If you own a swimming pool many people struggle with deciding to take care of it themselves or hire a reputable weekly service and repair company to come in once a week to take care of it for them. The bottom line is, if you do own a pool, there are numerous benefits that can be enjoyed. Simply put, whether you are exercising or lounging in the pool, having one is a luxury but it is only a luxury if you know how to keep it clean. Ultimately, the key to enjoying your swimming pool is being able to use it when you want, so we decided to write this blog post because even when you have a company take care of your swimming pool it is extremely important to understand how to take care of it as well because issues can arise on days we are not there. By understanding some of these, you can inform us when something is wrong.
Typically, most people think brushing down the sides and steps, skimming and keeping proper chemistry is enough but it goes far beyond that. Swimming pools should be maintained at least once a week to keep them clean but depending on the time of year and weather conditions sometimes maintenance will need to occur more than that. On a weekly basis, the water tile line and sides of the swimming pool should be brushed to prevent the buildup of dirt and staining of the liner. Debris should also be skimmed out of the swimming pool as soon as possible as it can cause changes to the chemistry in the swimming pool and could cause excess use of chlorine or an increase in phosphates depending on what type of vegetation you have your backyard. On days where there are storms, please try and empty out the skimmer basket as soon as possible to allow proper water flow into the filter. If the debris prevents water from moving into the filter, the pump could lose prime and burn up without water!
Another major benefit to keeping your swimming pool clean is having an automatic swimming pool cleaner. Pool cleaners can remove debris from the bottom of the swimming pool and drastically reduce the amount of work that you need to do. Regularly check all equipment for leaks because this can not only waste water but it can also cause poor filtration which can lead to inadequate movement of water and the possibility of algae growth in your swimming pool. Typically it’s recommended to filter your swimming pool for 4-6 hours during the winter time and anywhere from 8-12 hours during the summer time (depending on the size of your swimming pool) to keep the adequate movement of water.
in addition to all of all this, keeping adequate amounts of chlorine in the swimming pool, monitoring your pH and keeping your CYA levels within a normal range is also essential for keeping your swimming pool clean and the water clear and free of contaminants. Depending on where you live, you are also going to need to consider calcium hardness and total dissolved solids (TDS) as well. Las Vegas is a prime area for high calcium levels coming out of your tap water. If you have the ability to have your water tested, it should be changed out when calcium levels climb above 600 parts per million (ppm) and when TDS levels are above 3,000 ppm. This can prevent calcium and other hardness minerals from scaling the tile, the liner of your swimming pool, filtration equipment and causing other chemistry issues as well.
Hiring a reputable weekly service and maintenance company will alleviate a lot of the stress there is in taking care of a swimming pool. If you are in the market for one, contact us today for a free estimate on weekly service. Our Commitment To Honesty, can’t be beaten!