What to Know About Cleaning Your Pool

If you are reading this I am sure you have had the dream of buying a home with your own swimming pool in the backyard. There’s no arguing that having a pool at your own home is incredible. On a hot day, all you have to do to cool yourself off is walk to the backyard and jump into the water.

However, there are a couple of things that you need to know before getting your own swimming pool.

Keeping in mind the most important part of having a pool is maintaining it so that it is safe for you to enjoy.

The importance of pool cleaning

It is essential to clean your pool on a regular basis, even if you do not think that it is dirty. You have to set and follow a pool cleaning schedule. If you fail to do so, you will end up the owner of a filthy pool full of germs and bacteria. In fact, you might encounter algae issues around the pool or even inside of the pool.

Even if the water is cleaned from time to time, it is crucial to cover the pool to prevent any debris, leaves, or animals from entering. If a family member or pet accidentally falls into a pool of filthy water, they will be susceptible to health risks, potentially developing bacteria or respiratory infections.

Everyone knows that a swimming pool needs chemicals and sanitizers to be at its best. However, these two things are not enough. Sure, they keep the pool water at the right pH level and clean, but the pool itself is not going to be hygienic without proper cleaning. If you do not know how to clean the pool, keep on reading.

// Stock up on the essential equipment

If you have never cleaned your pool before, you will have to stock up on the essentials for the job. A regular house cleaning mop and a few rags are not going to do the job the right way. Just visit a local store that sells pool supplies and purchase for the right cleaning equipment. Some of the common cleaning supplies that you should buy are a telescopic pole, pool brush, manual and robotic pool vacuum, and pool cleaning products. If you do not know what kind of equipment you should get, ask an assistant at the pool supplies store or get help from a professional.

// Learn the proper cleaning methods

Now that you have all of the necessary equipment ready, it is time to clean the pool. You can start by scrubbing the pool walls and floor using a manual brush once per week. If you buy a robotic vacuum, you may use that instead. The purpose of this is to ensure that the surface of the pool is free of dirt and bacteria. If there are bugs, debris, and leaves floating on the water, use a skimmer net to collect everything and remove them from the pool. It is also crucial to check every area of the pool while you are cleaning it.

Make sure that you check the corners and the stairs of the pool. After you finish cleaning the swimming pool, do not forget to wash or change the pool filters thoroughly. If you neglect the filters, the pool water will still be dirty, no matter how often you clean the entire thing.

Purple Heart Pools is a top rated pool maintenance company in Jacksonville, get in touch today to see how we can help.

How to Keep Your Pool Clean All Year Round!

Do you have an outdoor swimming pool? If so, that’s wonderful! An outdoor pool is a perfect place to cool down from the scorching heat during summer. It’s also great for pool parties, summer barbecues, and other family get-togethers.

However, having those gatherings means cleaning and maintaining your pool so that everyone can enjoy it safely. Swimming is one of the most popular recreational activity for children and teens, as well as for some adults. Statistics even show there are around ten million swimming pools in the US. This means there are millions of pools that need to be maintained by individual households. The water in your pool may look relatively clear, but that doesn’t mean it’s clean. Wondering what makes your pool dirty? Aside from leaves, dust, and other debris that can fall in, approximately one out of five people pee in pools while just about four out of five people jump into pools without showering beforehand.

The same study that found the above data also mentioned that 85% of swimming pools use chlorine to sanitize. If you keep an outdoor pool in your property, we’ll help you with three primary and simple ways to keep your pool clean all year-round. It’s not as tedious as you might think. Shall we begin?

Chlorinate and Balance Your Pool’s PH Level

The use of chlorine is the most common way to keep a swimming pool clean. Chlorine solution, when poured into water, breaks down into many different chemicals and kills bacteria through a relatively simple chemical reaction. This chemical solution prevents algae from invading the water and bacteria from spreading throughout the pool. Chlorine levels should be maintained between one and four ppm.

