Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Fibreglass Swimming Pools

If your aim is to spend more time enjoying your pool and less time cleaning and repairing it, a fibreglass swimming pool is a great option for you. These swimming pools are quickly installed (in a few days in fact) and the smooth surface makes it fairly easy to clean. In fact, fibreglass pools are often chosen because they require less in terms of maintenance and upkeep than vinyl and concrete pools.

If you have just invested in a fibreglass pool, or you are thinking about it, here are a few tips to help you clean and maintain it with the least effort involved. Of course, you can always hire a maintenance and cleaning team if you want to, but if you do not have the extra cash to fork out, you really do not have to.

One of the first things we recommend is a pool cover. It can go a long way in saving you a lot of effort. Simply cover the pool when it is not in use, and you will find that it does not fall victim to pesky leaves and dirt when it gets a bit windy or rains.

Luckily, the surface of a fibreglass pool is nonporous and smooth, which means it is not the ideal home for algae. It will not require much brushing, but you should still brush it every so often. Pay special attention to the stairs and corners. If algae is going to settle and grow anywhere, it is there. If you do happen to have some algae growth, it is perfectly safe to use a mild shock treatment in your fibreglass swimming pool.

Unfortunately, all swimming pools act like a magnet to bugs, twigs, leaves, and other garden debris. Invest in a pool net to scoop out any unwanted and unsightly floaters. If you have dirt that is on the bottom of the pool, you simply need to put your Kreepy Krauly to work.

Check the Acidity and PH Levels

All swimming pools should have their PH levels checked on a regular basis. A chemistry test will check the chlorine, PH, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, and cyanuric acid content. Because a fibreglass pool has an inert surface, the water chemistry generally requires less adjustment. You can buy a pool chemistry test at local pool shops.

Running the Filter System

You do not need to run your pool filter system and Kreepy Krauly constantly. This will merely guzzle electricity, and it is bound to be able to do everything it needs to in far less time. Think of installing a timer on your pool pump, so that it automatically turns on the vacuum and gets to work each day without inconveniencing you in the least. Generally speaking, fiberglass swimming pools only need to be run once a day.

A quick and easy way to work out how long you need to run the filter system is as follows: pool volume ÷ filtration rate = number of hours to run the filter.

Of course, this is only an estimation, as weather conditions often play a role in how long the filter system needs to be used.

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If you want to get the most enjoyment out of your fibreglass pool, it is best to keep up general maintenance from day one. When we supply and install swimming pools, we always spend a bit of time explaining how the pool works best and what effort is required to maintain it. If you have any questions regarding your fibreglass pool, or if you are interested in installing one, simply contact us via email or telephone at SA Pools today.