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Best summertime pool care

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There’s no better time like summer to really enjoy the swimming pool that clinched your decision to make your place now your home in the UAE. But before you and your kids jump in to do a couple of laps, take care of the following pool maintenance items first: 

•To ensure the water is clean and healthy, measure the pH level every two days. A reading between 7.2 and 7.8 is considered ideal and safe, and helps the sanitizers work more efficiently. You may use a reagent kit or test strips to gauge the pH level although the latter are easier to use; check the sanitizer levels on a daily basis

•On a weekly basis, clean the skimmer basket as well as the hair and lint pot

•Make it a point to skim the pool surface by hand daily or several times a day before floating debris sinks to the bottom of the pool. Use a hand skimmer or leaf skimmer to remove hard-to-reach items

•To keep water crystal-clear and to avoid having to add chemicals frequently, vacuum your pool every week and check/clean the filter every time you do this

•Brush the walls and tiles to prevent algae buildup and calcium deposits; also check for what type of cleaning agents work best on the materials used for your pool

•Make sure the water doesn’t fall below the skimmer level or keep it halfway up to the skimmer box opening

•Keep the filtration system on 6-8 hours daily

•If you suspect a leak, call in the professionals, and always cover your pool when not in use

Got everything covered? Then go ahead and jump in!

Handy Hints on pool care
• Clean the skimmer basket and hair/lint pot weekly
• Brush the walls and tiles to prevent algae buildup
• Call in the professionals for leaks, other problems





Source: Lovely Claire CD, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer