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Swimming pools can mean hours of healthy, outdoor activities. With summer well under way, life can get busy with fun activities, vacations and family time. However, it’s important to remember that a little regular pool maintenance goes a long way!

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Here are 3 tips to keep your pool clean all summer:

1. Regularly Check Your Equipment

A pool is more than you see with the water. Pumps, filters and other equipment work to maintain the crystal clear water in your pool. You have to check these parts on regular basis. In addition to checking your filter, it’s important that you backwash your filter system regularly. This will ensure that everything is working properly.

2. Maintain the Right Water Chemistry

Test your pool’s pH levels 2 or 3 times per week, depending on how much you use it. Sweat, dirt and sunscreen can all affect your water chemistry, but did you know the weather can too? That’s right both rain and sun can affect your water chemistry as well!

By checking your pool’s pH levels regularly, you will ensure that you have the proper water chemistry balance, that your water is safe to swim in and is inhibiting bacteria and algae growth.

3. Skim, Scrub and Sweep

Keeping a clean and healthy pool will do more than improve its visual appeal. Skim the top of your pool, scrub the pool walls (water line) and steps and vacuum its floor weekly. If you are hosting several pool parties per week or swimming for extended periods daily, you may need to increase the frequency of your deep cleaning.

Make sure you keep all parts of your pool clean and debris-free in order to prevent algae and bacteria growth. Neglected pools can become a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria, so cleaning your water body regularly will help eliminate these harmful organisms. It’s a good practice to keep the surface skimmed daily and the pool walls, steps and floor cleaned weekly. With a robotic pool cleaner you can even make this chore a treat!