Swimming is the most popular recreational activity for children in some parts of the world. It makes sense that parents would want to provide a way for everyone to enjoy the water year-round. Maybe this is why indoor swimming pools have become so trendy over the years. They can keep the kids occupied while the adults focus on their own relaxation. These indoor swimming pools often come with the illusion that they are easy to maintain, making them an ideal choice.
Because they are inside, most people look forward to skipping the need to constantly skim debris out of the clear blue waters. This is certainly a big part of maintaining an outdoor pool, but that doesn’t mean that indoor pools are maintenance-free either. You should know what to expect from your indoor swimming pool maintenance so you can keep your waters clean and clear. Here are a few of the regular maintenance steps you need to take to keep things running smoothly.
Brush and Vacuum
Most pool owners know that they have to skim and vacuum an outdoor pool. You can usually forego skimming an indoor pool if you don’t constantly have leaves, twigs, and other items falling into the water. In order to vacuum the pool, you first need to brush the walls to reduce the algae and mold that could be growing on the interior walls of the pool. Then, you can run the vacuum to suck up any sediment that lines the bottom of your pool. These two steps are essential to maintaining clean waters indoors.
Maintain your Filter
The filter is an essential part of your indoor pool because it helps to remove dirt and debris from the water between cleanings. You will need to remove it and clean it using a specially formulated cleaner and water. A clean filter helps to prevent the buildup of dirt and chemicals in the rest of the pool, so be certain to do this every few months.
Shock the Waters
Sometimes, your pool encounters items that can’t easily be filtered out or vacuumed away. Chemicals like hairspray, perfume, makeup, and even deodorant can linger in the water indefinitely without treatment. Oxidizing the pool (more commonly referred to as shocking it) means adding more chlorine into the water to eliminate these items. Be sure to ventilate the area well to allow these chemicals to dissipate completely. This can be much more challenging when dealing with an indoor pool, so think about how you can let more air inside before you install one.
Test the Waters
Shocking the pool is necessary every few months when your free chlorine levels become lower than the total chlorine levels. However, you will need to test the rest of the water more regularly. Checking the pH levels can give you some indication of which chemicals you need to add in order to make your water clean again. You can do this at home with special strips or take the water to a professional pool company to help you determine your next steps.
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