Tips on Taking Care of Your Swimming Pool

A swimming pool in your own backyard is a luxurious addition to any outdoor home decor for family entertainment. Along with the fun and enjoyment, a pool requires a good deal of work to keep it a clean and healthy environment for swimming. If you follow directions in opening and closing your pool with appropriate chemicals, maintaining your pool throughout the swimming season will be minimal.

According to, the necessary supplies for pool care begin with a test kit to monitor chlorine and pH levels. You will need chlorine tablets, placed in the floating chlorine dispenser; pH rise and pH lower to keep the pH at the right level; packets of shock to start your pool out for the season and also ward off algae growth; as well as a good quality algaecide to kill algae growth. A good pool vacuum will also be necessary to clear up dirt, dust sand and dead algae after shocking your pool, as well as a pool net to skim for debris. Other products to help in the balance of clean water are clarifier (if the pool gets cloudy), chlorine stabilizer (necessary to keep up the chlorine level during a very hot season), yellow out, filter cleaner, liner cleaner and much more.

As a new pool owner, it may be advisable to get a starter kit to open your pool, which comes with full instructions. Typically included in the kit will be shock packets, algaecide, clarifier and rust and scale remover. Follow the specific instructions, fill your pool to the correct water level as shown on the skimmer and add each chemical into the pool separately, pre-dissolved in a bucket of water. Begin with the shock in the pool, run overnight follow with the algaecide and other chemicals, one at a time. You may need to vacuum a couple of times before use. Purchase a solar cover for the summer to keep the water warm when not in use (a great investment).

Closing a pool is similar to opening the pool except for the process. It is best most often to drain the pool just a couple of inches below the “eyeball” or water return. A cap would then be placed over the eyeball and the skimmer and all hoses detached and kept in a safe place over the winter along with the pump and filter, as stated by Place an inflated pillow or larger inner tube in the middle of the pool to allow for ice expansion. A winterizer kit of solid chlorine is placed in the pool. Tightly place the winter cover on the pool.

Once the pool is cleaned and the water is balanced, test your water weekly to keep chlorine and pH levels within appropriate levels. Unless you have many trees around, or other obstacles such as construction dirt and farms, you will not need to vacuum often.

Swim responsibly; never leave children and pets unattended. When weather is such that the pool is unattended for several days, be sure to monitor for algae growth and treat accordingly.