7 Pool Maintenance Tips for a Safe Pool

The pool is a much-loved part of your home, but without sufficient pool maintenance, you are putting your family and the pools’ health at risk.

To make the most of the family pool, it’s crucial to ensure every component of the pool is checked regularly to ensure it’s functioning as it should.

In this article, we look at 7 of the most important tips for maintaining a safe pool in Perth.

Skimming and scrubbing

Skimming is the first pool maintenance task, and is the process of removing leaves, bugs, and other debris from the surface of your pool. Without a pool cover, you may need to do this every couple of days or use an automated cleaning system. See some of our pool cleaning products here.

Scrubbing is the best way to remove and prevent algae growth from the sides of your pool. By scrubbing every couple of weeks, you’ll halt these growths and other stains that may build up over time.

Maintain the water quality

A quick look at the water is the best way to identify any hazardous issues within your pool. If the water is murky or cloudy, that means there is a build up of potentially harmful bacteria. Although, the bacteria are not always visible with the naked eye, which is why testing the water quality is imperative.

It’s recommended to check the water quality at least once per week in Summer, and once every fortnight in Winter. These checks should include monitoring the chlorine levels, total alkalinity, acidity, and calcium hardness. If the numbers read an imbalance, then you’ll need to add the required chemicals.

Take care of the filter

A quality filter is an important part of your pool maintenance as it prevents impurities from floating in the water. Depending on the level of use and recent weather conditions, you should clear and clean the filter basket as often as once every couple of weeks.

If your pool filter is in disrepair or is past it’s expected lifespan, you should replace it to optimise pool performance.

Additionally, the pipes surrounding the filter system need to be cleaned out every few months, though this is best left to the professionals.

Monitor the water level

Maintaining the water level plays a big role in caring for your pool. If the level is too low, it may cause your pump to dry up which causes unnecessary damage. Should the water level be too high, it prevents the skimmer door from working effectively.

After a storm or heavy use, make sure to add or remove water as needed, then recheck the water chemicals afterwards.

Quality pool equipment

For highly efficient functionality and to reduce the need for regular professional pool servicing, quality pool equipment is a must-have. You don’t want sub-tier pumps and cleaners doing a poor job of pool maintenance or breaking and causing additional issues.

See our wide range of good quality, yet affordable pool equipment, plus chemicals, water testing kits and appearance enhancing products.

Winterize for year-around coverage

Pool maintenance during Winter is pivotal to avoid costly pool servicing and repairs later in the year. This includes applying all the previously mentioned maintenance tips.

If the pool is to be unused for a considerable amount of time, invest in a pool cover to assist pool cleaning.

Routine professional services

Pool maintenance is tedious, but necessary for a safe and well-functioning pool. Most of these tasks you can do yourself, but for a comprehensive check of your pool equipment, pool cleaning, water quality and overall maintenance, call upon an expert.

It’s recommended to have at least one professional pool service every year, normally in Winter, to ensure the pool is in prime condition for the busier months.

Why Oceanic Pools?

As pool restoration experts, we know what it takes to create and maintain a beautiful pool. From extensive vinyl pool renovations to the essential pool servicing and quality equipment we provide, Oceanic Pools has Perth covered.

If your below ground pool is due for a professional service or a visible restoration, contact us today!