Whether you are a first-time pool owner or you have been a proud one for years, you know that they need a lot of upkeep. Correctly maintaining your pool helps to keep the water safe for swimming, and keeps it looking nice and clean.
Keep reading to find out some of the top tips that you, as a pool owner, can use to maintain your investment.
Keep your pool sanitary
Ensuring that your pool is clean and hygienic for swimming is really important for the health and safety of all swimmers. You can do this by using a daily dose of sanitiser in your pool to maintain the water’s clarity
Most pool owners find chlorine tablets to be the easiest and most effective way of sanitising. Simply pop in enough tablets to maintain a chlorine level of 1.0 – 2.0 parts per million (ppm). You can check chlorine levels by using test strips or a test kit.
Install swimming pool matting
Water can very easily get splashed out of swimming pools which makes floors cold, slippery and wet. This can be a health and safety hazard as many people could slip and fall, and possibly get seriously injured.
Installing high-quality swimming pool matting around the perimeter of your pool can improve safety and hygiene, and help with housekeeping.
Effective pool mats are designed to drain water through, so that the top surface remains dry. This provides a clean and dry walking area for people to use safely. There are many different types and colours of swimming pool matting including:
- Matting rolls: these are flexible and can be rolled up quickly when you want to clean beneath..
- Matting tiles: tiles can be attached together around your pool, and corner pieces can be cut with a sharp knife as needed to create a perfect fit.
- Standard sizing: this type of matting is supplied in pre-cut sizes. By measuring the space around your pool you can find out which size (or how many) matting pieces you need.
The great thing about swimming pool matting is that, no matter which type you go for, it will have antifungal and antibacterial properties that help keep your floors sanitary. Mats also come in a wide variety of colours to suit the décor of your space.
Put up signs
Adding the appropriate signs around your swimming pool to communicate rules and safety precautions is important.
Signs that outline the pool rules such as ‘no diving’, ‘shower before using pool’ and ‘no running’ can effectively relay important information to users to keep your pool area as safe as possible.
It is important for you, as a pool owner, to understand the different components that make up your pool. This way, if anything goes wrong, you know where to look and how to fix the issue to get your pool back up and running.
The main parts that any swimming pool will have include:
- A filter: to collect anything that isn’t water from your pool– such as sand, leaves and other debris.
- A drain and return: this works with the filtration system to clean out the water by only letting clean water pass by, and catching any dirt particles.
- A vacuum: this lies at the bottom of the pool to suction away any dirt or debris. This process should be done at least once a week to keep the pool clean.
- A pump: tocirculate the water in the pool and push the debris in the water to the filter drains on the sides of the pool.
- A chemical feeder: toprovide an effective method of adding chemicals – such as chlorine – safely into the water.
By knowing and understanding how the different components of the pool work, you can effectively prevent it from turning cloudy, or worse, green!
Author Bio: First Mats started life as safety matting specialists, but have since expanded to become a complete industrial and commercial supplies company. The focus of First Mats is to provide safety-focused products that improve the wellbeing of staff through quality approved products, backed up by extensive knowledge. www.firstmats.co.uk