You own a swimming pool and let’s face it.
Most would agree that it is hard to rival the relaxation and fun a pool can bring. But, as with most things, taking care of a pool can require some regular care. So, where to start?
Well, get ready and grab your gigantic flamingo floaties. Read on to learn about five important swimming pool maintenance tips every pool owner should know.
Check Your Pool On a Regular Basis
Regular home maintenance includes making sure your pool is operating properly. Is the water level at the right spot in the middle of the pool tiles? Does the pump sound like it’s working at peak performance? And what about the pool water chemistry?
Check the chemistry on your pool — once or twice a week during the busier summer months and once every other week during the winter — to make sure your pool is operating with normal pH levels. If needed, make an adjustment with the chemicals you have on hand to make sure no scummy build-up is forming on your water line, and wipe down the waterline weekly.
Another regular check should be performed on the skimmer basket and the hair and lint pot. Make sure each of these is free of debris and clearly operating without any contaminants.
Maintenance Tips For the Pool Pump
Normally, a pump should run as the pool’s filtration system about 10 to 12 hours a day, and sometimes more in harsher climates. And finding an energy-efficient pool pump to filter your pool water can increase home value.
What if, on one of your regular inspections, you discover the pump is not working as it should? Find a replacement as soon as possible and install it to minimize further issues and avoid scum build-up.
Keep An Eye Out For Structural Damage
As time goes by, wear and tear can start to show up on your pool’s walls and tiles. So keep an eye out for things like rust, corrosion, or cracks.
Try to repair cracks yourself with some clear silicon first. But if the damage appears to be getting out of hand, call a professional.
Remove Debris From the Water
Aside from your filtration system, what else can you use to keep your pool clean? Use a basic skimming net to remove debris from the surface every week. This helps keep the water clear of any leaves or twigs that might have fallen in.
Many pool owners also invest in an automatic vacuum that takes care of any dirt or debris at the bottom. It benefits your filtration system and prevents you from having to buy replacement parts from your pump burning out.
Empty the Pool’s Water
No matter how diligent you are in maintaining the correct pH levels in the pool, over time the water will eventually need a new, fresh do-over. So plan on replacing the water in the pool every two or three years.
This will help minimize a build-up of unwanted guests like algae or bacteria and add to the lifespan of your pool. And given how much it costs to replace a pool, your bank account will thank you for it.
Keep Your Pool Sparkling
Summertime is always that much more enjoyable with a pool, and a clean one at that. Follow these maintenance tips and you will be able to enjoy many more summers to come.
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