"Empowering Women: How to Clean Your Own Swimming Pool with Confidence and Ease"

Mark Larm Nov 09, 2023
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Table of Contents
  1. “Understanding the Equipment”
  2. “Handling Chemicals”
  3. “Making Pool Cleaning Fun”

"Empowering Women: How to Clean Your Own Swimming Pool with Confidence and Ease"

As the summer months approach, many Stay-at-home moms and single mothers may feel intimidated by the task of cleaning their own swimming pool.  The thought of operating complex equipment and handling potentially dangerous chemicals can be overwhelming.  However, with the right training and guidance, cleaning your swimming pool can be an easy and even enjoyable experience.  In this blog, I will explain that you don’t have to be intimidated to clean your swimming pool anymore.  With my training, you will get familiar with the equipment and all the chemicals, and I will make it easy and fun.  Yes, I said fun!  This is accomplished by staying ahead of any problems and keeping your pool clean.  A clean pool is a happy pool.  Don’t click off before you get to the end, I have some gifts for you, just to say thanks. 

First and foremost, cleaning your own swimming pool can save you a significant amount of money that you could be spending on other things like “Electricity & Gas.”  Hiring a professional pool cleaning service can be expensive, and performing the task yourself can save you thousands of dollars in just a couple of years.  Take some of that money and buy a couple of new pool toys, that should make cleaning your pool just a little more funner

.  Additionally, when you clean your own pool, you have complete control over the cleaning process.  You can ensure that the pool is being cleaned to your standards and that all equipment and chemicals are being used properly.  

Taking charge of your pool is taking control over what goes into the water that your family along with those precious little babies of yours are swimming in.   When someone else is cleaning your pool, you don’t know if they are having some problems with water balance and fighting an algae problem.  What I mean is, they could be doing what most “Pool Pros” do when they see algae, add more chlorine instead of analyzing the water chemistry and fixing the problem.  With my system, you can keep your chlorine level from .5 to 2ppm and they may have it up to 10ppm.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my kids swimming in a pool full of poison.  Here is your first “Hack” for keeping chlorine levels down, Enzymes.  Enzymes eat the organic material leaving sanitization up to the chlorine.  Now that the chlorine isn’t trying to kill organics first it easily does the sanitization that it is good at with half the amount.  That’s another big saving for you. I’ll give you a coupon code for 15% off of my favorite enzymes at the bottom.  

  “Getting Started”

Getting started with pool cleaning can seem daunting, but with a few basic steps, you can become a pro in no time.  First, gather all necessary equipment, such as a pool vacuum (and hose), skimmer net, pool brush, and a test kit (test strips are easiest to learn, keep them out of the sun).  It is also important to take basic safety precautions, such as wearing gloves and eye protection.  Next, familiarize yourself with the pool cleaning process, which typically involves skimming (netting the leaves) off the water's surface, brushing down the sides of the pool, vacuuming any debris, and emptying the skimmer and pump baskets.

“Understanding the Equipment”

Understanding the equipment is key to successfully cleaning your pool.  There are various types of pool learners, such as suction cleaners that work whenever the pool is running and robotic cleaners (plug-in with an electric cord or rechargeable) and it’s important to choose the right one for your pool’s needs.  I recommend Hayward's “The Pool Cleaner” due to its affordability and durability and its ability to clean up larger debris than most cleaners.    Check out a link to a video of it at “The Pool Cleaner” and you can find it under the pool equipment header on this website.  

Additionally, it’s important to understand the pool pump and filter, as these are essential components of the pool’s cleaning system.  By properly maintaining your equipment, you can prolong its lifespan and keep your pool running smoothly.

Let’s assume your equipment is like this, a pump and filter.  You see the smaller piece of equipment, that is the pump and the lid on top comes off (when the pump is off) and there is a leaf basket inside it that you need to empty regularly, more often in windy or stormy conditions when your list likely to want to do it.  To make things easy, if your pump lid sticks then get a rubber mallet from the Dollar Store and just leave it out by the pump so it is handy. 

