When summer approaches homeowners look towards ways to keep their children safe, active and at home. Often times this can include installing an in ground cement and plaster finished pool. Having a gunite pool installed at your home is a lot simpler and more affordable than ever before.
When it comes to in ground or above ground pools they are incredibly similar in normal operations. Both pools require filtration to be keep the pool free of debris, chemicals to maintain the ph balance, maintenance to keep it clean as well as basic surface cleaning. One basic difference is that in –ground gunite swimming pools require maintenance on the pools plaster coating where as above ground pools will need thorough inspections of the vinyl lining. The rest of the pools regular maintenance stays about the same.
1) Debris will float on the surface of the water no matter what type of pool you have. The first task is to remove the debris with a pool skimmer. Pool owners should keep up on skimming their pools. It should be done once or twice a day. This also keeps the job from becoming overwhelming.
2) Both vinyl and plaster pools alike need to their walls to be cleaned. By scrubbing the pool sides with a plastic-bristle pool brush you prevent algae and debris from sticking to the sides and staining the pool. Move the brush in a circular motion around the entire lining of the pool. This will clean the sides without causing damage to the lining or plaster of a pools surface.
3) After you scrub the sides of the pool with the plastic pool brush wait ten to fifteen minutes for the dirt and particles to settle on the pools bottom. Vacuum the pools bottom slowly taking in all of the debris that has been rustled up. By moving the vacuum slowly you will avoid stirring the dirt up and it is more efficient at getting all of the debris. Brush and vacuum the pool every week to keep the pool clean and as fresh as possible.
4) Add the correct chemicals to balance the chlorine and remove the algae. Follow all of the instructions while using pool chemicals. Make sure to spread the pools chlorine around. Dilute the chlorine as you add it to the pool avoiding staying in one place.
5) Test the pools water ph and alkalinity levels once every two weeks. Chlorine levels should be maintained around three parts per million and ph levels should read between seven point two and seven point six.
6) The filtration systems should be cleaned thoroughly each week. The main filter on the pool should be checked and emptied daily. This is where large debris will end up. Many people find critters that have drown in the pool in the filtration system. So be aware that this may happen to you
7) Keep the pools filtration systems running at least eight hours a day to keep the pool circulation and filtering regular and the water as fresh as possible for your swimming adventures.