A Clean Pool is a Happy Place to Be
Why did you invest in your endless pool? Was it because it doubles as a relaxing hot tub? Was it because you’re learning how to swim? Was it because you already know how to swim quite well, but need more exercise? Is it because you were injured, and were recommended hydrotherapy by your doctor? Even if your endless pool is with you simply for bragging rights, it is very important to make sure that you take the necessary steps to maintain and protect your investment. Just like any other appliance, your endless pool will need to be handled in a careful and conscientious way. This will ensure that you get many good years out of a product that many people use weekly for their exercise and therapeutic needs.
After Each Use
Tedious though it may sound, you will need to check the chlorine level in your pool. Chlorine levels are adjusted by adding regular, unscented chlorine bleach directly to your pool’s water. Take care that you don’t add your chemicals to any of the internal pool mechanisms, and you can damage them, and some of the damage may not be covered by the pool’s warranty. After making sure that the chlorine level in your pool is safe, that is all you will have to do daily.
Twice Per Week
Keep an eye on the water level in your pool. When your pool is installed, your installer will be able to show you how much water, at minimum, and at maximum, you should have in your endless pool. Too much can cause water to be wasted with excessive splashing on the sides, but too little can result in an injury to you, or to someone that you love. If you don’t remember exactly how much water is needed for your pool, check the instruction manual that came with your pool.
Once Per Week
Check both the total alkalinity and the total chlorine levels in your pool. Again, adjusting the chlorine level in your pool involves adding bleach, but changing the alkalinity is done with either sodium bisulfate to lower the alkalinity, making it more acidic to kill more germs, or sodium carbonate to raise the alkalinity, making it less acidic and easier on the skin, hair, and eyes.
Every Other Week
Test your pool water for calcium hardness. Just like the water coming from the tap in your kitchen, or from your shower head, if your water is hard, it can cause build-up of calcium and limescale in your pool, which may affect the performance of your investment. Simply add more clean water if the test for calcium results tell you that your water is too hard, or dissolve calcium in a bucket of water to pour into the pool. Just as with the bleach, make absolutely sure that you do not pour the dissolved calcium anywhere into the pool’s internal mechanisms.
Every Other Month
You will most likely only need to clean your pool filter every two months, but if your family is very active, or you are in love with your pool, and use it on most days, you may need to clean it once per month. A pool filter is important for keeping dirt and other sediment out of your pool water, and doing part of the work of keeping your pool clean. After a few cleanings, it will be time to replace your filter. Be mindful of what the individual instructions on your pool filters instruct you to do.