If you've gone to all the trouble and expense of having a swimming pool installed then you're going to want to maintain it in tiptop condition.
Below are 4 tips that will help you do this without taking up hours and hours of your precious swimming time.
1. Use a cover when not in use
An automatic swimming pool cover reel/roller are excellent for keeping foreign objects out of your pool but be aware that in warm weather they can create the perfect environment for water-borne bacteria and algae. Some cheaper pool covers act much like a greenhouse, providing a humid atmosphere that microbes love and thrive in.
2. Check your pH on a regular basis
The pH of your water is not only important for you as a swimmer, but it's also important for the efficiency of your chlorine and any mechanical part of the pool, such as the filters. Ideally, you should have a slightly alkaline pH because this is the environment in which chlorine works best.
3. Skim regularly and empty your skimmer basket
Good swimming pool maintenance starts with skimming. Not only do you skim off the obvious bits of detritus, such as leaves, flower heads and bird feathers, you also skim smaller yet more potentially harmful things like bird excrement and pet fur.
4. Use the correct chemicals
There are several chemicals that are vital for effective swimming pool maintenance. The first and most important is chlorine. Chlorine kills any algae and bacteria that may be on the tiles, or indeed in the water itself. You can also use a special chemical known as an algae preventer to stop further growth.