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Fibreglass Swimming Pools: Cleaning And Maintaining Tips

If you are looking to spend more time enjoying your swimming pool and less time cleaning or repairing it, a fibreglass swimming pool is the way to go. These swimming pools make for a great option with quick installation, likely in a matter of days, and a smooth surface that makes it fairly easy to clean and maintain seamlessly.

In fact, fibreglass swimming pools are often chosen because they require less across the board, in terms of maintenance and upkeep than their vinyl and concrete counterparts.

If you have just invested in a fibreglass pool or you are thinking about taking the plunge to do so, here are a few tips to help you clean and maintain it with the least effort required. Of course, you can always hire a maintenance and cleaning team if you want to, but if you do not have the extra cash to fork out, it is not necessary to do so.

Effortless Upkeep: Where To Start

One of the first things we recommend is investing in a durable and reliable pool cover. It can go a long way in saving you a lot of effort when it comes to cleaning your pool. Simply cover the pool when it is not in use, resulting in fewer leaves and less dirt that can accumulate when the swimming pool becomes subject to wind or rain.

Luckily, the surface of a fibreglass pool is nonporous and smooth, which makes it an unideal breeding ground for algae. It will not require much brushing, but you should still brush it occasionally to keep the surface clear. Pay special attention to the stairs and corners, as this is typically where buildup can occur. If algae is going to settle and grow anywhere, it is there. If you do happen to have some algae growth, it is perfectly safe to use a mild shock treatment in your fibreglass swimming pool.

Unfortunately, all swimming pools act like a magnet to bugs, twigs, leaves, and other garden debris. Invest in a pool net to scoop out any unwanted and unsightly floaters. If you have dirt that is on the bottom of the pool, you simply need to put your Kreepy Krauly to work.

Discover the Ease of Maintaining Your Fibreglass Swimming Pool

At SA Pools, we understand that your fibreglass swimming pool is much more than just a luxurious addition to your property. Helping you create your ideal sanctuary for relaxation and enjoyment, a swimming pool can transform the outdoor space it comes into.

With its smooth and durable surface, a fibreglass pool offers unparalleled beauty and comfort. To ensure that your pool remains a sparkling oasis for years to come, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide of tips for cleaning and maintaining your fibreglass swimming pool.

Cleaning 101: How To Maintain With Ease

Keep Things Regular

Regularly try to skim the surface of your pool using a skimmer or net to remove debris, leaves, and insects that may be floating on the pool surface. This simple step can help prevent larger debris from sinking to the bottom, in turn minimising the workload for your pool’s filtration system.

Believe it or not, the regular use of your pool can also help keep it clean. The movement of the water and chemicals from swimmers can prevent the buildup of algae and bacteria, in turn keeping it clean with minimal effort.

Brush the Walls & Floor

Ensure that a soft-bristle pool brush is used to gently scrub both the walls and floor of your fibreglass pool. This removes any algae, dirt, or grime that may accumulate over time, settling on these surfaces. Regular brushing not only keeps your pool looking clean but also prevents the growth of algae and other microorganisms.

Also, ensure that not only the right cleaning tools are used but also any abrasive tools or harsh chemicals. These can simply just result in damage being caused to the smooth surface of your fibreglass pool. Instead, opt for pool-friendly cleaning products and non-abrasive brushes to maintain the integrity and beauty of your backyard pool.

Stains can occasionally occur on the surface of your fibreglass pool, and these need to be addressed rather promptly. By using appropriate stain removers or techniques recommended by professionals, you can ensure these stains do not cause long-term alterations to the pool surface. As emphasised, make sure to avoid using abrasive scrubbing tools that could scratch the surface when doing so.

Maintain Landscaping & Water Chemistry

Make sure to keep the surrounding landscaping of the pool area in check by trimming any trees and plants around the pool to minimise debris falling into the water. This can reduce the need for frequent skimming and cleaning, making maintenance more straightforward in the long run.

All swimming pools should have their PH levels checked on a regular basis. Maintaining proper water chemistry is also crucial for the longevity of your fibreglass pool and the comfort of swimmers. Ensure to regularly conduct a chemistry test to balance the pool’s chlorine levels, pH levels, calcium hardness, cyanuric acid content, and overall alkalinity. Imbalanced water can lead to staining, scaling, and discomfort, affecting the appearance and enjoyment of your swimming pool.

Because fibreglass pools have an inert surface, the water chemistry generally requires less adjustment. You can buy a pool chemistry test at local pool shops, making it an accessible option to do yourself at home.

Running the Filter System

Make sure to regularly clean or backwash your pool’s filter to ensure it is functioning optimally. A clean filter helps keep the water clear and reduces strain on your pool’s circulation system. Despite popular belief, you do not actually need to run your pool filter system and Kreepy Krauly constantly. This will merely guzzle electricity, and it is bound to be able to do everything it needs to in far less time.

As an alternative, consider installing a timer on your pool pump, ensuring that it automatically turns on the vacuum and gets to work each day without inconveniencing you in the slightest. Generally speaking, fibreglass swimming pools only need to be run once a day.

A quick and easy way to work out how long you need to run the filter system is as follows: pool volume ÷ filtration rate = number of hours to run the filter. Of course, this is only an estimation, as weather conditions often play a role in how long the filter system needs to be used.

Schedule Professional Inspections

At SA Pools, we’re not only passionate about designing and building exceptional swimming pools, but we’re also dedicated to ensuring your pool remains a source of joy and relaxation. If you have any questions or need further guidance on cleaning and maintaining your fibreglass pool, don’t hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable team. Your satisfaction is our priority, and we’re here to assist you every step of the way.

By enlisting expert pool maintenance services such as that offered by SA Pools, you make your routine maintenance and cleaning much easier. Professional routine check-ups can help ensure any potential issues are identified and addressed before they can escalate, ensuring your fibreglass pool remains in top condition.

Get More Advice at SA Pools

If you want to get the most enjoyment out of your fibreglass pool, it is best to keep up general maintenance from day one. When we supply and install swimming pools, we always spend a bit of time explaining how the pool works best and what effort is required to maintain it.

If you have any questions regarding your fibreglass pool, or if you are interested in installing one, simply contact us to get the process started today. Alternatively, explore our website for more information or inspiration for your next pool build.