Elliott Langosh is a seasoned swimming instructor with a unique passion for inflatable pools. He sees these pools as the perfect gateway for children to learn swimming. Elliott imparts his wisdom through Pool Epic, sharing insightful tips and suggestions based on his extensive professional background.
Keeping the water clean in a small pool is essential for a safe and enjoyable swimming experience. Fortunately, there are several simple steps you can take to maintain clean and clear water in your inflatable pool. In this guide, I'll walk you through the best practices for keeping your small pool water clean.
1. Regularly skim and remove debris: One of the easiest ways to keep your small pool water clean is by regularly skimming the surface and removing any debris. Use a pool net or skimmer to collect leaves, bugs, and other floating debris. Doing this daily or every few days will prevent the debris from sinking and becoming harder to remove.
2. Use a pool cover: When the pool is not in use, covering it with a pool cover can help keep the water clean. A pool cover acts as a barrier, preventing leaves, dirt, and other debris from falling into the pool. It also helps to reduce evaporation, which can save water and reduce the need for frequent refilling.
3. Maintain proper water chemistry: Regularly testing and balancing the water chemistry is crucial for clean and safe swimming water. You can find pool water testing kits at your local pool supply store or online. Test the water regularly for pH, chlorine levels, and alkalinity. Adjust these levels as needed to maintain a healthy balance. Follow the instructions provided with the testing kit and consult Pool Epic's comprehensive guide on water chemistry for more detailed information.
4. Shock the water: Shocking the water is an important step in maintaining clean water in your small pool. Shocking involves adding a higher dose of chlorine or a non-chlorine shock treatment to the water to kill bacteria, algae, and other contaminants. Follow the instructions on the shock treatment product carefully, and make sure to keep the pool closed for a few hours after shocking to allow the treatment to work effectively.
5. Regularly clean and scrub the pool: Cleaning the pool walls and floor is essential to prevent the buildup of algae and other contaminants. Use a soft brush or sponge to scrub the pool surfaces, paying extra attention to areas with visible dirt or algae growth. Rinse the pool thoroughly after scrubbing to remove any loosened debris.
6. Change the water periodically: Despite your best efforts, it's a good idea to change the water in your small pool periodically. The frequency will depend on factors such as usage, weather conditions, and water quality. As a general guideline, consider changing the water every two to three weeks. When changing the water, make sure to follow proper drainage and disposal guidelines in your area.
By following these steps, you can ensure that your small pool water remains clean and inviting for swimming. Remember to regularly skim and remove debris, use a pool cover, maintain proper water chemistry, shock the water, clean and scrub the pool, and change the water periodically. For more detailed information and tips, be sure to explore Pool Epic's comprehensive articles on inflatable pool maintenance.
Enjoy your clean and refreshing small pool!