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Top pool maintenance tips for summer

By Claire Briggs
A pool is an important feature of any luxury property and keeping it in top condition is important all-year round.
Whether you love spending summer days by the water or you own a rental property, maintenance is essential at all times.
Here are some top tips for keeping your pool in the best possible condition, for when the summer really heats up.

Water testing

The first step is to invest in a water testing kit, which will tell you the pH of the water. Regularly checking this will enable you to keep the level balanced and your pool usable.
Ideally, the pH of your swimming pool should be between 7 and 7.6. Any reading above 8 has the potential to cause skin rashes and other problems. Those under 7 could cause eye irritation.
A whole host of factors can influence the quality of your pool water, such as the weather, how many people have used it and the chemicals you have used, so it’s important to keep an eye on it.

Use chlorine

The most common way of keeping a pool clean is to use chlorine – and it’s important that you know what you are doing with it.
How frequently you need to use chlorine will depend on how regularly people get into the pool, as well as the outside temperature. Ask your local hardware store if you are unsure.
Although your filtration system will take care of some of this work, you’ll need to ensure chlorine levels are topped up – especially during the summer months.

Invest in a cover

Leaving your swimming pool exposed to the elements will mean it needs cleaning more regularly, which is why it can be a wise idea to invest in a cover.
This will keep the water clear of debris, as well as protect it from adverse weather conditions. Both of these factors can influence the quality of the water, which means more cleaning for you.

Maintain your filter

A pool filter will work extremely hard to keep your water clean and clear, so make sure you take the time to check it every so often.
You might need to get an expert in to undertake the task, especially if you’re unsure of what you are supposed to be doing.
A clogged up pool filter won’t be able to perform properly which can affect the health of your pool, so it’s worth investing the time to ensure it is in full working order.

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