Summer is just around the corner and at the Jersey Shore, residents are opening their pools to begin participating in the summer fun. New Jersey (NJ) residents are lucky enough to enjoy a wonderful climate by the beach in the summer months and they want to spend that time outside having fun, not maintaining their pools.
When making the decision to purchase and inground pool, consider the entertainment, exercise and leisure opportunities that it will add to your home. In addition, the inground pool will also add value to your home. But you don’t want to have to spend time and money on the upkeep during the months you want to use it.
If you don’t want to be the one to take care of the pool, consider hiring a local Jersey Shore landscape and pool maintenance contractor to maintain your inground pool for you.
Talk to your local Jersey Shore inground pool maintenance provider to keep your inground pool in top condition all year round.
There are a few things that you can do yourself to keep up your inground pool during the summer months and keep it clean and ready for guests, parties and for your own relaxation.
Check the pH and Chlorine Levels
Your pool water should maintain a pH range of 7.4 to 7.6 and a chlorine level of 1.0 to 3.0 parts per million (ppm). Check these levels at least twice a week. If your readings are off, it could cause harm to those inside the pool or to the surrounding environment.
It is best to test the water at least four hours after everyone who has been using the pool has left, and to wait for eight hours after it rains. This will give the pool time to settle and improve the accuracy of your readings.
Clean the Pool
You can buy a vacuum to constantly run around the bottom of your pool and keep it clean. These vacuums will scan for debris, bugs or critters that may have accidentally made it to the bottom of your pool, helping to keep the filtration system cleaner for longer.
In addition, you need to maintain cleaning the skimmer baskets and skimming the leaves and debris from the top of the water. This debris can get sucked into pumps and pipes and cause issues for the filtration. Floating debris and dirty skimmer baskets also make for a worse swimming experience.
Use a Pool Surface Cleaner
Dirt and grime can build up on the pool walls and architecture in the summer as it is more frequently used. Pool cleaners help to eliminate waterline stains to keep the pool looking fresh.
You can apply this cleaner with a brush to the walls and scrub in order to keep it looking as clean as possible. This will help maintain the aesthetic appeal of your inground pool as well as help balance the chemical levels.
Shock the Pool Once a Week
Shocking the pool means dumping a large amount of chlorine into the water. This will kill all algae or other contaminants that may be resisting the normal chlorine levels. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions to know exactly how much chlorine you need to use during this process.
Keep Running the Filtration System
Running this system as much as possible will help to keep the maintenance problems down in your inground pool. It may be best to keep it running constantly during the summer months as this is the time when your pool is most in use.
David Ash Landscape Contractors was built upon the principles of exceptional service, unequaled design and skilled craftsmanship. To find out more about how we can help you prepare your inground pool for the summer, contact us.