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7 Tips To Keep The Pool Swim-Ready & Safe All Summer Long
Did you know that there are some easy pool safety tips to keep your swimming area safe this summer? There's a lot of advice out there, but here are 7 tips that we think every pool owner should do:
1. Get Prepared For The Swim Season.
Make sure that your pool cleaning equipment is in tip-top shape. The Solar-Breeze NX2, telescopic pole, vacuum hose, and brush are just a few of the items you should have on hand for effective maintenance. Stock up on chemicals and purchase a water test kit or test strips, then make sure the pool is at its normal level.
2. Test The pH And Chlorine Levels
The water in your pool should have a pH level of 7.4, as this is the same pH that human eyes are at and will reduce eye irritation from chlorine, while maintaining an effective disinfectant. The chlorine level should stay between 1.0 and 3.0 parts per million (ppm) to maintain a healthy pool, which means the water is clean enough for you or your kids to swim in without any worries.
The Solar-Breeze NX2 comes with a built-in chemical dispenser for easy and consistent sanitation. Make sure to test your pool water levels every week throughout the summer and maintain a safe level.
3. Clean The Pool Filter.
Keeping your filter system clean is crucial to maintaining a healthy family. Check, clean, and replace dirty cartridge filters. Sand filters need to be backwashed and cleaned regularly in order to keep from building up sand or other debris which can lead to clogging, damage, leaks, etc.
The Solar-Breeze NX2’s skimmer basket and debris tray should be cleaned out once each week. To do this, remove the foam filter from the inside of the pool pump housing to access it easier.
4. Brush And Vacuum The Pool
The Solar-Breeze NX2 will keep the pool free of 95% of sunken debris, but it's important to brush and vacuum the sides regularly too. It only takes a few minutes a week to make sure that your pool is clean for swimming all season long. Plus, you'll save money on chemicals by not having to use as much.
5. Identify Algae Types
The pool is a perfect place for algae to grow. There are several types of algae that can form on the side and turn water green during the summer heat, making it hard to swim in your own backyard oasis.
Black and mustard algae can look like dirt or sand on the bottom of a pool. Act quickly if you see this occur, as it will continue to grow at an alarming rate!
6. Clean The Pool Deck
It's not hard to do, but it does take some time and effort. You'll need a hose, scrub brush, bucket, or other containers for the dirty water, and a towel or old t-shirt for drying off the deck. The best way to start is by hosing down all of the debris from the surface so you can get rid of it with ease.
Next, use your scrub brush to remove any dirt that has accumulated on top of the surface before rinsing away what you've just cleaned up with fresh water. Finally, dry off any remaining moisture left behind with your towel or shirt before putting everything back where they belong!
A clean pool deck will look great and be much more enjoyable to walk on. It'll also save time in the long run because you won't have to spend as much time scrubbing away at stubborn dirt and grime. Plus, when people come over they'll think better of your house!
7. Establish Pool Safety Rules.
The National Drowning Prevention is an excellent resource for pool safety.
If you want to keep your pool in tip-top shape then cleaning out its surrounding area should be one of your weekly chores - don't forget about these 7 steps!
And if you're looking for more tips on how to maintain a clean swimming environment, check out our other blogs like “How to remove pool algae” or “How to fix cloudy pool water”, which will give you even more advice on how to make sure that no matter what happens around it, your pool stays nice and clean inside and out!
Helpful Resources For Your Swimming Pool
- 5 Tips Of Pool Leak Detection
- 10 Signs You Have A Water Main Leak
- How To Remove Pool Algae
- How To Fix Cloudy Pool Water
- Understanding Pool Cartridge Filters
- Understanding Pool Chlorine
- Common Pool Leaks
- Pros & Cons Of Hiring Leak Detector
- Pool Leaking Vs Water Evaporating
- Low Water Pressure
- Signs Of A Gas Leak
- Detect An Irrigation Leak
- Warning Signs Of A Slab Leak
- Pool Skimmer Leaks
- Pool Leak Detection Using Ultrasound