The bigger tank-like piece of equipment is the filter, which can make your pool cloudy and grow algae.  If this isn’t cleaned regularly and gets clogged then you will be using two to three times the amount of chlorine that you normally use, which should be a sign to you to clean it.  On the top is a pressure gauge and you will need to mark it with a sharpie when the filter is cleaned so you can see if the pressure goes up.  People often say to clean the filter when the pressure goes up 10psi on the gauge, once again, you will be adding at least twice the amount of chlorine that the pool will need when it has a clean filter.  While you are getting used to all this I recommend calling a few pool companies to see if they will clean your filter and put it on a cleaning schedule for you.  Some smaller companies focus on just cleaning filters and repairs.  It is always nice to have someone you can trust to call if something ever breaks down.  However, when you are ready to tackle this job on your own just let me know and I’ll send you some “How to Videos” on cleaning your filter.  

“Handling Chemicals”   

  Handling chemicals may be the most intimidating part of cleaning your pool, but it doesn’t have to be. There are various types of pool chemicals, each serving a specific purpose, such as sanitizing the water and balancing pH levels.  Understanding water chemistry is important in keeping your pool safe and enjoyable to swim in.  By properly balancing pool chemicals, you can prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and keep the water crystal clear.  Here is a chart of what water chemistry should be kept at.

         Ideal Water Chemistry Ranges:

  • pH: 7.2 to 7.8

  • Free Chlorine: 1.0 to 3.0 ppm

  • Total Alkalinity: 80 to 120 ppm

  • Calcium Hardness: 200 to 400 ppm

Here is a link to a blog that goes deep into adding chemicals. 

Here is a link to a YouTube video where I show you a simple way to get a rough estimate of how many gallons of water your pool has in it https://youtu.be/_ioyXFuSq-A This is for those of you whose pool has old plaster, or you just don’t want to become a scientist about it.

And here is a link to a professional Pool Volume Calculator for those of you who have already taken it to the next level. 

“Making Pool Cleaning Fun”

To make pool cleaning a fun and easy experience, consider planning a cleaning schedule and making it a family activity.  Get the kids out there while they’re young so they enjoy it in the future.  I had my son working with me every summer since he was just a little guy.  I’d give him a small pole with a brush on it and let him brush the steps and I would give him a quarter.  Next year he could brush down the whole tile line and I would give him fifty cents or a dollar a pool.  You can also listen to music or podcasts while cleaning to make the time go by faster.  Here is a link to a video I made showing an exercise routine I made up to get some exercise while netting and brushing the pool. Pool Exercises.  

Additionally, troubleshooting common pool problems, such as cloudy water or algae growth, can be empowering and rewarding when you can solve the issue yourself.  I mean, what’s next, fixing that leaky faucet?  

To make life easy and pool cleaning fun I recommend getting a PoolRx when you’re just starting out.  That and a little chlorine on a regular schedule and you are guaranteed not to get any algae.  Then as you gain confidence you can move away from ever needing algicides again.

In conclusion, cleaning your own swimming pool may seem intimidating at first, but with the right training and guidance, it can be an easy and even enjoyable experience.  By cleaning your pool, you can save money, have complete control over the cleaning process, and become familiar with the equipment and chemicals.  With a little practice and confidence, you’ll be able to enjoy a sparkling clean pool all summer long.

As I promised you, here is a free eBook that will take you to the next level in your pool-cleaning journey  Consumer’s Guide for Swimming Pool Owners 

Here is your enzyme coupon link Enzymes (remember to add your code “15off” at checkout to save 15%) FYI, it is a little more expensive than the others, but you will use so much less than those other brands and make up the cost with the savings on chlorine.

I do offer a 1-month complete training course if you need someone to walk you through the process.  If you order the eBook, you will get a few emails explaining what it offers in more detail.

Don’t forget to cruise around the website for all your pool care needs.  Each page gives you links to products that I recommend and still use in my business, so you know you are only getting quality products the first time.  

Thanks again and have a Blessed Day. 

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Table of Contents
  1. “Understanding the Equipment”
  2. “Handling Chemicals”
  3. “Making Pool Cleaning Fun”