Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips
Whether you’ve owned a pool for many years or just installed it, having a few swimming pool maintenance tips is helpful. There are many preventive steps you can take to avoid potential maintenance issues and keep your pool in good repair.
Protecting Your Pool’s Color
Protect your pool from turning green by removing debris from the pool every day. Use a large leaf net instead of a hand skimmer. It will stir up the water which allows debris at the bottom to surface.
Check pH Levels Regularly
There are two ways to check your pool’s pH: visit your local pool store for a professional test (which is usually free) or purchase inexpensive testing strips. Testing your pool chemicals often can prevent swimming pool maintenance issues resulting from corrosion or scaly water. And if your pH is low or high, you can add pH plus or minus to bring it back in balance. These same steps apply to hot tubs.
Shock Your Pool
Using shock chemicals on your pool kills bacteria and pool algae. How often you do this will depend on how often you use your pool. When getting your water tested, ask the pool technician for a recommendation. Some will need to do this weekly, while others can get away with once a month. You’ll also want to shock your pool if you notice issues with water clarity.
Run Your Filter Daily
Prevent potential swimming pool maintenance issues by running your pool filter daily. If you’re running your filter daily and keeping up with adding chemicals, you should have minimal maintenance issues. However, if you notice your pool’s color is cloudy or green despite regular maintenance, contact a pool technician to take a look. You might need a filter replacement or other minor repair.
Close Your Pool for the Winter
Depending on your area’s climate, you might need to close your pool for the winter months. Some professionals recommend draining the pool and weatherizing it to ensure pipes don’t freeze if you get snow and ice. You’ll also want to turn off the power breaker for the pool equipment. Depending on your pool type and climate, some pools are best left with some water in them over the winter and an appropriate level of chemicals and pool filtration. This often ends up being less expensive than refilling the pool in the spring.
Then, when you’re ready to open for the warmer months, you’ll need to empty water out of any tubes and unplug winterizing materials. Also, don’t forget to lubricate all bolts on diving boards, ladders and rails to provide additional protection. Turn on the power breaker and check the system for any leaks or maintenance issues. For example, check for proper water flow to ensure the filter is working correctly.