In late spring and early summer swimming season begins for the warmer parts of the country, and there’s no better time to talk about cleaning and maintaining our pool. Keep your pool clean and in good condition It is essential that your baths are safe, healthy and enjoyable.
The color of the water and the appearance of the bottom of the pool these are great revealers that we need to do a deep cleanse. Insoluble components such as leaves, dust, plant debris and insects often sink to the bottom and build up a layer that can be difficult to clean.
Therefore, in this article we will tell you how to clean the bottom of your pool so that it is ready for the swimming season. In summary, we have different ways of doing it, some automatic, with the pool cleaner robot, and others more manual, but the result is guaranteed if we know how to do it well.
How to remove dirt from the bottom of the pool?
As we expected, pool cleaners are the most practical solution to clean the bottom of the pool, as they have been designed exclusively for this purpose. We can find alternative pool cleaners at very low prices but more manual, or fully automated pool cleaners where we hardly waste time or require effort on our part.
He manual pool cleaner It consists of a kind of brush connected to a pipe that absorbs solid remains or dust that have settled at the bottom. If we only vacuumed without rubbing, it is very likely that the remains of organic matter, well attached to the bottom, would not be dragged. For this reason, with the brush, all dirt is well separated and then activated.
For this summer boot operation, it is recommended put the filter in drain mode and perform the operation as quickly and efficiently as possible (so as not to lose a lot of water). If the bottom of the pool is very dirty and the dirt is filtered, there is a risk of clogging the filters or excessively dirtying the sand filter.
THE swimming pool robot cleaners These are modern tools that move randomly across the bottom of the pool, sucking up and removing the dirt stuck on them. Some of them are so advanced that they can even clean the walls of the swimming pool. It is a much more expensive solution than manual pool cleaners but it significantly reduces the time and effort spent cleaning our pool. If you want to check one out, you can find different automatic pool cleaners in Poolaria.
Generally, these pool cleaners (manual and automatic) usually incorporate a hose that we connect to the suction of the pump, so that while it drags dirt and removes scale, it also sucks.
How often should I clean the bottom of the pool?
The frequency of cleaning the bottom of the pool will depend on the environment where we installed it. A swimming pool surrounded by vegetation and where a strong wind is blowing will need to be cleaned fairly regularly.
In general, during the bathing season, every 7-15 days is recommended clean the bottom. But like everything else, what really reveals what needs to be cleaned is when we walk on the bottom and see how the suspended particles move around. In this situation, when you see the pool water calm and without bathers, you may think that it is clean, but when using it, these particles are constantly moving and clouding the water.
How to sweep the bottom of a swimming pool without a pump?
In search of the most homemade solution in the event that we have not acquired a manual or automatic pool cleaner or if it is still within the delivery period, we can resort to a homemade solution which literally consists of sweep the pool with a brush. In this way, we will try to move all the dirt deposited at the bottom to a corner of the pool (with a preference for the shallowest area). There, using a leaf picker, we will remove the thickest parts of the dirt.
General pool maintenance
Once we have cleaned the bottom of the pool, especially if it is at the beginning of the summer campaign, we will have to establish a maintenance schedulevital for the best conservation of water and for the quality of bathers, especially if they are children.
Therefore, there is a series of cleaning operations that must be strictly observed:
- pH: the water in a swimming pool should be between 7.2 and 7.6.
- Chlorine: Chlorine is measured in three different ways in swimming pools (free, residual and total chlorine). There are salt chlorinators that automate the whole process and save us time. Chlorine values in a swimming pool are generally between 1 and 1.5 mg/L. If using salt (sodium chloride), 3-5 kg/m3 of water is recommended
Regarding the maintenance frequency:
- Diary: check the pH with pH strips or an automated system (the most comfortable).
- Weekly: Pool chlorination, automated (saline chlorinator) or with tricolor tablets integrated into the skimmers.
- Weekly or bi-weekly: clean the bottom or walls of the pool.