Crystal clear pool water can be very enticing on a hot summer day. While owning your own pool has many benefits, keeping pool water clear is a task all pool owners must endure. To keep your pool inviting and refreshing all summer long, it’s pertinent to maintain ideal water quality. Whether you outsource the task or do it yourself, water quality is important and key to making sure your pool is both comfortable and healthy to swim in.

Proper pool maintenance involves making sure your pool chemistry is right. The chemistry must be checked daily along with regularly brushing and vacuuming your pool. Pumps, skimmer boxes, and other pool equipment should be inspected and repaired immediately when necessary. Poor water quality along with malfunctioning equipment can lead to unnecessary expenses and can potentially result in health problems.

Water Circulation

One key element in proper pool maintenance is ensuring there is proper water circulation. Water that is stagnant will harbor a variety of organisms. Sufficient water circulation helps disperse chemicals and disinfectants evenly throughout your pool and allows water to reach the skimmer and pass through the pump to your filter where bacteria and germs are properly removed.

Proper Jet Settings

Your return jet plays takes on the role of pushing the clean water back out into your pool and should be multidirectional to ensure you are getting optimal water circulation. A jet placed in the proper direction will basically spin the water, hence providing water circulation. Proper direction will likely depend on the number of jets your pool has. For example, a pool with only one return jet should have the jet set downwards toward the opposite side of the skimmer. This downward direction will ensure the water at the bottom is continuously circulating with surface water.

Turnover Rate

The amount of time it takes for your pool water to circulate through the filtration system is referred to as your pool’s turnover rate. This number will depend on the horsepower of your pump and motor along with the size of pipes and other plumbing factors. Since most homeowners do not know this number, running your pump for at least 8-10 hours a day is the general rule of thumb to ensure adequate water circulation.

Dead Zones

Even with proper maintenance and properly functioning equipment, pools are prone to having dead zones where algae, bacteria, and debris settle. A dead zone is essentially an area in the pool where water receives very little, if any movement, and does not reach the skimmer; therefore it fails to get filtered. Any cracks, creases, or crevasses with the ability to trap debris and harbor algae are potential dead zone areas.  Other common dead zone areas are often found in corners, underneath the skimmer, behind ladders, and in and around pool steps.

Regular Brushing

These previously mentioned areas of concern require extra care, such as brushing regularly. Your fittings around the skimmer should be cleaned regularly as well as the faceplate. If you have drop-in style steps, it is recommended to take them out periodically and clean the steps and pool surface thoroughly. If you have a rectangular pool, pay special attention to corners where dead spots are notorious, as well. Brushing your pool on a weekly basis helps to clean dead zone areas while releasing any clinging microbes so they can be filtered out.

Filter Care

Cleaning your filter to prevent clogs is an important part of pool maintenance. After draining the water from the filter housing, the cartridges should be removed and rinsed with a hose. The filter tank should be cleaned thoroughly, as well. If you have a sand or diatomaceous filter, you will use the backwash method after draining the dirty water using the discharge valve or waste line. After restarting the pump, and once the dirty water appears clear, you can turn off the pump and set the lever to filter and restart.

On a more positive note, circulation is greatly improved the more you use your pool. Splash, play, swim and enjoy. Your pool’s water will circulate more adequately when there is movement. Regular pool use can dramatically improve water circulation. If you are unable to take proper care of your pool, you can always hire someone to clean it for you. There are lots of teenagers who love performing random tasks throughout the summer to earn extra cash. You can always ask a teenager that you trust to come over and clean your pool a couple of times each week. This is a great way to help someone out while keeping your pool in great shape.