A concrete swimming pool is not inexpensive to install, but when cared for properly, it provides decades of family fun. Therefore, knowing how to care for a concrete swimming pool is important so you can start on the right foot from the moment construction is complete. As a homeowner whose swimming pool construction is close to being finished, use these weekly care tips to make sure your pool looks great for years to come.
Weekly Wall Brushing
One way to keep the interiors of concrete swimming pools looking immaculate is to manually brush the pool walls every week. You do not need anything more than a long-handled, soft-bristled broom and 30 minutes of your time to complete this task. Manually brushing the walls with a broom dislodges all dirt and algae that collects on the wall over the course of each week. Once it has been dislodged, this debris settles on the floor of the pool and is then sucked up by the pool vacuum. Removing dirt and algae stops the walls from being stained or damaged.
Weekly Water Checks
Checking the water balance each week is not just about providing a safe swimming environment for your family. The water in your pool is measured according to its pH balance. If the pH balance is over 8, then the water is too alkaline and your family may experience skin rashes. If the water is below 7 pH, then it is too acidic and can cause a swimmer's eyes to sting.
The pH balance of the water must be maintained between 7 and 7.6 to protect both the swimmers and the walls of the concrete swimming pool. Acidic and alkaline water corrode the structure of the pool walls over time.
Your local pool contractor has water testing kits for sale. Use these to take a sample of the pool water each week. The test instantly tells you the current pH balance of the water. Your pool contractor also has advice on which chemicals to use to bring the pool water back to the pH balance it needs to be.
Weekly Crack Checks
Finally, give the pool a visual check each week to see if any cracks have developed in the walls or floor of the swimming pool. It is important to regularly look for small cracks as these are common. They are caused by the movement of the earth surrounding the pool. Cracks must be repaired as soon as found to prevent them from growing in size. Your pool contractor can complete this repair. Unfixed cracks will expand and lead to an expensive repair task.
Now that you know how to care for your concrete swimming pool, you should have no concerns about it looking as good as new for many years ahead.