4 Maintenance Tips for First Time Pool Owners

by Pool Builders on 12-27-2013 in Articles

Keeping your first pool in good condition can be a bit of a challenge. There are a lot of things to keep in mind. Some of these things are important to keep the pool clean and safe, while others are essential for the pool to continue functioning well mechanically.

Here are seven of the most important maintenance steps to pay attention to with your new pool.

Skimming: The First Line of Defense

Get in the habit of skimming the top of your swimming pool regularly. Pull out leaves, dead bugs, soil and any other debris that happens to land in your pool. These objects will float on the surface for a short period of time, after which they'll sink to the bottom of the pool. Once they sink, they become a lot more difficult to remove. Getting in the habit of skimming your pool can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Get to Know Your Filters

There are three main types of pool filters: diatomaceous earth, sand and cartridge. Each of these filters needs to be maintained differently. Read the manual and figure out how often your filter(s) need to be changed. Don't change them too often (this can be detrimental to the filter) and don't change them too late either. Look in your manual for the difference in PSI pressure before you need to change the filter.

Check Water Levels at Least Once a Month

Get in the habit of checking your water level. Pools constantly lose water to splashing or to evaporation. While new pool owners often think water level is mostly aesthetic, it's actually much more than that. If your water level ever falls below your skimmer, it could actually cause mechanical harm to your pump. So get in the habit of monitoring your water level. If your water level's too low, the fix is as simple as adding more water with a hose.

Getting Rid of the Chlorine Smell

A slight smell of chlorine is to be expected with any pool. Yet, if the smell starts to get unbearable, or if it seems stronger than it should naturally be, then you may chloramine issue. Chloramines are compounds that form from chlorine and its interaction with common particles like nitrogen. Chloramines give off a much stronger smell than chlorine does. If your pool starts to smell very strongly like chlorine, it's probably due to chloramines.

So, what's the solution? Surprisingly, the answer is that you need to dump a whole lot more chlorine into the pool for a short period of time. This helps break down chloramine particles, driving away the smell. You can then return the pool to normal chlorine levels. Check your manual on instructions on how and how often to do this.

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