One of the most popular pools that homeowners are purchasing is inground fiberglass pools. The reason for this is because they are one of the cheapest pools that are available. It’s even less expensive if you decide on getting a DIY fiberglass pool kit. However, it’s not only the price that has people choosing to purchase fiberglass pools, it’s also the fact that they require less maintenance than any other swimming pool out there. Here are 6 tips on how easy it is to maintain your brand new fiberglass swimming pool.
Make Sure That You Clean Your Pool Regularly
Debris, like bugs and leaves, is going to frequently find their way into your pool. You’re going to have this happen a lot more if you have gardens and trees near your pool. This can cause your pool to become unhygienic if left unattended. Not only is a dirty pool unhealthy for you, it isn’t attractive in the least. For these reasons, it’s always a good idea to have a cleaning schedule and stick to it. For a great way to help in your pool cleaning, get a net and a telescoping pole and attach the two together. This will help you reach those pesky leaves and bugs that find their way to the middle of your pool. A leaf vacuum is also a great way to get to all of the leaves that have gotten to the bottom of the pool. Leaves don’t always stay afloat!
One of the biggest things that you need to know is to avoid using harsh cleaners in your fiberglass swimming pool. Harsh cleaners can damage your pool and could cause you to have to repair it or even replace it! Another side effect of harsh cleansers is that they can alter your pools chemical balance. You should always use the cleansers that are made specifically for fiberglass pools. Remember to avoid using anything with stiff or abrasive bristles when cleaning the walls of your pool as well as they may leave scratches.
This can occur if the water in your pool exceeds ideal metal levels. Reddish-brown stains may indicate too much iron in your pool’s water, grey stains mean there’s too much magnesium, and blue-green stains mean there’s too much copper. To avoid these metal stains you can use a metal chelating agent every two weeks.
Your Pool’s Filter
In order to maintain a great pool, it’s usually a good idea to turn your filter on after you’re done using the pool. This means that after each time you’ve used the pool, once you’re finished, turn the filter on so that the filter has the chance to collect all of the debris that has been stirred up. With the water in motion, it will allow your filter to take in things that are otherwise settled at the bottom of the pool when the water is still. Run the filter for about 6 hours a day. Remember, too, that your filter also helps keep the chemicals in the pool well balanced.
Chemical Balance In Your Pool
This is absolutely vital. You should make it a habit to check your pool’s chemical balance every day. The pH level in your pool should be between 7.2 and 7.6 and your chlorine level should be 3.0 per million. The Alkaline levels should be between 100 and 150 parts per million. Add the chemicals, when needed, to keep the proper chemical balance in your pool.
The Pool Cover
There will be times when your pool is going to go without being used. This is where the use of a pool cover will do you a lot of good. A solar cover is always a great purchase for those times. Not only will a solar cover keep the dirt and debris out of your pool it will also help to keep your pool’s temperature maintained. It will help to keep your pool heater from coming on so often.
Your pool is an investment as well as a great way to spend the summer. Keeping your fiberglass pool properly maintained is going to protect that investment and allow you to keep your pool up and running for a very long time.