment, a concentrated dose of sanitiser, at least once a month or if the water appears dull or algae starts to form. Shocking the pool helps eliminate bacteria and restores sparkling, crystal clear water.

With a consistent routine of testing, adjusting, scrubbing, vacuuming and shocking, you’ll keep your pool looking and feeling clean, clear and ready for enjoyment all season. A little time invested in maintenance goes a long way!


DIY Pool Maintenance vs Hiring a Professional

Maintaining a sparkling clean pool requires commitment to regular care and upkeep. The big question is whether to handle pool maintenance yourself or hire a professional service. There’s no shame in either choice.


DIY Maintenance

Doing it yourself saves money and allows you to personally ensure high standards are met. However, it requires investing time to learn proper techniques and staying on top of a frequent schedule. Basic tasks like skimming debris, vacuuming, testing chemical levels and adding chemicals are manageable for most owners. More complex jobs like draining or repairing equipment may require professional help.


Kids swimming in a clean pool

Professional Service

Professional pool maintenance services handle everything for you according to a regular service schedule. They have the expertise and equipment to keep your pool clean and balanced. Although more expensive, professional service gives you peace of mind knowing your pool is well cared for and the work is guaranteed. Look for licenced and insured companies with certified technicians and competitive rates like the team at Pool Builders Pool Shop who offer a supreme service for reasonable rates. Ask about the types of chemicals and cleaning methods they use to make sure they align with your preferences.

In the end, you need to weigh the costs versus benefits of each option based on your needs, available time and budget. Many pool owners find a combination works well, handling basic weekly maintenance themselves and hiring professionals for more intensive monthly or quarterly care. Don’t forget that keeping your pool well maintained not only ensures safety and enjoyment, but also protects your investment by preventing damage and costly repairs down the road. Regular care and upkeep, whether DIY or professional, is key to keeping your pool sparkling and enhancing your swimming experience.

So there you have it – keeping your pool sparkling with regular maintenance really can take your swimming experience to the next level. Not only will it keep the water clean and hygienic, but it ensures everything is running smoothly and efficiently too. When you glide through crystal clear water with no worries about equipment failure or messy grime, you can simply relax and enjoy the sensation of swimming freely. Make pool care a habit, not a chore, and you’ll reap the benefits every time you dive in. Your pool is an investment after all – look after it, and it will look after you in return. Just imagine that first swim of the season in a pool that’s pool party ready – doesn’t that sound like the perfect way to start your summer?


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