6 summer maintenance tips for your swimming pool

28 January 2020

The summer is synonymous with long, lazy days splashing around in the swimming pool. The children are happy and you too can enjoy a refreshing dip whenever the fancy takes you. Now all you need do is maintain your swimming pool throughout the summer season. We provide a number of practical tips!

Tip 1: Keep an eye on the pH value

Sun and warm temperatures are part and parcel of summer. Unfortunately, the heat also causes your maintenance products to dissolve and evaporate more quickly. We therefore recommend checking the pH value of your swimming pool once every 2 days.

The optimal pH value of a swimming pool is between 7.2 and 7.6 pH. You can maintain the pH value of the water in your swimming pool by adding pH Minus or pH Plus.

Why do we recommend this? Dangerous bacteria can develop if the pH of the water is too high. The combination of insufficient chlorine levels and a too high pH can also lead to algae growth and green swimming pool water. Too low a pH value results in the corrosion of metal components (e.g. ladders, lighting etc.) and an unpleasant chlorine odour that causes eye, nose and skin irritations.

Keep an eye on the pH value
Check the chlorine value

Check the chlorine value

It’s also important to check your chlorine levels once every 2 days and adjust it as necessary. Chlorine ensures that the water in your swimming pool stays clear and healthy!

To adequately disinfect your swimming pool, use the following free chlorine concentrations:

  • Outdoor swimming pool: between 1.0 and 2.5 mg/l
  • Indoor swimming pool: between 0.5 and 1.5 mg/l

That way you can be certain that your swimming pool water is free from bacteria and viruses.

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Tip 3: Remove leaves

Leaves? During the summer? Yes, you read that correctly! If the weather remains extremely dry and warm for long periods, trees deploy a defence mechanism. 

They go into ‘Autumn mode’ prematurely, and certain species of tree can even lose up to half of their foliage. It’s therefore advisable to regularly remove leaves from your swimming pool.

Are leaves really so harmful? Yes, they can stain your swimming pool liner or roller cover.

Remove leaves
Perform a weekly backwash

Tip 4: Perform a weekly backwash

As you use your swimming pool more intensively in the summer, it’s more likely to get dirty. This can cause your sand filter to clog. You can prevent this by performing a regular backwash (cleaning the filter by reversing the water flow). A minor maintenance task that delivers major results!

For more information on backwashing your swimming pool please view our instruction video.

Tip 5: Cover your swimming pool

The warmer weather causes swimming pool maintenance products to evaporate faster. Not planning on using your swimming pool for a while? Then cover it to reduce evaporation. This will let you save on the purchase of maintenance products.

You can cover your swimming pool using a summer tarpaulin. 

The cover also keeps the pool water at a more constant temperature thereby preventing the water from cooling down too much.

Tip 5: Cover your swimming pool
Clean your swimming pool regularly

Tip 6: Clean your swimming pool regularly

BOMBSHELL! Summer is the ideal time for fun and frolics with your children or friends in the swimming pool. Sounds perfect! But it also means regularly entering or exiting the swimming pool. Each time you go back in, you unwittingly carry a significant amount of dirt into the pool.

In order to keep your water clean and healthy, you should1 therefore clean your swimming pool on a regular basis. You can do this using a manual vacuum cleaner or a swimming pool robot.


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Can’t wait to dive into your swimming pool this summer? Then opt for worry-free swimming pool maintenance by ordering your maintenance products from our webshop!