Last Updated on September 3, 2020 by Shain Jorgensen
If you own a pool on your property, you likely want the feature to look it’s best and contribute to the appeal of the outdoor setting. Having a beautiful pool also means that it’s clean and safe enough to take a dip in for your family members during the warmer months of the year. If you want to keep your pool beautiful year-round, there are a few important steps aside from pool tile cleaning you’ll need to take as a homeowner.
Use Professional Equipment
It’s impossible to keep your pool sparkling clean and beautiful without using the right equipment. You’ll need to invest in standard equipment like a filter and pool pump. Keep in mind that you’ll need to talk to an expert to determine which type of filter to use because it will depend on your climate and the weather conditions. Using a skimmer is also necessary to collect any leaves, twigs, and dirt that is floating in the water. Robot vacuums are also convenient to use because of their automatic operation, making them run continuously to ensure all debris is collected throughout the day.
General cleaning supplies also need to be purchased to ensure the water remains safe. If you have a saltwater pool, consider talking to a professional about what products you need to buy because the maintenance can differ compared to a pool with chlorine.
Repair the Cracks
You’ll need to have clear silicone on hand for repairing any cracks that form around the perimeter of the pool where the tile and deck are located. By sealing any cracks that form throughout the year, it will prevent any water from seeping through the materials, which can cause a lot of issues and will eventually lead to extensive damage.
Clean the Tiles
The tiles also need to be scrubbed to remove scum that accumulates over time. The tile line around the pool should be scrubbed down every week to make it easier to clean instead of waiting until too much build-up is present.
Check the Water Level
If the water level in your pool becomes too low, it can cause the filter and pool pump to run dry with damage that occurs. If you feel like the water is always low, contact a professional technician to check for leaks that may be present to ensure the necessary repairs are performed. Keep a close eye on the water level to ensure it’s consistent.
Chemicals should be added to the water if you don’t have a saltwater pool. The chemicals should be checked every three to four days. When you’re not using the pool as frequently, you only need to check the chemicals once every other week. Excess growth of bacteria can form if you are not using pool chemicals at all, especially when you’re not using the pool. Too much bacteria can cause damage to occur over time and can lead to costly repairs.
Care for the Skimmer and Basket
The skimmer baskets can become clogged easily because they continuously collect debris and dirt on top of the water. They only work if you frequently clean and empty them out, making it necessary to remove all gunk on a weekly basis. If the parts are working too hard, then they can burn the motor out and everything may need to be repaired or replaced.
The hair and lint pot on the front of the pool pump also need to be inspected every three weeks throughout the year and more frequently during the summer when the pool is more in use. Small pieces of hair and lint will accumulate and have to be removed manually to keep it working well to ensure your pool continues to remain clean and stays beautiful.
Understanding the maintenance and repairs that need to be performed on your pool throughout the year is necessary to keep it looking clean and beautiful on a consistent basis. With the right tools used and a bit of practice, it can become a normal part of your routine and will allow you to get more use out of the feature in the summer or year-round, depending on where you live.