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Tips for Maintaining Your Pool

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It's the middle of the summer and if you're lucky enough to have a pool in your home or backyard, you're likely spending your days in the refreshing water. While it should be all fun and games, there are many responsibilities that come with having a pool. For starters, you need to practice proper safety procedures. On top of that, you need to make sure you're regularly maintaining it with all of the essential chemicals and cleaning practices. Here's a quick breakdown of what you need to do.

Test water to check the chemical levels.Test water to check the chemical levels.

Test Daily
It's extremely important to frequently test your pool water for the right levels of chemicals at any given time. Be sure to factor this into your day and use test strips to perform regular checks according to the instructions on the label. When you're using the correct amount of chemicals, you can rest assured that your family and friends are as safe as they can be from recreational water illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explained that the most common RWIs result in issues like gastrointestinal, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic, and wound infections. Regular testing can reduce pool goers' chances of getting some of these infections.

Shock Regularly
It's not enough just to make sure your water is properly treated with the right amount of chemicals. You should also "shock" your pool every week or so to rid the water of waste that naturally builds up with frequent use. Not only does this help keep the water sparkly and clean, but it also allows the chlorine and other chemicals to remove algae and bacteria without wasting it on sweat, cosmetics and other elements of waste. In the long run, this means you essentially need to use less chlorine.

Keep your pool water looking sparkly and clean by changing your filters.Keep your pool water looking sparkly and clean by changing your filters.

Change Filters
It's the filters' job to hold in foreign objects and keep them from clouding the water. However, when they become full of waste, they can no longer do their job. That's why it's so important to constantly clean out filters and replace them when necessary. You can backwash filters or remove them and hose them off every few weeks to keep them clean and performing at their best. The frequency with which you change filters depends on the kind you have, so take note of its timeline when you purchase it.

Use the Right Products
Some people choose to use chlorine and other chemicals, while others opt for saltwater pools. Whatever you decide to use for your own pool, make sure you know what kinds of cleaning products you need to maintain it properly. Even freshwater pools often need to be treated with special products to keep them clean and safe for swimmers.

Stay Safe
At first, you might think safety is only a concern for swimmers. However, you also need to follow safety best practices when it comes to cleaning and maintaining your pool. After all, when you're mixing chemicals and working on slippery surfaces, accidents could happen. Be sure to use protective equipment like gloves, face masks and goggles when shocking your pool and mixing chemicals and follow all instructions exactly to reduce the risk of any accidents. 

Clean Frequently
It's not just the water that needs your attention when you're maintaining a pool. The areas surrounding the water, like the handrails and ledges, should be wiped down periodically so they stay sanitized. Additionally, the area surrounding the pool should be kept as dry as possible to keep people from slipping and injuring themselves.


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