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Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips

Its that time of year when you are likely thinking about pool time 🙂
We love the time we spend in our pools with family, friends or even for some alone time, but the things have a need for upkeep and maintenance.


Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips


Swimming Pool Tips for Keeping Clean and Well Maintained

Here are some articles with great tips from around the web to help you keep yours up to scratch, nice and clean and in great working order.

10 Great Pool Maintenance Tips

Cutting down the Electricity Cost

Algae Types and How to Get Rid of Them

How to Test and Adjust Your Pools PH Levels

12 Common Swimming Pool Maintenance Mistakes

Pool House
This US Based web site has some good tips and videos to watch too!
Some good advice for those getting a new Pool on the maintenance tips you should keep in mind.
If you have any great tips of your own, please comment below and let others know. Its great to share 🙂

Thanks for reading today.

Swimming Pool Ideas

It’s that time of year once again. The Pool will need a spruce up in time for summer swimming days and nights!

If you have been thinking about getting a pool installed, perhaps the links on this article may help you with some inspiration?

Having a pool is wonderful in a country like ours. It adds to the special time spent outdoors with family and friends and our children. Just remember to keep the pool covered and safe from the young ones!
At Hot Pot, you can find our range of swimming pool paint and other items in stock.

Send us your pictures of your swimming pools and we will add them to this post to inspire others! From the above ground pools to the slightly obscure, take a look and see what inspires you!


Rock Star Pool?

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the image above and below.

Nice looking pool

Nice looking pool

Nice Pool Bar

Nice Pool Bar

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Something Natural Looking

Something Natural Looking

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Of course, if you live here (below on Necker Island) like Sir Richard, then you may not need the pool 🙂

Necker Island View from Top Suite

Necker Island View from Top Suite

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Swimming Pool Maintenance

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Care for your Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool Up Keep

Many families dream of having a backyard swimming pool to enjoy on lazy summer days. However, installing the pool isn’t the only thing that you need to worry about. Once you get your pool in correctly, it will be your job as the owner to do regular swimming pool maintenance. If you neglect this important chore, your pool can become damaged or even unsafe to use. However, it’s not difficult to properly maintain a pool.

Cleaning the Pool

The biggest part of maintaining your pool properly is cleaning it effectively. Your pool has a filter system that cleans and circulates the pool water. The most common filter uses sand to remove contaminants from the pool water. This system will need to be cleaned.

In order to clean the pool water and filter system, you will first want to remove all large particles from the water, such as leaves. You can do this with a pool net. The filter system will remove smaller particles by sucking water through the sand filter. Your filter should be active for at least six, and as much as eight, hours a day. It should cycle on and off automatically. If you notice that the filter isn’t as effective as it should be, you will need to do some deep cleaning.

During the prime swimming season, you should brush and vacuum the pool at least once a week. A large brush, made for this job, is scraped against the side walls of the pool. As the debris settles to the bottom, a pool vacuum removes it all. At the same time, it’s a good idea to backwash the filtering system. This reverses the flow and blows out any accumulated debris in the filter. You should be able to test the water and realize a significant increase in flow. This is a good indication that it has been done correctly.

Adjust Chemical Levels

After a thorough cleaning has been accomplished, it’s time to check on the PH and chemical levels in the pool. Many pool owners don’t spend a lot of time making sure that a proper balance is achieved in a backyard pool. However, it’s really quite simple to test your pool. You can purchase a water test kit that will help you stay on top of this. After determining these levels, you can adjust the additions that you make to the pool water more effectively. This not only makes it more comfortable to swim, but also safer.

Trouble Shooting Problems

If you pay close enough attention to basic maintenance, you shouldn’t experience very many serious problems with your pool. However, some common problems that are encountered include staining, chlorine burn, cloudy water, algae or swimmers becoming ill. Obviously, if you notice any of these issues, discontinue using the pool until you get to the bottom of the problem.

Some problems can be fixed more than other and don’t cause health problems. Algae, for example, is easily handled by properly adjusting the chlorine levels. Cloudy water could be an indication that the pool needs to be cleaned more often. Surprisingly, when a chlorine smell is heavy, that can mean that you actually aren’t using enough. When there isn’t enough chlorine to break down debris components in the water, a chemical off gassing occurs.

Illness from pool water should be taken very seriously. In no cases should you allow people who you know to be ill to swim in your backyard pool. In addition, if you suspect that your pool has caused illness, stop swimming in it until you have determined the cause and corrected the problem.

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