Tips For Keeping Your Pool Sparkling Clean

Man cleaning swimming pool with vacuum tube cleaner early in the morning

It’s summertime, which means you’ve opened your pool for the season. This is great! Some fun in the sun isn’t complete without a pool party, but nothing ruins the perfect pool day like a dirty pool. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you keep your pool sparkling clean so enjoy these beautiful summer days.

Skim Off Leaves & Debris

Skimming the surface of your pool should be done daily. For this, you’ll need a long-handled leaf skimmer to gather up leaves, insects, and any other debris that might have fallen into your pool. The goal is to catch the debris before it falls to the bottom of your pool where it’s harder to clean and where the debris can cause stains. If you have trees anywhere around your pool, it’s recommended that you trim them back to reduce the amount of possible debris. Skimming is important because it also keeps debris from clogging the filter.

Brush Sediment from Pool Walls

You should brush the pool walls and fixtures every week to get rid of any dirt and algae that may have collected there. Use a brush to brush the walls, ladder, slide, and any other fixtures to remove the dirt. To make things easier for yourself, try and brush the dirt towards the main drain of the pool where it will be vacuumed up easily.

Vacuum The Pool

Once the algae and dirt has been brushed from the walls and fixtures of your pool, you can vacuum any debris that has fallen to the bottom. There are two different types of vacuums you can use—an automatic or manual vacuum.

If you want to go with an automatic vacuum, there are three types: robotic, pressure, and suction. A robotic vacuum is the most energy-efficient and works separate from your filtration system. The pressure vacuum is your middle of the road automatic vacuum that utilizes the pressure line from the filtration system to move around your pool. The final, and cheapest alternative is the suction vacuum. The suction vacuum uses the water flow from your filtration system and attaches either to a dedicated suction port or skimmer.

The alternative to an automatic vacuum is the manual. With a manual vacuum you’ll want to submerge your vacuum head and hose before hooking to vacuum up to the filter. When you vacuum the bottom of your pool, make sure you move like you’re pushing a lawn mower, and that the lanes you make overlap to ensure you are picking up the most debris possible.

Maintain Chemical Levels

An important part about owning a pool is understanding the necessary chemicals needed to keep the water clean and clear. The two things you’ll want to monitor the most are the chlorine and pH levels. Chlorine is a chemical that kills germs and bacteria in the pool water and the pH level (measures how acidic or alkaline the water is) influences how effective the chlorine is at keeping the water clean. You can use a water testing kit to test your water about twice a week. Your chlorine should measure between 1.0 and 3.0 parts per million, while the pH levels should read between 7.2 and 7.6. If the pH is too low add an alkali to reduce acidity, and if it is too high, add an acid to the water, muriatic acid or sodium bismuthate are the most used.

Shock & Algaecide

Once a week you should shock, or super-chlorinate, your pool to kill any bacteria or algae that may be growing. You can buy shock at any pool supply store, but make sure to read the box to see how much you should use, because it varies on the size of the pool you need to shock.  Apply algaecide if you notice any algae growing along the walls or fixtures of your pool. Algae can turn your water green, yellow, or cloudy.


Backwash refers to cleaning out your pool filter. This is when you run water through the system in the opposite direction. If your water starts to get cloudy it’s time to backwash.

Maintain Good Water Circulation

If you don’t maintain water circulation it could affect how the chemicals in your pool, like chlorine, are dispersed, which throws off the hole balance of your pool’s ecosystem. To maintain good water circulation, you should run your pump for at least eight hours a day, clean out your skimmer basket weekly, empty out your pump and filter basket weekly, consistently clean filter, and monitor and troubleshoot any unexpected PSI changes.

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How to Refresh Your Home on a Budget

Chances are, you’ve looked around your home and decided now is the time for an update. What you liked years ago has changed, and so have you! We’ve compiled a  list of seven tips on how you can refresh your home on a budget – and help you fall in love with your home all over again!

Swap Out Accessories

Ready to give your couch or bed a facelift? Add a pop of color to any room with accessories. Decorate with colorful accent pillows and throw blankets to match the season or your mood. Pillows can add texture, pattern, color and that finishing touch that you’re looking for and are an inexpensive way to change the look of a room.

Change Up the Hardware

You may have noticed, as you’re taking out ingredients and cookware to make dinner, that your kitchen isn’t exactly your style any longer.  No worries!  An easy way to update your kitchen’s aesthetic is with new hardware for your drawers and cabinets.  Knobs and pulls are easy to install and generally inexpensive – and can put a fresh and modern spin on your cabinets and kitchen style.

Incorporate Plants Indoors and Out

Did you know that studies show that plants can reduce the feelings of anxiety and depression, can make you more productive and boost creativity, and also increase the air quality in your home? Adding plants to any space is a great way to give a room character while achieving some health benefits for the occupants! By breathing in this fresh air, you’ll naturally feel more relaxed and less stressed. And, your room will look more cozy too! If you’re a newbie, here’s a list of 12 beautiful flowers that are easy to grow!

Bring Out the Paint

Walls show signs of wear and tear over time. There are scratches from moving furniture, holes from hanging up paintings, and chipped paint from age. A fresh coat of paint easily and quickly updates the look and feel of a room.

Want to create instant curb appeal? Go ahead and freshen up the front door while you’re at it. As we all know, first impressions matter. Consider painting your front door with a bright, welcoming shade like blue, yellow, or red.

Make a Statement With Your Walls

A fresh coat of paint isn’t the only way to revive your walls. You can also create a statement wall by adding your favorite paint color or wallpaper pattern to a central wall in your room. Also, consider adding artwork by hanging a large painting, or create a sophisticated gallery wall with photos and art of varying sizes. This is a great opportunity to display photos from vacations and other memorable outings.

Add Warmth With Rugs

A great way to add warmth and charm to a space is with the addition of area rugs. Adding area rugs in the entryway and under tables can help anchor any room. Combining rugs, blankets, and pillows with complimenting colors and textures can help create a warm, cozy vibe and quickly refresh any room.  And the best part? Adding area rugs can also help cut heating costs in the winter months!

Create A Cozy Nook

A small, calming space can be just what you need to relax. In the corner of a room, set up a small table and comfy chair, and adorn them with a fuzzy blanket and comfortable pillows. Place a small bookshelf and a reading light to make the ideal reading nook, or a floor mat for the perfect spot to meditate. You’ll feel more at ease in no time.

Trust the Experts at The Massey Team

Not sure where to start? Trust the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties! We’ll help you find the home of your dreams and make positive changes. Give us a call at either (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 and learn more today.