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Step By Step: The Supplies and Procedure For Cleaning Your Own Pool

Owning a pool is the dream of many people, they're beautiful, relaxing, and excellent exercise too. There really isn't anything better than a dip in the pool after a long hot day at work. Still, they do require a certain amount of maintenance or they'll get dirty, maybe have an algae bloom and turn green. And you don't want people getting sick after they swim in your pool either. So, you have a choice, you can pay others to clean your pool or do it yourself. It's not hard to do and you only need a few things to get started.

What You Need To Clean Your Pool

Assuming your pool already has a filter system, then all you need are some tools to hook up to that system to clean the pool. But, before you start cleaning, you should first clean the filter so that you have plenty of suction when you vacuum. The filter will have two stages, one is for catching large things like bugs, hair, leaves, and other items, then there will also be a fine filter to capture algae, sand, and dirt.

Start by turning of the water pump and shutting the valves to the two filters. Then remove the lid to the hair strainer, remove the strainer basket and clean it out thoroughly. Put the basket back in its place and tighten the lid securely. After that you're ready for the large fine particle filter.

There are several different types of these, most have a dirty water outlet pipe on the bottom. You'll have to remove the cap and turn on a second faucet that sprays high pressure water on the screens that hold the diatomaceous earth in order to get it to move to the drain and out. There is usually a crank to turn the screens while they're being sprayed. There will be a method for adding fresh diatomaceous earth to the system, then you turn the valves back on and you're ready to vacuum.

Vacuuming The Pool Is A Relaxing Job

It's best to vacuum the pool after it has set overnight and any dirt or debris has settled to the bottom undisturbed. The vacuum itself is merely a long hose that is attached to the filter inlet with a vacuum head that allows it to suck water and debris right off of the bottom of the pool. You'll have a long handle that you use to control its movements. Then you merely cover every inch of the bottom with your vacuuming, making sure not to miss anything, and you're done.

After The Pool is Vacuumed and The Filter Cleaned

That's when you'll want to test the chlorine levels and pH. The chlorine is usually added to a small float that dispenses chlorine as it drifts in the wind around the pool all day. The pH levels have to do with the alkalinity and acidity of the water and the chlorine is designed to work at a certain pH.

If the water is too acidic, there will be a chemical you can add to bring it back down. Same with too alkaline, there will be a different chemical to add to take care of that situation.

Once you've cleaned your own pool a couple of dozen times, it will be easy, you can do it in your sleep. It's not a hard job and it's certainly worth it to keep the pool clean for your guests and family to enjoy.


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