Pool Maintenance Tips
04/22/2015 | Categories: Pool Maintenance Tips
Pool Maintenance Tips | Sunshine Fun
Owning a swimming pool can be fun. A pool makes your outdoor barbeques and events more memorable and can make your house the centerpiece of the neighborhood. But maintaining a pool can be quite time consuming. Whether you decide to do the work yourself or hire a pool maintenance service, you should know these ten tips to make sure that your pool stays in top shape for as long as possible.
- Always inspect the areas between the deck and the pool to see if water is leaking into deck areas that could get water damage. If you have tile, check the areas to see if cracks in the grout are developing. Use calking to seal small cracks and make sure you are using waterproofing on your deck.
- Clean your filters every 3 months to keep hair and other solid debris from clogging them. This keeps your filters working at peak condition and keeps your pool water looking clean.
- If you are using chemicals yourself, you need to keep them out of direct sunlight. Many of the chemicals degrade with prolonged exposure and will not perform as you expect.
- Make sure you clean the surface of the pool often using a leaf basket or net. This removes the leaves, bugs and other debris that would otherwise end up in the filter.
- If you choose to maintain the pump, do so only with recommended factory maintenance guides or void warranties. Otherwise, this would be good to leave to a professional.
- Check Ph levels (7.2-7.6 ) twice a week to maintain proper alkalinity of the water. This is where the chlorine tablets come in handy.
- Inspect pool structure monthly. Hairline cracks in plastic can be normal movement. Large cracks contact a professional.
- Before using a pool after winter ends, be sure to shock the pool to kill any algae growth. This will also need to be done weekly to keep algae growth away.
- Inspect any ladders or rails attached to the pool for rust or other damage to ensure their proper function.
- Have fun with your pool. I know this seems a bit off here but always remember that your pool will give you a lifetime of enjoyment so make sure to take advantage of it.