Friday, March 18, 2016

Simple Ways to Take Care of Your Pool All Year Round

For many homeowners, getting a pool is a dream come true. The fun lessens when it’s time for pool maintenance. Pool maintenance can be done by an expert at a reasonable fee. But there are also some key steps you can take to keep your pool in perfect state throughout the year. We’ll go through some simple things you can do yourself to maintain your pool.

1.      Regular pool water testing
It’s important to test your pool water on a regular basis and make sure it’s safe for swimming. Ask your pool technician to show you how to monitor chlorine levels and pH balance so that you can do it on a regular basis.

2.      Proper treatment of the pool water
Treating your pool water helps to get rid of bacteria, viruses and algae that may be present in the water. Untreated pool water is not only a health risk but is also not aesthetically pleasing. Water can become cloudy when it’s contaminated and even affect the skin and eyes of swimmers.

3.      Cleaning the filter basket
Your pool’s filter basket is what gets rid of impurities like dirt and leaves in the water. You need to remove the filter cap at least once every week and make sure you’ve removed any debris underneath before replacing it. The filter system can be cleaned by a professional once a month. Mishandling the filter can cause mechanical issues so be extra careful when turning it on and off.

4.      Check the water level
The water level in your pool tends to fluctuate because of the weather or frequent usage. You want to make sure the water level is not too low or too high. If it’s too low, you can add more water using a garden hose. Whenever the water is in excess, you can drain it out using a submersible pump. Recheck the chemical composition whenever you add or reduce the pool water to ensure it’s not been thrown off balance.

5.      Power washing your pool deck
Keep the pool deck clean and shiny by pressure washing on a regular basis. The area that surrounds your pool needs to be kept clean and shiny. If you can’t handle power washing on your own, call in an expert to do it for you. Mishandling the equipment can cause gouging and create streaks on your pool deck.

6.      Winterize your pool to prevent damage
Pool care is just as important during the winter. Cover the cool completely and try to check the chlorine and pH levels at least every two weeks. Make sure you empty the skimmer basket when it’s full. Taking the right steps to winterize your pool can save you a lot of time and money.

7.      Find and repair leaks
Low water levels can be as a result of leaks in your pool. If you suspect that there are leaks in your pool, have a professional check it out and perform the necessary repairs. 

Posted By: Pool Tech

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