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Three tips for a cleaner pool

Having a pool at home can seem like a really awesome thing, but if its not cared for properly it can turn into a nuisance. There are a few small things that you can do on a weekly basis that will keep your pool clean and fun to play in. But keeping it clean can be very time consuming and physically taxing.

In movies you always see the pool boy skimming the top of the water of a pool with a long pole with a net on the end. What this does is it catches all the leaves and other stuff floating in the water. You will want to do this fairly often because when you leave stuff floating in the pool they will sink and then become close to impossible to get out and wreak havoc on your circulation system.

In addition to build up of leaves or branches from trees around the pool there will also be build up of chemicals that will make the water not be clear. To get rid of the chemical build up you are going to want to vacuum the pool. Whenever you vacuum make sure that your check the filters and clean them if you have to, for a clean pool you should vacuum once a week.

Once you have skimmed and vacuumed you are almost done! To make sure that you don't get algae build up you want to scrub the sides and floor of the pool. What you use to scrub the pool is dependent on what your pool is made out of. If the walls are plaster lined concrete you will want to use a stiff brush while for fiberglass you will want to use a softer brush so you don't ruin the walls.

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