Caring For Your Swimming Pool: What You Need To Know

Your swimming pool is going to need proper care to prevent issues such as your pool turning green, getting a hole in your liner, or your filter getting clogged. If you aren't taking the time to take care of your swimming pool, your pool isn't going to be around for too long. You're going to need to take time on your pool, so if you aren't up to the following tasks, you should hire a professional pool care company to do the work for you. Read on for some care tips you should be doing.

1. Change The Sand In Your Filter

If you have a sand filter, you need to change the sand inside every year at the beginning of the swimming pool season. The sand inside can get clogged with dirt, bugs, and algae or mold that grows inside when the filter is not in use and throughout the season. Change the sand in the filter each year with pool sand, which is a special sand made to clean the water in your pool. Other types of sand are not fine enough and can clog your filter or end up in your swimming pool. Empty the old sand from the filter and pour the new sand inside, being careful around the "fingers" inside the filter, which are what helps clean the water in your pool.

2. Clean The Skimmer Basket

The skimmer sucks in the water and then moves it into the pump and finally to the filter, where the water is cleaned and filtered back into the pool. If the water is not getting into the skimmer, it isn't getting anywhere else either. The skimmer basket needs to be cleaned out to remove bugs, leaves, and other debris that has been sucked into it from the top of the pool. Turn off your pool filtration system and remove the skimmer basket, empty it, and replace it in your skimmer. Then turn your pool filtration system back on.

3. Run Your filter

Run the filter often to help filter the water and to keep it from getting stagnant. Filtering the water helps prevent bugs and leaves from falling to the bottom of the pool floor and causing algae to grow. Run your filter at least all day, and turn it off at night if you aren't too keen on running it this often. 

You need to care for your swimming pool properly before you're left without a pool at all. Hire a pool care service to work on your pool for you if you aren't able to take on the tasks yourself.