Owning an in ground gunite swimming pool requires a certain degree of upkeep. Below is a brief overview on what you can except in season and off season for pool care.
In Season Care Of Your In Ground Gunite Swimming Pool
1) Check the pools chemical levels. Your pools pH and chlorine should be checked at least twice a week. The pool should maintain a chlorine level of one to three parts per million and chlorine ph of at least seven point four to seven point six. Always check the water towards dusk after swimmers are done swimming for the night and the water has had time to settle. Follow all directions on pool testing kits and chemical additions.
2) The pool should be cleaned thoroughly at least once a week if not more. This will depend on use as well as the local weather. Cleaning the pool consists of skimming the debris from the top, brush the pools plaster in a circular motion loosening dirt and debris and running a vacuum to suck the dirt up after it has settled on the pools floor. Cleaner can be used and applied if necessary. Be sure to also check all filtrations systems and clean them out as well.
3) Shock the pool with a high dose of chlorine every few weeks. Allow the pump and filter to run all night. Swimming should be avoided for twenty four hours to allow the chemicals to run through the pools systems.
4) The more the pools filter is run, while the pool is being actively used, the cleaner your pool will remain. This is true throughout the summer swimming season. It the water is in constant motion the dirt, debris, body oils and algae will have a hard time settling on the pool sides and floor.
Off Season Care Of Your In Ground Gunite Swimming Pool
1) The pool should be inspected completely before you close the pool for the season. Check thepools plaster for cracks and imperfections that will need to be addressed before re-opening the opening the pool during the next swimming season.
2) Adjust the chemicals in the water to perfection before completely closing the pool.
3) All objects should be taken out of the pool. Do not leave in ladders, diving boards, slides, pool toys, skimming baskets or any other pool accessory. All items should be removed, dried and stored in a safe, dry environment throughout the winter season.
4) Drain all of the water from the pool pumps, pipes and filtration systems. Water that remains in the pools systems will likely freeze over the winter and could potentially cause expensive damage. If you need help draining water from tubing a shop vacuum used on the lowest setting is gentle enough to assist in this.
5) The pools water level should be lowered to just below the lowest pool return. If you have any decorative tile on the pool walls it is important that the water is left below the tiles during the off season.
6) Cover the pool with a safety cover throughout the winter season. Secure it tightly and fix any obvious tears, rips or gaps. A pool cover protects the pool from debris that is shed throughout the winter.