Tips for keeping your home swimming pool clean and healthy to use
So, you’ve splashed out and bought a pool in Costa Rica. How exciting! We’re sure you’re already aware of how incredible it feels to be able to go for a swim whenever you want to. First thing in the morning? No problem. After a long day’s work? Absolutely. The last thing you want is for your pool to become dirty and unsafe to use. With our tips, you can ensure that your piece of luxury can run smoothly for years to come. Note: we at Metro Cubico offer these services ourselves, so if you’d prefer to let some experts handle your pool maintenance, we’re here to help.
1. Check the chemistry of your pool.
When we say ‘chemistry’, we mean things such as pH and chlorine content. We recommend checking once per week during the summer and once every two weeks during the winter. The pH should be 7-7.8. The chlorine level should be 1-2ppm/liter. The pH level affects the activity level of the chlorine. The higher the pH, the less active the chlorine becomes – meaning more chlorine needs to be added. At a pH of 7, chlorine is approximately 50% active, whereas at a pH of 8, chlorine is only around 10% active. The bottom line is, if your pH is under control, you’ll need to use less chlorine.
2. Cover your pool.
When you aren’t using your pool, it’s a very good idea to cover it, especially in a country with a climate like Costa Rica. Covering your pool has many benefits; it protects your pool from unwanted objects and animals, it reduces the loss of water due to evaporation, it helps to maintain pH, and reduces costs by controlling the temperature of the water.
3. Clean the pool filter.
This may seem obvious, but cleaning the filter that cleans your pool is essential to maintaining your pool. It’s fundamental but often overlooked. For the best results, clean the filter every few months, or after a heavy storm as debris can get clogged in the fitler. This can be a technical and difficult job, so hiring Metro Cubico to do it may be your best option.
4. Check the water level.
We’ve found that many pool owners don’t consider this. As long as it’s not obviously empty or overflowing, your pool should be fine, right? This is not the case. If the water level is too high, then the pool skimmer may not work correctly. On the other hand, if the water level is too low, the pump can dry up and burn out.
5. The obvious: Hire us! 🙂
At Metro Cubico, we can take care of all of the above, and more! We specialize in swimming pool construction, design, and maintenance. For your Swimming Pool maintenance in Costa Rica, do not hesitate to contact us. Our teams of experts are always available to respond to your questions or concerns.