(WKOW) -- Thursday is shaping up to be another. According to statistics, nearly nine million Americans use backyard swimming pools as the centerpiece of their summertime fun. However, sickly green water that burns your eyes is no fun at all. You can save time, trouble and expense maintaining your pool properly, so the cannon balls can keep coming all summer long.
The key to making sure your pool is ready when you are is maintaining your chemical levels. "Customers don't realize how important the PH is, your alkalinity, and your chlorine levels in your swimming pool for your sanitizers because chlorine will not work properly unless the PH is right between a 7-2 and 7-6," says pool cleaner, Elden Foltz.
Pool owner, John Willey, maintains his own pool, but says it can be complicated and costly if you don't take the time to educate yourself. "I would certainly recommend taking a class, making sure that you understand the functionality of not only the equipment, but more importantly the chemical and the chemical balance of the pool and how it should be maintained on a regular basis," says Willey.
Regular chores include skimming daily, vacuuming weekly and scrubbing down the walls as often as needed. "It's very important to brush your swimming pool. It helps prevent any problems, especially algae that's growing on the walls. You can get it before it actually goes on there," says Foltz.
Covering the pool is also a great idea, especially if you have small children or pets.
"Many people think about their pool cover as a safety issue, but it can actually help you maintain your pool better. By keeping your pool covered, it can keep your pool temperature from dropping at night. Additionally, it can reduce the evaporation from the pool, which can extend the life of the chemicals," Angie Hicks, Angie's List Founder.
There are different types of pool covers, so Angie says to research the options before you buy. If you hire a pool service for regular maintenance, she recommends getting a detailed list of services performed and chemicals added on each visit, so you know exactly how it's being maintained.