Gunite pools come with many benefits — they provide hours of fun and enjoyment for a family and also greatly enhance the appearance of a backyard landscape design. If you're planning to invest in a beautiful gunite pool, you need to know how to properly care for it. Continue reading to learn more about maintaining your new gunite pool.
Remove Debris Regularly
Even if you have a pool vacuum or an in-ground cleaning system in place, larger pieces of debris, such as leaves, bugs, and other items that are blown into your pool, will need to be removed on a regular basis. Failure to promptly remove debris can affect the water quality and lead to the growth of algae. The best way to clean out debris from the surface and bottom of a pool is with a long-handled pool net.
Scrub the Interior Walls of the Pool
You’ll need to scrub the interior walls of your gunite pool regularly to keep the surface of the walls clean, prevent staining, and inhibit algae growth. On average, the interior walls of a pool should be scrubbed every couple of weeks with a long-handled, stiff pool brush. The right way to scrub the pool walls is to start at the top near the tile line and firmly push the brush to the floor of the pool.
Keep the Filter Clean
When a pool pump is running, all of the water in a pool is pushed through the pool filter where dirt and grime is removed, leaving the water clean. Thus, it is not surprising that a pool filter can become dirty in a short amount of time. To keep the filter in good repair and maintain water quality, clean the pool filter. How often you need to do this task will depend on what type of filter the pool has.
Test the Pool Water
Swimming pool water requires a variety of chemicals to keep the water safe, clean, and clear. A pool owner should test the water at least once a week to check the pH level, alkalinity level, and chlorine level. This test lets you know what chemicals need to be added.
If you have time, you can take a sample of pool water to a pool supply to have it tested. For many, it is more convenient to use either pool testing strips or a liquid test kit to test the water each week.
Run the Pump
The pool pump needs to run long enough to push all of the water in the pool through the filter. The exact amount of time this process takes depends on the size of the pool, but if a pool is properly cleaned and maintained, you should run the pump for eight hours each day. This routine will ensure the pump properly filters the water and maintains the chemical levels.
Have the Right Chemicals on Hand
One of the keys to keeping pool water clean and safe is to always have the right chemicals on hand so they can be added to the pool as needed. Chlorine and bromine need to be added to the pool often to sanitize the water and kill off bacteria. You should also use a super chlorinator to shock the pool once a week.
Additional chemicals may be needed if you notice other problems, such as a green pool, cloudy water, or a large buildup of algae that does not go away through the use of chlorine and shocking the pool.
If you are interested in learning more about having a gunite pool installed in your backyard, contact Deep South Gunite Pools today!