Keep your pool safe and clean year-round with these top tips

With Dubai’s enviable year-round sunshine, having a swimming pool is one of life’s most enjoyable luxuries. However, one major downside is the responsibility of regular maintenance to ensure that your pool remains a safe, clean, and enjoyable place for your family and guests.

Maintaining a swimming pool in Dubai requires diligence and routine care to keep it in pristine condition, so we’ve put together some essential tips to ensure it remains a refreshing oasis in the desert.

Give it a frequent skim and clean

Debris such as leaves, insects, and dust can quickly accumulate in your pool, especially in a desert climate. Regular skimming of the pool’s surface using a net will help keep the water clear. Additionally, cleaning the pool walls and floor with a brush can prevent algae buildup and ensure a spotless pool. Investing in a good pool vacuum can also save time and effort.

Check your water levels

Dubai’s hot climate can cause significant evaporation, leading to lower water levels. It’s important to regularly check and maintain the appropriate water level in your pool. Ideally, the water should be at the center level of your pool skimmer or pool tile. Too high or too low water levels can affect the skimmer’s efficiency and the overall filtration system.

Balance the pool chemistry

Proper chemical balance is crucial for a safe and comfortable swimming experience. Regularly test your pool water for pH levels, alkalinity, and chlorine content. The pH level should ideally be between 7.2 and 7.6. Alkalinity should be between 80 and 120 ppm, and chlorine levels should be maintained between 1.0 and 3.0 ppm. Imbalanced water can lead to skin irritation, equipment corrosion, and ineffective sanitization.

Do regular shock treatments

Even with regular chlorination, organic contaminants and bacteria can build up over time. Shocking, or super chlorinating, your pool involves adding a large dose of chlorine to the water to kill off these contaminants. This should be done every 1-2 weeks, especially during peak swimming season. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and allow time for the chlorine levels to return to safe levels before swimming.

Don’t forget the filter

The filter plays a crucial role in keeping your pool water clean. Whether you have a cartridge, sand, or diatomaceous earth (DE) filter, regular cleaning is essential. Cartridge filters should be cleaned every few weeks and replaced when necessary. Sand and DE filters need backwashing to remove trapped dirt and debris. Keeping your filter clean ensures efficient operation and extends the lifespan of your pool equipment.

Inspect pool equipment

Regularly inspect all pool equipment, including the pump, heater, and skimmer, to ensure they are functioning properly. Look for signs of wear and tear, leaks, or unusual noises. Promptly addressing any issues can prevent more significant problems down the line. Consider having a professional service your equipment annually to keep everything in top condition.

Manage the surroundings

Keeping the area around your pool clean and well-maintained is also important. Trim back trees and bushes to minimize debris falling into the water. Ensure proper drainage around the pool to prevent dirty water from entering the pool. Using a pool cover when the pool is not in use can also help keep it clean and reduce evaporation.

Get expert help

Of course, the best way to keep your swimming pool in tip top shape all year round – and make sure it’s safe to use – is to get an experienced maintenance company in for regular seasonal checks.

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