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Summer Tips: Keeping Your Swimming Pool Clean

Summer Tips:  Keeping Your Swimming Pool Clean By Shea Richardson
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

You could be one of the thousands of people who have a swimming pool at your home. Whether it is an above ground or in-ground pool, cleaning it and maintaining it correctly is a full-time job. Follow these tips to help you keep your pool healthy and clean.

How to Clean Your Swimming Pool:

  • Even if you have an automatic system to clean your swimming pool, it is also a good idea to use a manual brush and pool vacuum on the walls and floor at least once a week.
  • You should focus your cleaning especially at corners, stairs, and other areas that are hard to reach.
  • You should also keep your pool maintained. Make sure you have a working filtration system and maintain the correct pH levels at all times.

How to Maintain Your Swimming Pool:

  • Sanitize. You should use a stabilized chlorine product in order to provide protection and fight off bacteria in your swimming pool. You can generally choose from chlorine sticks or tablets to feed into your distribution container close to the pump and filter system.
  • Prevent Algae. You should use an algae inhibitor to help keep all of the different types of algae from growing in your swimming pool. This comes in a liquid form and is poured into the water close to the skimmer intake. The pump system can then distribute it to all areas of the swimming pool.
  • Shock. You should shock your pool regularly in order to get rid of the water-soluble bather waste. Usually about every two weeks will be good enough.
  • Test. You should locate a pool or supply company that has a water testing facility that offers computer analysis of samples. You can take your samples in and get them tested regularly to make sure that your pool is free from harmful bacteria.

Following these helpful tips will ensure that you will be able to keep a clean and clear swimming pool to enjoy all summer long.

About the Author
An accomplished educator and writer, Shea Richardson has several years of teaching experience in the Georgia public school system. She holds a degree in Education from Georgia State University and specializes in topics spanning technology, education, and group dynamics.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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