DIY Pool Care Tips for Summer: Keeping Your Pool Clear and Sparkling

Summer is the best time to enjoy your pool, but it also means taking on the responsibility of regular maintenance.
If you’re a pool owner looking to handle pool care yourself, understanding the basics of maintenance and knowing how to troubleshoot common problems are essential.
Here’s a helpful guide from us at Spruce Pools for DIY pool care that will keep your pool clear, clean, and ready for summer fun. But remember, we’re always available to step in if you ever need help or advice!

Understanding Basic Pool Maintenance

  1. Regular Cleaning
    • Skimming and Vacuuming: Daily skimming of the surface and weekly vacuuming of the floor are crucial to remove debris and prevent it from decomposing in the water, which can lead to cloudiness and algae growth.

    • Brushing: Brush the walls and floor of the pool at least once a week to dislodge algae and prevent buildup of mineral deposits.

  2. Maintaining Water Chemistry
    • pH Levels: Keep the pH level between 7.2 and 7.8. Test the water several times a week because pH levels fluctuate with rain, pool usage, and addition of chemicals.

    • Chlorine Levels: Chlorine should be maintained at a level between 1-3 ppm to effectively sanitise your pool. Use a testing kit to regularly check chlorine levels.

    • Total Alkalinity: Ensure total alkalinity is maintained between 80 to 120 ppm to help stabilise the pH levels.

    • Calcium Hardness: Ideal calcium hardness levels are between 200-400 ppm, which prevent plaster damage and water cloudiness.

  3. Filter Maintenance
    • Cleaning the Filter: Regular cleaning of the filter system is critical. How often you need to clean the filter depends on the type of filter you have: sand, cartridge, or diatomaceous earth (DE).

    • Backwashing Sand and DE Filters: Perform backwashing when the pressure gauge indicates a rise of 7-10 psi over the normal operating level.

    • Replacing Filters: Replace filters every 1-2 years or when visible wear and tear or a decrease in water flow are noted.

Troubleshooting Common Pool Problems

  1. Cloudy Water
    • Causes: High pH levels, ineffective filtration, or inadequate chlorine levels.

    • Solution: Adjust the pH level if necessary, shock the pool, and ensure the filter is clean and running properly.

  2. Algae Growth
    • Causes: Poor circulation, low chlorine levels, and lack of proper cleaning.

    • Solution: Brush and vacuum the pool thoroughly. Shock the pool and add an algaecide if necessary. Ensure the filter is running correctly and for an adequate amount of time each day to improve circulation.

  3. Filtration Issues
    • Symptoms: Low water flow, dirty water, or high pressure gauge readings.

    • Solution: Clean or backwash filters. Check for clogs or damage in the filtration system. Ensure that the pump basket is not obstructed and is cleaned regularly.

Regular Pool Care Schedule

Setting up a regular schedule for maintenance tasks can help you stay on top of pool care and prevent problems before they arise. Include testing water chemistry, cleaning the pool, checking the filter, and adjusting chemicals as needed.
DIY pool maintenance is entirely achievable with a bit of knowledge and regular care. By following these tips and keeping an eye on your pool’s condition, you’ll enjoy a sparkling clean pool all summer long!

Remember, Spruce Pools is always on hand to help take the strain, and take on the tasks too! Just drop us a line.