What is the Best Way to Clean a Pool?

J. Beam
J. Beam
It is important to maintain optimum pH levels in a swimming pool.
It is important to maintain optimum pH levels in a swimming pool.

Owning a swimming pool, whether in-ground, above ground, or portable, is a summertime luxury, but is also a responsibility in terms of maintenance and cleaning. It is imperative to clean a pool on a regular basis to maintain water stability and avoid common pool problems like algae growth, cloudy water, and bacteria. There are several steps involved in cleaning a pool, most of which are performed routinely.

Swimming pools require regular cleaning to keep algae at bay.
Swimming pools require regular cleaning to keep algae at bay.

As a rule of thumb, water clarity is a good indicator of proper chemical balance. The bottom of the pool should be visible, regardless of depth. Cloudy or murky water can be an indicator of improper chemical balance or dirty water, an improperly functioning pump, may be the result of dead algae after treatment, or may be caused by a chemical reaction or other condition. In order to clean a pool efficiently, a properly working pump with a clean filter should be run at all times and the following routine steps should be taken.

Manual pool skimmers can easily pickup debris floating on the surface of the pool.
Manual pool skimmers can easily pickup debris floating on the surface of the pool.

Skim the surface of the water regularly to remove leaves, insects, and other debris that will eventually float to the bottom, falling apart and creating smaller particles of debris along the way. An automatic skimmer system ran in conjunction with the pool’s pump helps to reduce the frequency of skimming and are usually part of all in-ground and most above ground pools. Smaller, portable pools typically have no automatic skimmer system, but one may be available as an accessory for some models.

Regularly testing the pools chemicals is essential to water quality.
Regularly testing the pools chemicals is essential to water quality.

Other tasks that should be done to clean a pool and maintain cleanliness include vacuuming the bottom of the pool on a regular basis to remove sunken debris, periodically cleaning the sides of the pool with a swimming pool brush, and checking and maintaining skimmer baskets and pool filters.

In addition to regular cleaning for debris removal, regularly testing the pool’s chemicals is essential to water quality. Chlorine and pH levels must be maintained at the proper levels to clean a pool properly. Chlorine acts as a germ-killing agent, but must be kept at approximately 1.0 to 3.0 parts per million (ppm) to be effective. The pH levels should be kept between 7.2 and 7.8 in order to help the chlorine maintain effective disinfecting properties while still avoiding skin and eye irritation.

Clean water that is properly treated is by far the most crucial part of any swimming pool.
Clean water that is properly treated is by far the most crucial part of any swimming pool.

Careful chemical monitoring is necessary because air temperature, frequency of use, and other factors can impact chlorine and pH levels. In addition, other chemicals may be necessary to clean a pool and keep it clean, such as algaecide, water clarifier, and enzymes. Specific cleaning guidelines as it pertains to water quality should be researched according to your area and environmental conditions and can best be learned by talking to a swimming pool expert at a supply retailer.

Discussion Comments

Talentryto

I think the best way to clean a swimming pool is to hire a professional. This way, you will be sure that you have clean water and good chemical balance. It is also less time consuming than doing it yourself!

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    • It is important to maintain optimum pH levels in a swimming pool.
      By: monropic
      It is important to maintain optimum pH levels in a swimming pool.
    • Swimming pools require regular cleaning to keep algae at bay.
      By: Visionsi
      Swimming pools require regular cleaning to keep algae at bay.
    • Manual pool skimmers can easily pickup debris floating on the surface of the pool.
      By: Elenathewise
      Manual pool skimmers can easily pickup debris floating on the surface of the pool.
    • Regularly testing the pools chemicals is essential to water quality.
      By: Ernest Prim
      Regularly testing the pools chemicals is essential to water quality.
    • Clean water that is properly treated is by far the most crucial part of any swimming pool.
      By: ViewApart
      Clean water that is properly treated is by far the most crucial part of any swimming pool.