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When you think about it, owning a pool can be a pretty big responsibility. There are chemicals to balance, filters to clean, surfaces to skim and so much more. Which is why for many, pool maintenance is more of a chore than an enjoyable part of pool ownership.
But it doesn’t have to be that way!
The world of pool maintenance is much simpler when you know the right pool care hacks.
Because when it comes to keeping your pool clean, it’s not so much about the amount of time you put in, but how you spend it. Ideally, we all want to clean our pools quickly and affordably, but sometimes, the exact opposite situation occurs.
We spend hundreds on chemicals just trying to keep the water balanced. And sometimes it feels like we’re fishing leaves out of the pool every other day. At this point, it almost feels as if pool maintenance is never-ending.
But the reality is, it’s all in your approach. And in this post, we show you 10 pool maintenance hacks to cut your work time and swimming pool bills in half.
Sound too good to be true? Keep reading — we guarantee you’ll find at least one tip in here that you can benefit from right now.
1. Balance your pool water twice a week to save on chemicals
You may wonder how balancing your water MORE often calls for fewer chemicals, and the answer to that is simple. The more balanced your water normally is, the fewer chemicals you need to maintain balance.
In most cases, pool owners don’t get around to testing their water too often. Maybe 3 times in a good month. So then what happens?
You test the water and add all the chemicals need to balance it. But usually, when you do this, you end up using a lot more chemicals than usual. And that’s because by testing less often, you give the chemicals in your pool more time to get out of balance.
And the longer your water goes unbalanced, the more chemicals you will need to add to it to correct it and get it right.
So by testing your water often and reducing the amount of time in between tests, your pool stays balanced longer, and you spend less money on chemicals.
2. Remove calcium scaling with vinegar
There are many different ways to remove calcium scaling from the mosaic of your pool. But did you know that vinegar is an excellent, natural pool scale remover?
Yup, all you have to do is grab a sponge, add some diluted vinegar and start scrubbing. Within a few seconds, the scaling should start disintegrating away into the sponge.
And before you know it, the walls are squeaky clean!
3. Use a solar cover to improve heat retention by over 70%
Solar covers not only act as a barrier between your water and all the leaves that like to find their way into it. But they also improve your pool’s heating retention and heating efficiency in a major way.
In fact, by using a solar cover, you experience 75% less water evaporation (the main reason for heat loss) compared to pool owners with uncovered pools.
4. Run your pool pump for at least 8 hours
Good water circulation is everything. It can make or break the cleanliness of your pool. Since water flow is responsible for everything from distributing chemicals and heat, to powering your filtration system and automatic pool cleaner, it’s important to stay on top of it.
Many pool owners only run their filter systems when they expect to swim. Although this does reduce electricity costs in the short term, the amount of pool and chemical maintenance you have to do in-between usually outweighs the savings.
By running your filter at least 8 hours each day, you give your pool system the optimal circulation it needs to keep your water healthy. And that means waking up to far less cloudy, green water.
5. Use a pool maintenance schedule to save time and money
Getting SOME pool maintenance done is always better than doing none at all. Fair enough, right?
But what if we told you there was a better way? A sure-fire strategy for avoiding the headache of having to deal with what feels like weeks worth of pool maintenance every time you miss a few days?
Out of all the pool care hacks in this post, using a pool care schedule may be the simplest, yet most effective. Why?
Well, when you use a pool maintenance schedule, it conditions you to get into the habit of regularly testing your water and cleaning the pool. And if there’s anything we know about pool maintenance, it’s that the longer it's left undone, the worse it gets.
On the flip side, using a pool maintenance schedule makes chemical management easier, saves time, reduces decision overload and most important of all, guarantees that your pool never reaches the point of no return.
Download our pool maintenance schedule here.
6. Use tennis balls to absorb oils in your water
Looking for pool care hacks that are fun for the whole family? Well, it’s not this one. But it’s still fun.
The logic here is simple: the outer material layer on tennis balls absorbs dirt and oil surprisingly well.
And nearly every swimming pool is riddled with oils of some kind, even if you can’t see them. From the natural bodily oils of swimmers to sunblock and soap runoff, the list goes on.
Luckily, the solution to this common problem is simple.
Toss a few tennis balls into the water and weir basket, and just like that, you have cheap, free-floating oil cleaners for your pool.
7. Line your weir basket with pantyhose to improve filtration
Ah, the good old’ weir basket. The first line of defence (aside from you) between pool contaminants and your filter system.
Most of the time when you empty out your basket, you only fish out leaves, twigs and bugs. Everything else seems to find its way through — eventually making a home in your sand filter. But not anymore.
This is one of the simpler pool maintenance hacks, but the results it’ll get you are immediately noticeable.
Grab an old pair of stockings and wrap them around the weir basket. As if you’re putting the basket in a net. Then, tie the spare fabric around the rim.
This simple hack improves the effectiveness of your basket’s filtration drastically. But more importantly, it takes a huge load off of the sand filter, which also means less work for you. If you have water-loving dogs you’ll be surprised just how much they shed when swimming. All that hair ends up in the filter creating a sort of dreadlock mat on the surface of the sand.
Are you starting to see how implementing some of these pool maintenance hacks stack up and create an awesome, time and money-saving effect?
8. Use an automatic timer to automate filtration
Sure, running your filter 8 hours a day is great and all. But what about the days when you’re not around to do it? Or just forget in the midst of everything else?
If that’s a problem you foresee, then you’ll definitely be interested in the solution. Automatic timers.
Using an automatic timer is the easiest way to keep your pool looking good even while you’re away. It’s a simple device that connects up to your DB board.
All you have to do is set a time-frame for the automatic timer to run, and you’re done. It’s like having a mechanical pool helper there to keep your water circulated.
9. Keep water mid weir level for optimal circulation
On the topic of good water circulation, maintaining proper water level is nothing short of essential.
If your water level is too low, your weir can’t pull in the water it needs to kick off the circulation process. This has a domino effect which leads to your pool pump quickly running dry and potentially overheating.
For best results keep your water line at mid weir level. This ensures that every part of your pool system can do its job as expected.
10. Backwash your sand filter at least once a week
A clogged pool filter does you no good. It’s pretty much like cleaning your kitchen floor with a dirty mop. You can do it, but it won’t help. Jokes aside, cleaning your filter regularly comes with a few benefits.
For one, it’s the best way to keep your filter working as effectively as the day you bought it. This is because when a filter is clean, there’s less resistance against the water flowing through it.
On the other hand, a dirty filter creates pressure for the water being circulated through. This, in turn, puts a heavier strain on your pump, making it work harder to get the water through the filter. And naturally, the extra work is paid for by increased electricity bills.
So long story short, backwash your sand filter at least once a week to keep it working at top performance.
There you have it! Now take action!
Now that you know all of these new pool care hacks, it’s time to take pool maintenance head-on. Because what’s knowledge without application?
Truthfully, you’re probably already eager to get started. For most pool owners, saving money and spending less time maintaining the pool is more than enough motivation.