Bringing a Forgotten Swimming Pool Back to Life
Have you just purchased a house with a neglected pool? Or have you simply neglected your own pool’s maintenance? Whatever the cause, you must clean your pool immediately to avoid further damage and illness to your family.
Swimming pool restoration takes far more effort and time than simple pool care. With the correct tools and supplies, you can restore a beautiful pool in no time. Here’s how to repair your pool and resume swimming.
A neglected swimming pool quickly becomes a breeding ground for algae and the spread of disease.
Clean or drain?
It’s better to remove all the water from a dirty pool, disinfect the pool shell to eliminate algae, and then refill the pool. Gunite pools are the only ones that can be safely drained to zero depths. If you live in a location with a high water table, a fiberglass-shelled pool is likely to “float” out of the ground. Before you begin cleaning, be sure that the pool can be securely drained.
Clean The Pool
Even though draining the pool’s water makes cleaning the shell much easier, you’ll still need to do a thorough job on the shell regardless of whether the water is removed. To begin, use a pool vacuum to clean the pool’s bottom. A rough algae brush can be used to remove as much of the algae as possible from the shell after you’ve cleaned it. Algae should not be vacuumed up because your goal is to get rid of it, not just make it look to go.
After washing the shell, take a reading of the water’s pH for future reference. Turn on the filter when the water has been refilled and the chlorine shock has been applied two or three times. For up to five days, keep the filter running and check the water to see whether it’s getting clearer. Make any necessary pH adjustments once the water is clean enough. You’ve been waiting a long time to get back in the water.