When it comes to pool maintenance and pool cleaning, there are many different ways you can go about it. Here at Allen Pool Atlanta, we understand that not everyone can do professional weekly pool maintenance and that many of you do it on your own. If you are a do-it-yourself-er, and even if you have weekly help from someone like us, these pool maintenance hacks can help keep your pool clean and make maintenance a little more bearable.
Pool Maintenance Tips & Tricks
The Super Charged Skimmer
While traditional skimmer baskets are good at filtering out leaves and other debris, we also know that they can leave a lot behind in your pool. So, to make your skimmer work harder, just take a pair of old pantyhose and wrap them around the baskets. This helps remove smaller particles like sand, hair, fine dirt and more. You will need to clean the baskets at least once a week and you should still skim the surface for larger debris every few days.
Few people like bugs buzzing around when in the pool or sun bathing. Also, they aren’t fun when they are just floating on the surface of your pool or when you have to clean them out of your skimmer baskets.
To keep bugs away, use lemon grass. Planting lemon grass near the pool helps ward off pests like mosquitoes as the plant’s skin contains citronella which is a natural bug repellant. If you have a problem with wasps or hornets, build a fake nest out of a brown paper back and fill it with plastic grocery bags. Usually wasps will not build a nest with 20 feet of an existing nest, even if that existing one is fake.
Tennis Balls to Clean
When people use the pool, grime is going to build up. That grime includes sunscreen, makeup, body oil, and hair products. As a result of these things, you will start to see an oil-looking sheen on the water’s surface. To get rid of this grime, toss several tennis ball into the pool. They will absorb the oil and help restore your water to looking crystal-clear.
No Clothes in Pool
It happens. You have a friend who forgets his bathing suit, so he just goes in with his regular shorts on. Then, as the party gets going, more people just jump in without changing into swim suits. The fibers in regular clothes do fray and the dyes will bleed when in contact with chlorine. This will make your pool cloudy. So, to keep that from happening, adopt a no clothes (swim suits only) policy.
Baking soda is a great alkalinity. And, if you are a do-it-yourself-er, you may find it cheaper than most pool products. Essentially, keep checking the pH levels a couple times a week, and after a heavy rain. If you need to add alkalinity, you can use baking soda insteaf. About a pound of it equal to any alkalinity product.
And, you can make a baking soda paste with some water and use that on your tile grout. Do this weekly and you will prevent algae from growing.
How to Use This Information
Here at Allen Pool, we understand the importance of maintenance. And, while you may want to do it on your own, nothing will beat professional maintenance and pool cleaning. Even if you only have us come out once or twice a year! If you need help keeping your pool up and going, give us a call at (770) 451-1621 or contact us online. Then, all you have to do is worry about how to enjoy your pool.
What are some of your favorite pool maintenance hacks?