To make sure that the chlorine solution you put in is effective, it is highly recommended that you make sure that your pool’s pH level is between 7.2 and 7.8 beforehand. This is because chlorine starts to become less effective if the pH level goes up. A pH level pertains to the total alkalinity and the calcium hardness level in a water-based solution.

Regulating the pH level of your pool will reduce skin irritations and keep your eyes from itching. Maintaining a healthy pH level will not only keep your pool’s water clean but will also prevent metal components and equipment from corroding as well as plaster-made surfaces from etching.

Monitor Your Water Levels

It’s best to monitor your pool’s water level regularly. When controlling the water level, the general rule of thumb is to keep it at the pool’s skimmer level. You don’t want the water to rise too high nor fall to low.  Why? If the water level rises too high, the skimmer’s door will not function correctly. Keeping the water level too low, however, will put your pump at risk of drying out and burning up.

Clean Your Pool

Chlorinating the pool, maintaining its pH level, and monitoring its water levels on a regular basis might keep the pool clean all year round. However, the most practical way to maintain your pool is to clean it regularly.

What does it mean? Some of the essential cleaning methods include but are not limited to the following:

  • Removing leaves, dirt, and other debris on the surface of the water
  • Emptying the pump and skimmer baskets
  • Hose cleaning, tile cleaning, filter back-washing, and vacuuming the surface
  • Visual equipment inspections and quarterly computer water analysis

If you clean your pool regularly, you can make sure that it is ready for a dip at any time of the year! If you need help maintaining your pool and spa our team of pool specialist are always available to help.

Purple Heart Pools is a top rated pool maintenance company in Jacksonville, get in touch today to see how we can keep your pool clean today.

How to Keep Your Pool Crystal Clean.

Getting a pool is all fun and games until you have to maintain it.

It is really important that you take on the responsibility of keeping your water clear and beautiful for your swims. Having your own pool is great, but taking care of it is important if you want it to stay beautiful and sparkling! Here are some tips on how to keep your pool glimmering and beautiful:

Deep clean your pool regularly

You will want to give your pool a good deep cleaning every once in a while. This means a good scrub down to remove any large debris using a heavy-duty skimmer, brushing your walls thoroughly with a pool brush, and vacuuming. If you suspect you might be having an issue with algae, vacuum it.

You may also want to get rid of any crud that might be causing your pool water to look cloudy by mega-dosing it in chlorine or whatever sanitizer you use. This is called ‘shocking’ your pool, and it will eliminate any cloudiness that might be from the bacteria, contaminants, and algae. You may want to double or triple shock if you are experiencing algae invading your pool.

Filtering your pool

Filtering your pool for eight hours a day is important, and it’s likely that your pool will be doing this through their pumps anyways. You should deep clean or replace your filter before you run it, especially after you shock your pool to ensure that the extra sanitizer is rinsed out of your circulation system and that clean water is being distributed.

Utilize your drains

Use your bottom drains. The main skimmer of your pool is at the surface and will not be able to reach any of the debris that might accumulate at the bottom of your pool. Using your bottom drains will suck any sediment away and bring them straight to your filter. Hook up your manual vacuum cleaner and try to center it in on the bottom of your pool. Now turn it upside down, allowing your filter to pull the water from the bottom of your pool with the vacuum head, which will release filtered water through the pool’s return jet.

Other ways to fix cloudy water

Floc your pool with a flocculant to allow the debris to sink to the bottom in order to vacuum it out before topping it back off for your swim. You might also want to use a pool additive that will clarify your water. This should be part of your pool’s weekly routine as it will keep your pool looking fresh and well-maintained.

Preventing cloudy water in the first place

By maintaining your pool, testing its balance, skimming, vacuuming, balancing, and maintaining the filter weekly, you can keep your pool looking clean, clear, and healthy all season long. Prevention is the best way to get the results you want. Follow all these maintenance steps and you should have clear, clean, gleaming water in no time.

Purple Heart Pools is a top rated pool maintenance company in Jacksonville, get in touch today to see how we can help.