The first step to ensure a clean swimming pool is to provide proper pool maintenance by making sure the filtration system is in proper working order. The filter needs to be cleaned and serviced on a regular basis. This is usually when the pressure gauge on the filter increases 8 to 10 psi (pounds per square inch) from a baseline reading taken when a new cartridge is installed or the other filter types are back flushed and clean. In addition, the proper pool chemical treatment and chemical balance are two important parts in making a safe and clean water environment for the enjoyment of the pool by the whole family. Care needs to be taken whenever working with pool chemicals. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, injuries from pool chemicals are responsible for as many as 5,200 emergency room visits a year. The safe handling of pool chemicals and pool supplies is of utmost importance in protecting yourself, your guests and your love ones. The pool also needs to be brushed on a regular basis to remove any algae that may attach itself to the sides or bottom of the pool. Along with brushing, regular vacuuming is necessary. There are a number of self powered pool vacuums on the market that constantly vacuum the pool when the pool pump is in operation. They can make pool maintenance much easier.
Things You Will Need
For a Cartridge filter you will need an alkaline based cartridge cleaner solution, Garden hose, Pressure spray nozzle, For DE and Sand filters a back flush hose, To safely handle pool chemicals: Safety glasses, Protective gloves, Breathing masks, Pool brush with extension pole, pool vacuum
Inspect and clean the pools filter. There are three main types of filters: cartridge, sand and DE (Diatomaceous Earth). There are others but these are the big three that most pools utilize. The article on how to clean pool filters listed below in the Resources section provides instructions on how to clean all three types of pool filters.
Regularly brush and vacuum the sides and bottom of the pool. How often you need to clean your pool will depend on a number of factors such as if your pool is screened, how long your swimming season is, if there are trees near the pool or even if there is construction in the area that increases dust and dirt in the air. Also, empty the skimmer basket on a regular basis.
Properly treat your pool to maintain the correct chemical balance. Test the water regularly for such things as ph and chlorine levels among others. You can self test with pool test kits that are on the market or you can take a water sample to your local pool supply store and they will test the sample for you and make recommendations as to what chemicals to add. They usually do this service for free. (They want to sell you the proper chemicals.) Generally the people working at your neighborhood pool supply store can help walk you through the steps for safely adding whatever chemical is needed. They are usually a good source of information. Whenever you are handling pool chemicals make sure you are wearing the proper safety attire depending on which chemicals you are handling. Read and follow the recommendations and instructions listed on each chemical container. At a minimum, always wear safety glasses when handling any chemical. When appropriate, wear protective gloves and breathing masks in addition to the safety glasses. I recommend reading the article listed in the resources below for information on safely handling pool chemicals.
To ensure a clean pool make sure the filtration system is in proper working order and the proper chemical treatment and balance are present. Proper attention to these important details and the other items listed above will help make a safe and clean water environment for you and your family to enjoy.
Tips & Warnings
Never keep more chemicals on hand than can be used in a reasonable time period and check the containers often for expiration dates. If the chemicals have expired dispose of them properly. Many communities provide chemical disposal centers where you can safely and legally dispose them.
Always wear safety glasses and other safety items as listed above. They may well save you a trip to the emergency room.
NEVER mix Chlorine and Acid together.