1st Direct Announces Top Tips for Swimming Pool Maintenance

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Specialist 1st Direct offers owners some need-to-know advice to keep their swimming pools in excellent condition with a minimum of fuss.

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With the top tips we have outlined, a swimming pool or spa can be as idyllic as the day it was first installed with a minimum of fuss.

As one of the UK’s leading online suppliers of swimming pools (plus spas) and their related products, 1st Direct understand that busy people can sometimes get bewildered by the overload of information regarding keeping their pools healthy and sparkling.

For this reason, 1st Direct offers pool owners some top tips for easy maintenance:

Pool Cover Protection

A swimming pool or hot tub cover not only reduces the need for cleaning by preventing debris from entering the water when not in use, it is extremely useful in keeping the sun’s warmth locked in as well as preventing water evaporation. 1st Direct advises there are a number of models available to suit every budget, including security covers designed to withstand the weight of children or pets to guard against accidents.

Crucial Cleaning Aids

The skimmer basket is a simple way to remove debris such as leaves and insects without having to lift a finger, so owners of outdoor pools in particular should ensure it remains effective by being cleaned out weekly. 1st Direct further advise that the pool pump, which also gets clogged with debris, should be cleaned every few of weeks (the pump must be turned off while this is being done).


Another highly important element in keeping a pool healthy, the filters should be cleaned approximately every 4 to 6 months, or more if the pool is used very frequently. 1st Direct suggest one of the best ways to do this is to soak the dirty filters in a 10% solution of muriatic acid or a solution of TSP (trisodium phosphate) – the person should wear gloves and eye protection when working with acids, and remember to always add acid to water, not the other way around. A clear indication of when the filters need urgent attention is if the water loses its clarity.

Testing of Swimming Pool Chemicals

A further reason that can cause pool or spa water to become cloudy is incorrect sanitisation chemical levels. Using the standard testing kit, 1st Direct recommend owners check their pool chemistry 2-3 times per week during the summer and once per week in the winter, so that adjustments can be made before any problems escalate. 1st Direct summarise the ideal pool chemical levels:

  •     PH: 7.2 to 7.8
  •     Alkalinity: 80 to 120 ppm
  •     Chorine residual: 1.0 to 1.5 ppm
  •     Combined chlorine: 0 ppm
  •     Calcium Hardness: 250-450 ppm
  •     Cyanuric Acid or Conditioner: 30-50 ppm

Verdun Bailey, Director of 1st Direct, concluded: “We always advise swimming pool and spa owners that just a little bit of regular input is the way forward in preventing problems that can take a great deal of time, money and effort to sort out once they gain a foothold. With the top tips we have outlined, a swimming pool or spa can be as idyllic as the day it was first installed with a minimum of fuss.”

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