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5 Steps to Keep Your Swimming Pool Clean and Germ Free

Do you know recreational water illness can spread like wildfire in an unclean swimming pool. Recreational water illness can lead to several ailments such as gastrointestinal disease, skin disease, diarrhea respiratory failure etc. In order to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria you need to clean your swimming pool periodically. You need not spend money to hire a swimming pool maintenance contractor, instead you can follow these five simple steps to keep your swimming pool clean.

Things you'll need

l  A telescopic pole
l  Leaf skimmer
l  Pool brush
l  Pool vacuum
l  PH tester
l  Sanitizing chlorine tablets
l  Pool shock

Step 1: Skim the Surface

The first and foremost step of cleaning your pool is to get rid of floating leaves and dirt. All you need to do is attach the skimmer to a telescopic pole so that it is easier to clean hard to reach areas. Use the net to pull out the debris, leaves, and foliage. A skimmer can remove foreign bodies present in the water, this must be done on a day to day basis to ensure that the surface remains free of contamination.

Step 2: Brush the Walls of The Swimming Pool

Once your done removing debris you need to brush the sides of the pool and the pool ladder to remove moss. You need to remove the leaf skimmer from the telescopic pole and attach the pool brush. It is recommended to apply cleaning gel to the end of the brush for best results. Brush the walls of the pool with some force. You need to brush ares where there is no water circulation like the pool ladder. You need to brush the swimming pool once a week for best results.

Step 3: Vacuum The Swimming Pool

First you need to choose a vacuum which suits the size of your swimming pool. If you have a large size pool you need to go for an automatic cleaner which also acts as a pool filter. However if you have a medium or a small sized pool you can get a manual pool vacuum which is cheap and easily available. A manual pool vacuum needs to be set up prior to use. The vacuum head must be attached to the telescopic pole and lowered into the pool. You need to make sure that all air is removed from the hose because attaching the pump before air is expelled can harm the pump. Pool vacuums are easy to operate and do not require effort, they remove debris and mud from the pool floor. You need to vacuum your pool fortnightly.

Step 4: Check the PH Level

Some swimming pool chemicals will help maintain the pool’s cleanliness, however the weather can take a toll on the chemical level. You need to check the PH level twice a week to ensure that your pool is safe to use. The PH level of your pool must range between 7.2 and 7.6 to remain normal. If the reading varies you need to add soda ash to increase the PH level or pool acid to decrease the PH level.

Step 5: Sanitize the Pool

This is the most important part of pool maintenance. You need to check the pool filter to keep the area free of debris. Remove all debris, grime and junk which blocks the pool filter and brush the filter after adding a mild cleaning solution or detergent. Add chlorine tablets according with respect to the volume of your pool, chlorine kills all bacteria. Use chlorine to clean the skimmer, brush and pool filter to ensure that they also remain free of bacteria. Add pool shock powder to remove invisible contaminants. Pool shock is a pool cleaner which targets bacteria, it is a concentrated anti-bacterial powder that should be used carefully.


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