Pool Care Maintenance & Water Testing Tips

Pool August 13th, 2020
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Whether you’re the lucky owner of a pool or looking to have one installed, you understand it takes a lot of care and maintenance to keep it up and running. 

Here are some tips and tricks for taking care of your pool throughout the summer. 

Skim frequently. Depending on the weather and the type of greenery surrounding your yard, leaves and other debris will gather on your pool’s surface. Make skimming your pool a daily habit. Skimming can help prevent build-up in your pool’s pump and filter, allowing the equipment to last longer. Plus, a pool full of clear water is more appealing to jump into! 

Brush weekly. Algae and other debris can gather on the walls of your pool, slides, ladders, and stairs. To prevent excessive build-up, plan to brush your pool once a week. Brushing can prevent the spread of algae in your pool and ultimately help your pump run better. 

Vacuum weekly, too. Like brushing, a weekly vacuum can do wonders for your pool. Once you’ve cleaned your pool’s steps, slides, and sides, use a vacuum to collect all of the debris. If you don’t have the time to vacuum the pool yourself, invest in an automatic one. There are three types to choose from: robotic, pressure, and suction. No matter which one you choose, all you have to do is turn it on, sit back, and relax.

Invest in a good pump. Without the right pump, your pool water won’t circulate properly, and the chemicals that keep your pool safe won’t work effectively. Ensure your pool pump is in good working order by conducting weekly checks. Also, it’s essential to make sure your pump is running for an extended period of time (usually 10+ hours) daily. Running the pump allows your pool chemicals to do their job and keep your water safe for swimming. 

Keep your filter clear. Leaves, debris, and even pool toys can quickly clog up your filter. Make checking your pool filter a daily habit to prevent debris build-up. Doing so will also ensure your pool pump is running at full capacity. 

Test your water regularly. To prevent your pool water from becoming murky and unhealthy, you should test it a couple of times per week. There are at-home liquid kits as well as testing strips that you can use to perform these tests. You’ll measure your pool’s pH and chlorine levels so you can adjust your chemistry accordingly. The ideal range for pH levels is 7.2-7.6 and chlorine is 1-4 ppm.

Maintain your equipment. If your equipment is failing, you won’t be able to maintain your pool, which can result in unsafe swimming conditions. Our technicians are certified and trained in all aspects of pool maintenance. Contact us today to learn more about our pool maintenance services

Keep your pool up and running with these tips.