You may not have expected that owning a swimming pool would be this much work. However, that's a price many homeowners are willing to pay for the comfort and convenience of being able to go for a swim when they want to. The only way your pool will be safe to use is if it is regularly maintained.
The maintenance needs of inground pools can vary due to a number of reasons such as the season and the frequency of use. How can you ensure your pool doesn't pose a risk to your health before you go for a swim?
The first step to a clean and healthy pool is ensuring the water circulates on a regular basis. If water is allowed to stagnate even for a day or two, that is all the time is needed for something unhealthy to start growing. If you could run your pool pump round the clock every day of the week, that would be perfect, but that would also be a massive waste of energy. However, doing so for 10 to 12 hours every day should do the trick. You should also backwash your filter to remove any contaminants that may have built up.
Although circulation greatly reduces the amount of cleaning you need to do, there's still a need for some old-fashioned cleaning methods. This means using items such as a net skimmer, a pool vacuum and a pool brush for the side walls. Pools can become dirty due to nature and also because of the people who use the pool. At the very least, you should be cleaning your pool once every week. However, if the pool is used frequently, you may have to do this more often. You can also buy an automatic pool cleaner to reduce the work needed.
Another important aspect of pool maintenance is chemistry. Pool chemistry isn't as complicated as you may imagine. You just need to maintain pH levels at around 7.4 to 7.6. It the pH level is too low, the water will be acidic, and too high will mean it's basic. Neither option is good for you. Muriatic acid or sodium bisulfate can be used to lower pH while sodium carbonate can be used to raise it depending on the state of your pool. Talk to your pool services technician to find out how you can test the pH of your pool water.