11 Dec How to Keep Your Inground Pool in Pristine Condition
Having a pool in your backyard is a treat. You get to swim and splash around with your family when summer rolls around, and on the Gold Coast, all year round. But to enjoy your pool completely and for many years to come, you need to ensure it’s properly maintained and free of any hazards.
Here are our tips to keep your inground pool in pristine condition.
Clean your pool weekly
To keep your inground pool in good condition, make sure to clean it every week. Use a pool skimmer to get rid of floating debris on the water’s surface. Then, you can clean the pool sides by scrubbing them with a toothbrush. Once the dirt has settled at the bottom of the pool, use a pool vacuum to thoroughly clean the pool.
Treat with algaecide
Cleaning the pool of dirt and debris isn’t enough to keep algae from growing on it. So, make sure to add the right amount of algaecide once a week to prevent algae growth. 3 oz per 10,000 gallons of water is usually the correct dosage. But to be safe, consult your manufacturer for the right amount.
Aside from the algaecide, another chemical that must be added to keep your inground pool in pristine condition is chlorine. Add chlorine only once per fortnight. It’s available in liquid and solid form and either will work just fine.
Make sure to read the manufacturer’s manual for the correct amount to add before pouring into the pool. And to pour the pool chlorine properly, do it around the edge of the pool instead of doing so in just one spot. After adding the chlorine, wait for two hours before allowing people to swim.
Check the pH levels
Once a month, check the inground pool’s pH and alkalinity levels by using a pool test kit. A pool in the best condition has a chlorine level of about 3 parts per million and a pH level between 7.2 and 7.6. To increase the pH level, just add sodium carbonate or sodium bicarbonate to the pool. On the other hand, pour some sodium bisulfate or muriatic acid to lower the pH level.
A filter system is a very useful tool to keep your inground pool clean and safe to bathe in. Run it for at least 8 hours daily for appropriate filtration and circulation. To ensure that it’s working properly, clean the filtration traps around the pool weekly.
Maintain the water level
It’s also important to keep your pool at the correct water level. To monitor it, look at the opening of the skimmers. The right pool level should be between the midpoint and an inch from the top of the opening of the skimmer.
Replace the vinyl liner
Concrete inground pools are covered with vinyl liner, which has a serviceable life of between 5-9 years. To keep your inground pool in pristine condition, you need to replace the vinyl liner once its serviceable life ends. You should also replace it when you notice any damage to prevent water from damaging the walls and floor of your pool.
Oasis Pool Constructions
Whether you own a fibreglass or concrete inground pool, these tips will help ensure that it remains in pristine condition all-year-round. But to make sure that you’re doing the right thing, always consult your manufacturer as its team of expert builders have years of experience in ensuring that inground pools remain in great condition.
For concrete pools built by Oasis Pool Constructions, call us on 07 5649 9810 and one of our pool specialists will assist you with pool maintenance-related questions, or enquire online if you want to build concrete pools for your properties in Gold Coast or Brisbane.