Quick Tips for Keeping Your Pool Water Crystal Clear

Keeping your pool water crystal clear means more than just adding chlorine on a regular basis; too much chlorine can be damaging to the skin and the sinuses and make it uncomfortable to swim. You can keep your pool water crystal clear if you note a few other simple steps for maintaining your pool and protecting your water year-round.

1. Backwash to check the filter

The pool's filter needs to be changed regularly to ensure it's clean and working properly. You can change it according to a schedule but it's also good to backwash the filter regularly. This refers to reversing the direction of the water that flows through the filter so you can check its condition. Your pool's filter should tell you how to backwash it, and when you do, note if the water seems at all cloudy. If so, it's time to change the pool's filter no matter your standard schedule. Backwash the filter once per week or so, just to check its condition and know if you should be changing the filter more often than your usual schedule.

2. Avoid oils

Oils can clog the filter of your pool and make the water cloudy and dirty. Avoid using heavy suntan oils or other heavy products in your hair and if you do, be sure you rinse and clean these off before you go swimming.

3. Skim, and soon

The large particles of leaves, twigs, and insects that don't get filtered out of your pool will usually settle on the top of the water. You may assume you can skim these or vacuum them at a later time when they settle at the bottom of the water, but it's good to skim the water as soon as you notice these particles. This is because biological materials such as insects and leaves can break down very quickly, so that they leave bacteria and other pollutants in the pool water. Don't put off skimming until the weekend or a later date but do this as soon as you notice anything floating in the water.

4. Use algaecide

It's good to always clean your pool with the chemicals and products that are meant for whatever is causing it to become dirty, and this can mean an algaecide rather than simple chlorine. Get to know what algae looks like; it's typically green, yellow, or makes the water cloudy, and trying to kill it with chlorine might not do the trick. Use an algaecide when needed to keep the water clean rather than thinking chlorine is the "cure all" for your pool water.

For more information about the kind of treatment your pool needs, contact a pool water testing company.