Finally having a beautiful swimming pool in your backyard is a big accomplishment for many homeowners. While a pool can offer a lot of enjoyment to your friends and family, it does require a decent amount of upkeep. It takes work and dedication to ensure your pool stays in great condition throughout the summer and the rest of the year.
Here are some of the top maintenance tips every pool owner should know!
Check the Water Quality
The first thing you’ll need to remember when maintaining your pool is to ensure that you’re testing the water quality often and adding the right chemicals to the water. It is important always to keep the chlorine levels consistent. Adding chemicals to your swimming pool is one of the most important things you can do to maintain it. A pool without the right chemical balance can harbor bacteria, look murky, and be dangerous to swim in.
Water quality should be checked at least once weekly during the summer, but even more often if possible. Remember that the pH should always stay between 7.4 and 7.6. An off-balance pH may lead to calcium buildup around the sides of your pool and other problems, so you must be maintaining it well.
Clean Filter and Collection Pots
While you won’t need to clean the filter as often as you check the chemicals, it’s still important to ensure your pool is looking good and working as it should be. Depending on the conditions of your pool and the weather, you’ll want to clean the filter out every 3-6 months. It’s also a good idea to check the filter after a heavy storm!
Aside from the pool filter, you’ll also want to check your pool’s other various baskets and collection pots. Clean the hair and lint pot on your pool’s pump. The hair and lint pot is inside your pool’s pump within the clear glass. To do this, you’ll want to turn off the pump and then release the system pressure. This cleaning should be done every two weeks, but you may want to check it more often if necessary.
Vacuum Your Pool
Vacuuming your swimming pool is a great way to keep your pool clean and free of dirt and debris. You’ll spend less time fighting algae, the pool water will stay balanced, and the chemicals will work more efficiently.
Fall is an important time to remain vigilant as leaves begin to drop if you live in an area where you can operate a pool year-round.
Check Water Levels
To keep your pool in great shape, check the water level. A water level that is too low can create problems in the pump and cause it to run dry or burn up. Water levels that are too high can also be a problem. High water levels can cause the skimmer door not to work as it should.
Water level changes are expected from time to time, particularly after a heavy storm or a lot of pool usage, so it’s important to be vigilant. Ensure the water level remains at the halfway point of your pool skimmer.
Get Your Pool Professionally Serviced
While you can do a lot on your own to ensure that your pool is maintained well, your pool will inevitably need servicing or repairs from time to time. It’s a good idea to get at least one professional servicing for your pool every year to ensure it remains in good shape.
At VistaPro Landscape & Design, we are professionally equipped to handle all swimming pool rehab and renovation troubles that might come your way. Our experts are well-versed in all aspects of pool repair, and we rely only on the most experienced and knowledgeable contractors to ensure that your pool system gets the precise attention it needs.