Your professional pool cleaning service will keep your pool safe and great-looking all season long. But there are also some simple “life hacks” you can use to keep your pool in optimum shape between visits from your pool cleaning service.
Here are some of the top ones we have found.
Absorb Oils with a Tennis Ball
Pools tend to accumulate oils that can come from sun tan lotion, hair products, and even from the natural oils that form on the skin. The last thing you want to discover floating on the surface of your pool is an unsightly oil slick.
All you need to do to lap up these oils is to throw a tennis ball into your pool. The fibers on the used tennis ball will help soak up the oils and prevent them from leaving a sheen on the surface of your pool water.
Monitor the Water Level
Pool water levels can swell after a big rainstorm. Or they can drop if too many kids are splashing or jumping into the water.
Watch your water levels at the opening of your skimmer. The proper level is about halfway up the skimmer.
If the water level is too low, use a garden hose to fill your pool to the proper level. If its too high, drop a submergible pump into the pool to remove the excess water.
Use Baking Soda to Control Alkalinity
The baking soda you buy at the grocery store is mostly sodium bicarbonate, which is the same chemical pool companies use to reduce pH levels.
If you are in a pinch, you can add the same amount of store-bought baking soda as you would pool chemicals.
Leave Pool Maintenance to the Experts
The best plan is to leave the service of your backyard pool to your professional pool service. They have the training, experience and tools required to properly maintain your pool so that it is always in the optimum condition.