6 Tips to Keeping Your Pool Looking its Best

Your swimming pool says a lot about you. If you maintain it and it looks amazing, it will reflect well on your hard working style. Be proud of your pool and maintain its appearance. After all, it is a complement to your overall yard, landscape, and home. Letting it go not only shows others that you don't care, but it also can depreciate your home's value over time. From having the stone resealed in the pool area to simply keeping bugs and leaves out of the water, you can make your pool the envy of the neighborhood. Here are some tips to ensuring your pool looks its best.

Regular Cleaning

The surrounding areas of your pool are certainly important, but if the water itself isn't crystal clear, inviting and refreshing, what's the sense in having a pool if no one wants to dip their toes in it? This is where most of your hard work and diligence will come in, at least in terms of daily or weekly work. You'll need to skim the surface of the water once a day in the summer to remove any debris floating on top, such as leaves and bugs. Make sure to deposit the waste far from the pool so it doesn't blow back in.

Trimming the Trees

Skimming debris from the water daily is an effort in futility when you have overhanging trees and overgrown bushes around the pool area. To save yourself some work, trim any bushes or blooming shrubs and trees nearby so that leaves, pollen, acorns, pine needles, and blossoms don't land in the pool.

Vacuuming

On average, it should take about a half hour to complete a good vacuuming of your in ground pool. If you see a floating hose, you might have a hole in the line or a decrease in suction from a full filter. Brush off algae from the sides of the pool with a nylon brush attached to the vacuum pole.

Adjusting Chemicals

Nothing is worse than letting green water drive everyone away from your pool during a summer heat wave. Get that water under control by adding or adjusting the chemicals. You'll need to test and correct the chemistry of your pool each week to stay on top of it. Adjust the pH first, adding muriatic acid above a level of 7.6 or soda ash if the level is under 7.4. In addition, you'll need to shock the water by adding chlorine or an alkalinity increaser. Dissolve these components in a bucket with water first, and then add it to the pool.

Sealing and Coating your Stone Pool Area

Putting forth a beautiful stone pool and patio area doesn't stop at installation. You have to maintain it to keep it looking good but also to protect it from the elements. Any surface, from stamped concrete to stone, will show signs of wear and tear over time, especially if you live in a climate that sees extreme temperature changes from summer to winter, like New England. To guard against fading, staining, cracks, and bulges, you'll need to apply sealant to the surface on a regular basis, advises home improvement expert Bob Vila. Porous stones can absorb liquids such as spilled drinks, sodas, and even blood very quickly, making them particularly susceptible to staining.

Landscaping

You can have the prettiest pool on the block, but without complementary landscape work, it will look lonely and boring. Spruce up your backyard pool with a garden area, perhaps a trickling water feature such as a fountain, a decorative bench, and even a pergola with vines running up the sides. Better Homes and Gardens recommends placing a small planting pocket garden near the pool, perhaps in a quaint corner as a way to provide a pop of color to your outside space.

This article was written by Jared Miert, farther and home handyman.  If your pool area is not looking its best, he recommends considering stone restoration as an affordable way to bring it back to life.