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Caring and Cleaning of your Gunite Pool: Best Practices

Our second most popular question we get (the most popular being “How do we get one of those beautiful gunite pools?”) is “what’s the best way to care for and clean my gunite pool?”

Cleaning and maintenance for any type of swimming pool is vital, but it is especially important with gunite pools. While Living Waters Gunite Pools & Spas can certainly handle any of your cleaning and maintenance for you, it’s helpful to refer to the below guide to help you understand what goes into caring for your gunite swimming pool. Adhering to these tips will help keep your pool clean as part of a regular maintenance schedule, allowing you to enjoy your backyard Cape Cod paradise for many years to come!


Gunite is a porous material, so it’s important to note that algae tend to breed quickly, which has the potential to mess up your Cape Cod pool’s water and make it unmanageable. To minimize that risk, making sure your pool’s sides are vacuumed and cleaned daily will help keep that gunite pool’s water fresh and clean.


Here are some gunite swimming pool maintenance tips to consider:


Cleaning of Debris

Before getting started into any major pool cleaning steps, it’s extremely vital to skim any debris and any other particles floating in your gunite pool. Some debris will float, while other types of debris will settle at the bottom of the swimming pool. Before doing anything else with your pool, make sure all debris is out first! Start by scrubbing the pool’s walls and the pool floor as well. Make sure that you use swimming pool manufacturer-recommended vacuums and cleaners (if you don’t know what they are, we can help provide this cleaning service for you).


Getting the Best Filter

A vital part of your gunite swimming pool maintenance is having a good quality filtration system. This will play a major role in keeping your water clear and clean. The role of the filter is to remove debris and harmful chemicals in the pool water. If your pool is older, or if you have a consistent issue with algae, that would be a sure sign that your filtration system needs upgrading.

You might also want to get your gunite inground pool inspected by our gunite swimming pool maintenance technicians. We’ll replace your filters or sand used in your equipment. It could be that a simple repair might be all your pool needs to greatly improve the quality of your pool’s water.


Chemical Balancing

If your pH level of your pool water is not adjusted correctly, the risk of a swimming getting skin rashes could be greater than normal.  An incorrect pH balance could also corrode pool equipment over time. An idea level of calcium hardness and alkalinity is what determines a well-balanced pool environment. Most pool balancers are available in the marketplace, just make sure to follow any instructions presented on pool balancing packs to make sure any chemical balancing is completed successfully.


Algae, Algae, Algae

If algae are left unchecked, a small colony can quickly turn into a large infestation. To prevent algae growth in your Cape Cod gunite pool, use algaecides properly. Make sure you add them to your swimming pool on a weekly basis to keep levels in control. If your pool does have algae, our expert Cape & Islands pool technicians can recommend products that will quickly get rid of algae. However, do note that adding algaecides to the water may leave your gunite pool as unusable for a few days.


Cape Cod Gunite Swimming Pool Maintenance: Conclusion

Gunite pool maintenance is a recurring task that gets more towards perfection with a bit of practice. The key is to follow steps accurately, and it’s extremely important to protect yourself while you’re cleaning your Cape Cod pool. Make sure that you are wearing protective clothing and gloves while using any tools or chemicals and be sure to follow all instructions provided with chemicals to the letter. Otherwise, not following instructions or failing to wear protective gear could be detrimental to the health of your swimming pool and the swimmers in it.

If the idea of cleaning, filtration, performing chemical balances and dealing with algae seems like a daunting task, worry not! That’s where our Living Waters Gunite Pools & Spas expert technicians can step in to take care of any of these items for you. We take the worry, stress, and effort away from you and provide you the utmost quality care so that you can sit back and enjoy that Cape Cod backyard pool paradise! Give us a call today at (774) 368-4221 for a free estimate!