Before you spend the big bucks on pool service and products, try these 7 DIY maintenance tips to keep your pool and filtration system running like new!
1. CLEANING POOL TILES
Cleaning stain and scale from tiles and plaster is easy with a simple baking soda mixture. Mix baking soda and water in a bucket to form a paste. Take a sponge, old rag, or small brush to scrub the tiles around your pool’s surface.
Bonus Tip! Baking soda can be used to increase the pH level of your water chemistry. This is especially important after rain water enters your pool, lowering the pH level. If your pH reads at least 7.2, grime will not develop on your tile lines. 16 ounces of baking soda in 10,000 gallons of water can raise the pH level by 7.14 ppm.
2. REMOVING WRINKLES FROM A POOL LINER
If your above ground pool has sat for awhile and has low water, try filling the pool with fresh water to add weight against the walls and floor. If there are still a few wrinkles, try using a squeegee to smooth out the wrinkles or a household plunger on either side of the wrinkle.
If these methods are no luck, you can drain the pool and use a shop vac or liner vac (air blower) to remove the air between the liner and the pool walls. Set the blower to ‘reverse’ and blow air between the liner and pool frame to push out the wrinkles. Now, reverse the suction again and remove the excess air that was blown under the liner. Worst case, you’ll need to call a pro and/or replace the pool liner all-together.
3. D.E. POWDER IN A SAND FILTER
Sand Filters may occasionally have trouble filtering out fine particles. Some pool owners add one cup of D.E. powder to their Sand Filter for extra help. The safest way to combine D.E. to your sand filter is by adding the media to your skimmer and let it circulate through the filtration system.
4. REMOVING OILS FROM THE WATER SURFACE
Place tennis balls around the pool, in the skimmer basket and in your spa to absorb oils caused by sunscreens, lotions, makeup, hair products, and runoff that enters your pool from rain or landscape sprinklers. This method is also great for homeowners with dogs. The tennis ball will catch a lot of dog hair before it hits the filter. Tennis balls are an efficient and affordable way to keep the water surface clear all summer long!
5. FILTERING FINE PARTICLES FROM THE SKIMMER BASKET
This quick hack will help filter fine debris particles before they enter your filter. All you need to do is wrap the skimmer basket with an old panty hose and tie a knot on the top. Since the panty hose fabric does such a great job, make sure to rinse out the basket after every filtration cycle!
6. HOW TO MAKE A DIY POOL VACUUM
Do you have a small pool, but don’t own a pool cleaner or vacuum? All you need is a 1” diameter hose, plastic funnel, pantyhose, rubber band and a glue gun. Glue the funnel to one end of the plastic tubing, then stretch the pantyhose over the funnel and secure with a rubber band. That’s it! Now, submerge the hose and funnel to remove all air, then simply place the funnel against the suction filter inside your pool and use the other end to vacuum up dirt and debris from the pool floor.
7. HOW TO COOL YOUR IN-GROUND POOL
Aerators are one of the easiest ways to circulate cooled water into your pool. By adding an aerator valve to one or a few of the wall jets, you can cool the pool temperature by a few degrees (depending on the outside temperature). Simply screw the aerator attachment into the returns on your pool walls, open the correct valve(s) and then run your filtration system. Water will begin to flow through the plumbing and create a fountain that sprays the cooler water back into your pool.
Don’t have adjustable return jets? No problem! Just attach a spigot valve to your garden hose and hang it over the edge of the pool. Slightly open the valve, weigh down the hose with a bucket or rock, and watch your DIY aerator go to work!
Expert Tip! Run your aerators and fountains at night to maximize cooling in combination with the cooler air temperatures. Aeration is also a great way to raise a pool’s pH level over time.