Spring is the time of year when many people start thinking about getting their pool ready for summer. One of the most important things to do before doing natural pool treatment is to make sure that your water is crystal clear. That’s because the water in your pool can have a big impact on how much enjoyment you get out of it. If there are too many chemicals, the water will be cloudy, but if there aren’t enough chemicals, then algae will grow and make the water dirty.
Here are some tips that will help you keep your pool clean without spending a fortune on chemicals
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1. Check Your Filter
If you haven’t cleaned or replaced your filter in a while, now is the time. Make sure that you have plenty of spare filters on hand so you can replace them right away if need be. Otherwise, take a few minutes to clean out all of the gunk and debris from inside the filter compartment with a stiff brush and vacuum cleaner attachment.
To know the condition of your filter, take it down and have a look at the inside. If you don’t change your filters at the right time, the chemicals in your pool will increase and cause negative side effects such as eye irritation or skin rash for swimmers who use the pool on a regular basis.
The average lifespan of most filters is around twelve months. However, cheaper ones may last as little as six months. You should replace your filter at least every year to avoid getting a dirtier pool.
2. Clean Off Any Leaves Or Other Plant Matter
Leaves falling into your pool can clog the filter and lead to algae growth. But don’t worry! If you have a net and scoop, removing them from the pool is easy. Just go around your pool with a leaf rake or vacuum cleaner and remove any leaves that might be floating on the top of the water.
After doing this, it’s best not to empty out all of your pool water—this will only leave more room for dirt and other pollutants to get in the water and make it difficult to maintain a good balance of chlorine. And no matter what type of filter you have (sand filters are most common), they can become clogged if there’s too much debris in the water.
3. Install An Automatic Chlorinator For Easier Maintenance
A chlorinator keeps the water clean by adding chlorine to it. This is a great way to keep your pool water free from contaminants such as dirt, leaves, and suntan lotion that can interfere with its clarity. Chlorinators are also easy to maintain because they automatically add new supplies of chlorine when needed.
However, chlorinators do not automatically remove debris from your pool. You must manually remove any organic matter that may have found its way into the bottom of the basin so that it doesn’t get a chance to grow harmful bacteria.
The Bottom Line
Regular pool maintenance is essential for keeping your pool clean and free of debris, but it’s not always enough on its own. You also need to check filters, install a chlorinator, and soak or brush the walls to remove dirt.