Pool maintenance is an ongoing activity and one of the keys to enjoyment of your pool year round. Whether your pool area is adorned with a glass balustrade, features frameless glass pool fencing or has a more basic setup, keeping the entire area clean and well-maintained is crucial to both pool safety and aesthetic attractiveness.
Optimal Water Chemistry
Pool water should be tested regularly to ensure that it is clean and safe for all users. Chlorine and pH balance ensure that bacteria, algae, viruses and harmful organisms don’t take residence in your pool. Both too much and too little chlorine could pose a risk to users and pool longevity. Incorrect pool chemistry can shorten the life span of a pool and dull the look of frameless glass pool fencing or nearby glass balustrades.
Seasonal Pool Maintenance
Those who love their pools are often looking for ways to extend the swimming season. This is more possible than ever due to advanced solar heating options and state-of-the-art pool covers. However, many users still close their pools during cold weather seasons. The following are some key tips for optimising swimming pool enjoyment and longevity season to season:
Thoroughly clean and vacuum the pool. Ensure that the pump is working and that there are no leaks. Have the pool serviced by a professional. Check the pH levels and chlorine every two weeks. Check the skimmer basket every two weeks regularly and empty when full; water level should be maintained about halfway up the skimmer box opening. Check filter pressure gauge to ensure it’s not indicating “backwash.” Run the pool lighting system 30 minutes per week to offset moisture buildup.
Peak Summer Swimming Season
During peak pool season, you should run your filtration system six to eight hours per day. Sanitiser levels should be checked daily, and pH levels monitored every two days. Do a two-week check of the pool water at a professional shop at least twice a month.
Clean and vacuum the pool regularly. Total Alkalinity should be checked weekly, as should the lint and hair pot basket. Pool filters should be cleaned weekly as well, and your water level should be halfway up the opening of the skimmer box.
Winding Down in Autumn
Pool cleaning and vacuuming will likely need to be more frequent due to falling leaves and debris. Cover the pool when not in use to minimise this effect. Filtration can be reduced to two to three hours per day, and chlorine output can be reduced in salt pools. At the end of autumn, pick up a winter treatment kit.
Tips for the Winter Hiatus
“Winterise” your pool by covering it completely. Check the skimmer basket every two weeks regularly and empty when full; water level should be maintained about halfway up the skimmer box opening. Check pH levels and chlorine every two weeks. Check filter pressure gauge to ensure it’s not indicating “backwash,” and run the pool lighting system 30 minutes per week.
Lastly, consider accenting your pool or pool area with an Aqua Vista Glass pool fence or glass balustrade. Frameless glass pool fencing and balustrades can bring a bright, open and stylish look to any indoor or outdoor space.