Want To Clean Your Own Pool? A DIY Guide To Inground Swimming Pool Maintenance

Want To Clean Your Own Pool? A DIY Guide To Inground Swimming Pool Maintenance

How to Take Care of an Inground Swimming Pool

From SF Gate

Some people just seem to have the Do-it-yourself gene.  No matter how much time or effort it takes them, these people get the most satisfaction about doing a job themselves, and doing it well.  One might think that a leisure item like an inground swimming pool might present a different case, but alas, once a DIY’er always a DIY’er.  This post from SF Gate provides a simple and easy guide to taking care of one’s pool on one’s own, complete with opening, closing, maintenance and chemistry tips and tricks.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

When added to the backyard, an inground pool offers entertainment, leisure, exercise opportunities — and an increase in value to your home. A 2003 study by the National Association of Realtors found that an inground swimming pool adds about 8 percent to your home’s value. The typical pool maintenance schedule involves a few weekly and monthly tasks, along with several daily tips to keep in mind. If there isn’t a pool supply store convenient to your home, most super stores and home improvement stores also offer pool care equipment and supplies.
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Check your pool’s pH and chlorine levels at least twice per week. Your pool water should maintain a pH range of 7.4 to 7.6 and a chlorine level of 1.0 to 3.0 parts per million (ppm), according to the My Pool Supply website. Test the pool water levels at dusk at least four hours after all swimmers have left the water and at least eight hours after a rain or wind storm. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for the testing strips you choose. If necessary, add products to re-balance these levels.
Clean the pool at least once per week. For a thorough cleaning, empty the skimmer baskets, skim the leaves and debris from the water. If there is debris on the bottom of the inground pool, use a vacuum cleaner designed for pool use. Skim the surface with a cleaning net.
Apply pool surface cleaner to the waterline on the pool walls. These cleaners eliminate waterline stains to keep your pool looking fresh. Apply the cleaner with a pool brush. Once you rub the cleaner into the wall at the waterline surface, dip the brush into the water and give a quick scrub to the walls under the water surface.

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