Taking Care of A Pool

Taking Care of A Pool

Orlando is a perfect place to live if you want to have an in-ground pool in your backyard. Once you get past the large expenditure, though, it requires constant upkeep to maintain a pool and ensure it is safe for swimming.

 

The first thing you will need is a test kit so you can test the chlorine and pH levels in your pool water. If you are a new pool owner, you should probably purchase a starter kit which will contain instructions how to care for your pool. Make sure your kit includes shock packets, algicide, clarifier, and rust and scale remover.

 

To shock a swimming pool, triple the amount of chlorine you would normally use so all bacteria will be killed. Chlorine isn’t the only chemical you can use, but it works best and it’s usually less expensive than other chemicals used to clean pools. While you can, and should, shock your pool on a regular basis, you may also need to shock the pool outside of scheduled maintenance. Your pool kit should have instructions for this process.

 

If you are going to spend the money for an in-ground pool, you should consider purchasing an automatic pool cleaner. If you purchase a manual pool vacuum cleaner, you will be very busy because it requires vacuuming once a week. An automatic pool cleaner is easy to use because all you have to do is hook it up and it does the work for you. It will capture debris such as leaves and other yard materials that blow into your pool on a regular basis. It filters these materials and the only work required of you is to remove the debris from the filter bag. Wouldn’t you rather have an automatic cleaner do all of this work rather than you, so you can spend more time swimming and enjoying your pool? Once the pool is cleaned and the water is balanced, test your water weekly to keep chlorine and pH levels within appropriate levels.

 

When closing a pool, drain the pool just a couple of inches below the water return. Place a cap over the eyeball and the skimmer and detach all hoses. Remove the pump and filter. Place a large inner tube in the middle of the pool to allow for ice expansion. Place a winter kit of solid chlorine in the pool then place a winter cover tightly on the pool.

 

There are a number of Orlando pool repair shops that can give you advice on pool care. Obtain all of the information you can for such a large and important purchase. Lastly, always remember the importance of safety.

Happy swimming!

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