The swimming pool may be one of the most attractive and luxurious amenity a home can have.
Home and garden owners know that it’s also one of the most difficult ones to maintain. Having a pool is a huge responsibility and it may cost more to clean than to buy it.
If you’re a swimming pool owner, then the thought of how much you’d have to pay someone else to clean your pool may have crossed your mind.
Depending on how dirty your pool is, the amount you pay ranges from $100 to $600 for an average cleaning job of 3 hours. If you clean your pool once every month, then you can assume that you’ll be spending close to $7,000 a year cleaning your pool.
With the many ways that your pool can be dirty such as its water turning green (which means there is an imbalance in the pH level and algae has and bacteria have started to grow on your pool) or debris clogging up the surface, there also comes many ways on how to clean it.
If you’re worried about all the money you’re going to spend when you decide to hire professional help for your pool maintenance, you can rid yourself of all the stress because you can save a lot if you know how to clean your own pool. Here are just some of the easiest ways you can clean your own pool:
- Rid the pool surface of various debris.
Ifyour pool is not that dirty and all the dirt is concentrated on the surface, then you don’t have to stress because it’s just easy to fish out some of the trash by using a safety net.
Just bring out a safety net with a long handle and start to catch all the trash pieces from your pool, such as fallen leaves or twigs. If this is the level of dirtiness of your pool, then you’re lucky because you won’t have to spend a time, unless you don’t have a net of your own. In that case, you must buy, of course.
- Scrub the sides of your pool.
As mentioned earlier, algae and bacteriatend to grow on the pool when the pH level is not balanced. Onceyou failed to watch the chemicals in your pool and that happens, all that’s left to do is to clean your pool manually.
Simply take a cleaning brush long enough to reach the length and the depth of your pool and start scrubbing. If you don’t have that specific tool or can’t buy it anywhere else, you can just improvise by attaching a simple cleaning scrub to a long pole and use it for your pool-cleaning purposes. Even if your people are not as dirty as this yet, you still must make sure that you scrub it with your brush at least once every week to keep it as clean as possible.
- Run the vacuum.
No matter how hard you scrub the sides and floors of your pool, there will still be some pesky dirt and debris that you can’t scrub off. In that case, it’s time to run the vacuum.
Once you’ve got it up and running, it’s time to run it around the pool until it absorbs all the dirt and debris that you missed.
- Always make sure that your pool is pH-balanced.
Now that you’ve learned your lesson after painstakingly scrubbing the sides and floors of your pool and cleaning it with the vacuum, the next step is to always ensure that your pool is pH-balanced to prevent your swimming pool from becoming the breeding grounds for algae and bacteria once again.
To do that, you’ll have to put some sort of chemical into your pool that will act as the agent that will keep your pool clean for a long time and fight off any algae and bacteria that threaten to make your pool dirty once again.
Chlorine is one of the chemicals you can use for your pool; however, once you apply it, don’t just let anyone swim immediately. Simply wait for it to rest and the strength of the chemical to subside so it won’t be harmful to the swimmers. An alternative is using saltwater if you don’t want your pool exposed to harsh chemicals.
- Keep the pool filter and surroundings clean.
There you have it: you now have a squeaky-clean pool. However, you also need to watch the filter and the surroundings for you to have an amazing and beautiful pool all the time.
Always remember to check the filter for any clog or debris to avoid the build-up of dirt.
When you see an obstruction, make sure to take it out and throw it out. Make it a point to check your filter regularly.
About the author:
Davrie is no stranger to arts and creativity. Through her home-improvement blog, buildersandhammers.com, she translates her expertise into easily digestible words and seeks to connect with similarly minded businesses to help home owners and do-it-yourselfers achieve their living comfort. Other than being a writer, she’s also a digital nomad, a digital marketing nut, and enjoys spending time at the beach.