Pool cleaning can be done by anyone, a professional, or you.
Here are some handy pool cleaning tips to keep in mind. Whether you are a new pool owner or have had a pool for many years, these tips will come in handy because they help the pool stay in shape for longer.
In this article we will cover the following pool cleaning tips:
- How do I get my swimming pool water crystal clear?
- How do prevent my chlorine reading dropping to zero? Stabilise your pool water.
- What should I do after my pool has just been re-plastered? (Marbelite)
- How often should I change the sand in my filter?
- My Kreepy keeps getting stuck on the steps.
- How can I clean the scum-line off my swimming pool tiles?
- My pool keeps going green after the rain.
- How do I get my pH in my swimming pool right, and prevent pH bounce?
- How often should I test my pool water at home?
- Is a Salt Water pool easier to maintain?
1. How do I get my swimming pool water crystal clear?
We use a brilliant BioGuard product called Polysheen Blue. It’s a concentrated water clarifier, only 15ml needed per 10, 000l of pool water. We’ve been using it to clean our pools in Durban North for 13 years and have never been disappointed.
2. How do prevent my chlorine reading dropping to zero? Stabilise your pool water.
To protect the chlorine from being zapped out of your pool by UV rays from the sun, add SunShield stabiliser. This is a pool cleaning tip to help keep the chlorine residual in your swimming pool water, even on Durban’s sunniest of days.
3. What should I do after my pool has just been re-plastered? (Marbelite)
The single most important thing to do once your pool has been re-surfaced and topped up with fresh tap water is to balance it. Every pool we re-surface gets balanced by us, on start-up, with calcium, Sodium Bicarbonate, and Stabiliser. This ensures the proper curing and longevity of your newly plastered pool surface.
4. How often should I change the sand in my filter?
This depends entirely on how the pool is used. Do dogs swim in the pool? Do you have a high bather load, with lots of kids and lots of suntan lotion going into the pool? If you do, we recommend changing the sand in your filter al least every 2 years because poor filtration leads to higher chemicals consumption and poor circulation.
5. My Kreepy keeps getting stuck on the steps.
If your Kreepy or Pool Cleaner gets stuck in places in your swimming pool, there are a few things you can try:
Take one hose off
Put an extra hose on
Try changing the direction the aimflow jet is shooting water in
Increase the suction strength on the flow control valve
Try using a different pool cleaner to see if it works better – borrow one from a friend
6. How can I clean the scum-line off my swimming pool tiles?
We use a great product called Off The Wall made by BioGuard. It’s perfect for swimming pools because it doesn’t affect the water balance like household cleaners would. Easy to spray on, let the foam soak, and then wipe it off. (Older scum-lines are harder to remove, so the process may need to be repeated.)
7. My pool keeps going green after the rain.
Every time it rains or there’s a thunderstorm, a swimming pool can easily turn green for several reasons such as a change in pH or water temperature. We use a great product called BackUp by BioGuard. If the chlorine in the pool gets depleted, BackUp will help algae prevention, because it will save you having to keep shocking the pool after rainstorms.
8. How do I get my pH in my swimming pool right, and prevent pH bounce?
If you find it difficult to manage your pH readings, then it could be that your Total Alkalinity is very low. Increase your pool water alkalinity – 80ppm (parts per million) to 120ppm in Marble Plaster Pools and 120ppm to 160ppm in Fibreglass Pools. Test your pool water at a professional pool shop with a professional water testing station. They can have your water fully analysed.
9. How often should I test my pool water at home?
During the summer months, we recommend that you test your pool water at least once a week. This will keep you in the know about your pool’s water balance and can help you pick up potential problems, like your pool going green or cloudy before it happens.
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10. Is a Salt Water pool easier to maintain?
Yes, it certainly is, because Salt Chlorinators prevent you from having to physically add chlorine to your pool water. It manufactures chlorine gas from the salt in the water. This not only saves you time but also saves you money.
Note that not all Salt Chlorinators are equal, so investigate and purchase a chlorinator that is manufactured by a reputable brand.
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