How To Maintenance A Salt Water Pool? [Updated!]

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Picture it, stepping out onto a well-tended, relaxing deck, surrounded by blooming flowers and trees. You can probably already feel the humidity in the air, as the tropical climate paints the perfect setting for your relaxation trip.

But if you’re anything like us, you probably also want to know: How can I keep my saltwater pool clean? How can I maintain it so it’s always ready for my visitors?

Good news! There’s a way you can keep that tropical atmosphere by regularly maintaining your saltwater pool. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to properly maintain a saltwater pool, including tips on how to clean it and how to make it germ-free so it’ll always be ready for your guests. Read on, and you’ll become an expert.

Create A Routine

Maintaining a saltwater pool is a lot like maintaining any other type of pool. You need to be sure that the water is clean and fresh, and that the pool area is well-maintained and free of any debris. You could probably write a routine-based maintenance schedule, covering things like cleaning the pool, refreshing the pool water, and adjusting the pH of the water. You can use this schedule as a checklist, to be sure that you haven’t forgotten anything important when it comes time to take care of your pool.

But the difference between a pool and a saltwater pool is that you have to be extra careful not to contaminate the water with soil or sand, which can clog your filters. So instead of letting your green thumb take over and creating a flower garden around your pool, try keeping the area relatively clean by removing any debris from the pool area. This way you’ll prevent potential damage to your pool equipment, and it’ll also give your plants some room to breathe.

Get The Right Equipment

Just like with any other type of pool, you need to have the right equipment for maintaining a saltwater pool. The main piece of equipment is the filter. This is where most of the dirt ends up after you draw it through the pool. If your pool is fairly new, it may not already come with a filter, but finding a good one shouldn’t be hard. There are several available on the market, with some brands being more expensive than others, so it’s worth shopping around and finding a good deal. If possible, try for one that is adjustable, so you can tighten it once the water becomes dirty and then loosen it to allow more water through when needed.

An example of a good adjustable filter would be the YSI NCP 400 pump. It features an integral screen that can be used with solid or sand-free saltwater, and it also has a unique drag handle that allows you to tighten or loosen the filter as needed, up to 25 feet of solid plastic tubing. With all these features and more, it’s no wonder why this pool filter is so popular. Another option to consider is the Hayward brand, which is known for its high efficiency rate and its ability to handle all types of water, including saltwater. These are just a few of the available options out there, with several other manufacturers producing quality products as well.

Cleaning The Pool

Once you have the equipment in place, it’s time to start cleaning the pool. For most pools, the filter needs to be cleaned at least once every two weeks, and it should be deep cleaned at least once every month. The good news is that most filters are pretty easy to clean, and it’s a straightforward process that usually only takes a few minutes. Before getting started, however, make sure you’ve put on your safety gear, worn gloves, and opened all the windows and doors to allow proper ventilation. Cleaning the pool with the lid raised is also a good idea, as this prevents splashback while you’re cleaning around the pool area — it also allows you to clean the upper parts of the pool more easily.

The first step is to strain the pool water through a clean pair of gloves and then plunge it into the garbage disposal. While this step is fairly self-explanatory, it’s also a good idea to do some research on how to properly clean the filter and ensure that it’s thoroughly cleaned. This will ensure that your pool stays clean for a long time and that you don’t end up with nasty little bacteria growing in your pool. You can also use this step to get rid of any algae that may have grown in the pool, adding a little touch of nature to your pool area.

Once the filter is cleaned, it’s time to move on to the pool deck. You’re going to want to clean this area thoroughly at least once a month, in case there are any bits of dirt or mold that have grown during the year. Use a hose to wash away any dirt, and then dry the area thoroughly using a clean towel. It’s also important to note that if you’ve got wood furniture around the pool area, it’s good hygiene practice to clean it with a damp cloth, and then dry it using a clean towel afterward. This ensures that any oils or chemicals from the pool are wiped away, preventing any potential water damage and preserving the look of the furniture.

Adjusting The pH Of The Pool

Another important thing to consider when maintaining a saltwater pool is the pH of the water. The pH is a measurement of the acidity (or alkalinity) of the water, and the level of alkalinity (or acidity) can directly impact the functionality of the pool. Most pools come with a basic water chemistry kit, which will include things like a pH probe, brix refractometer, and several types of food grade chemicals to adjust the pH level of the water. Some of these chemicals are caustic, so it’s worth being careful while mixing them together in the proper proportions — especially if you’re not sure how much you should be using or if you’re not prepared for the reaction that these chemicals might have on your skin, eyes, or lungs.

If possible, test the pH of the water before you make any adjustments, as this will ensure that you have the exact right combination at all times. If the pH is above or below the proper range, it may demand a different chemical in the mixture to bring it back into balance. The good news is that adjusting the pH level of your pool is a fairly easy and straightforward process.

Protecting Against Pestilence

One more important thing to consider when maintaining a saltwater pool is protecting it against pests. While we strive for a clean and healthy environment around our home, there are several pests that can end up in our pool area that may cause harm. These include:

  • Fleas
  • Mosquitoes
  • Spiders (especially those of the spider mantis variety)
  • Ants
  • Bees
  • Tick
  • Mice
  • Rabbits
  • Dogs
  • And more…

Protecting your pool from these pests is fairly easy and can be done with proper ventilation and exclusion. Make sure that all the windows and doors are closed and that there is proper airflow throughout the pool area — this will help ensure that the air is neither too hot nor cold, and pests have no place to breed or hide. Another important thing to do is to put up a good defense against any animals or small pests that may have entered your pool area. This may mean securing the pool area with a locked gate or fence, or setting up some unpleasant-tasting sprays or alarms. These are all options that can help protect your pool area from harm.

While it’s important to take good care of your pool, it’s also important to remember the elements that make it unique. Be sure to clean it according to the proper procedures and always make sure that the water is clean and free of any debris or algae. You can also use a chlorine-free pool chemical for the first few weeks after you setup the pool, and then switch to a regular dose of chlorine when the water is clear and looks good. Remember to follow the recommended dose for the amount of water in your pool.

Keeping a saltwater pool clean, fresh, and relatively free of debris is a fairly easy process, and it only takes a few minutes a day to maintain. All you need is some time and a bit of elbow grease to clean and maintain your pool — and the perfect beach atmosphere that comes with it. So go ahead and start enjoying those warm summer months by keeping that tropical vibe alive and well in your own backyard with the help of this blog post!

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