Everything You Need to Know About Swimming Pool Maintenance
Keeping the swimming pool clean, hygienic and well maintained does not have to be a burden. And because every pool is different, everyone’s maintenance needs are different. But one thing is for sure – the best results come from regular and routine maintenance. After all, that pristine looking swimming pool does not materialize by itself. Many things can be handled personally, but it’s important to know the difference between a do-it-yourself task and the work that should be handled by the professionals. The truth is, good balance between the two is the ideal.
On a daily basis, or every few days, it’s recommended that the pool surface be skimmed manually for floating debris like leaves or bugs. Beyond keeping the water clean, this will be preventive for the circulation system. Also important is to completely clean out the strainer baskets. Depending on the circumstances, these tasks can be handled with manual tools or with mechanical devices.
Every pool should be vacuumed on a weekly basis. This will keep the water clear and actually reduce the quantity of chemicals required. And while there are countless vacuum products on the market, it’s best to have a reliable pool retailer suggest a vacuum that would be most suitable for your pool and your needs. Checking and cleaning the filter(s) is also good when vacuuming.
Brushing the walls of the pool is also worthwhile – it will minimize buildup and deposits, and prevent longer-term accumulation. For this, the proper cleaning tools should be used (concrete, vinyl, or fiberglass will differ). Again, a good retailer will have the right tools, the right products and some good advice. Indeed, your pool contractor may have a retail outlet that you can visit.
Depending on the kind of pool filters installed, periodic maintenance is required, especially in situations where the pool is used frequently. This is a procedure that requires reference to the manufacturer’s maintenance specifications – doing it wrong can make things worse. For some, this task might be best handled by the experts who are proficient and skilled with the work.
Pool heaters, particularly of high quality, don’t require much maintenance. Whether it’s a gas unit or electric, this is a piece of specialized equipment that needs professional attention. In most cases, this is a one-time maintenance task, unless there are real problems, in which case repairs may be required. With a regular maintenance contract, the heater is usually on the checklist.
Checking water levels and maintaining the proper levels is basic, but important. Topping up with a conventional garden hose is ideal for this purpose. Testing pool water for pH is also very important, and can be done with a testing kit for a simple and routine water test. Some pool retailers offer a more comprehensive water test, which is recommended from time to time.
Winterizing the pool (depending on geographic location) is of utmost consequence. In locations where temperatures drop far below freezing, proper handling of residual water is vital. This is a project that’s best managed by the experts – they have the tools and equipment, and the experience to do a complete and comprehensive job, and even get things ready for the next year.
Like anything, proper maintenance, regular and ongoing, is key to the longevity of the pool.