Extending the Life of Your Pool  

by Pool Builders on 12-07-2010 in Articles

Just like everything else that we own, a swimming pool goes through normal wear and tear and eventually breaks down. With proper maintenance we are able to keep a swimming pool in service for many years, adding a part here, repairing damage there, and replacing worn out pieces as needed. There are, a few simple changes you can make that will save on costly parts and repairs, and extend the life of your pool.

Maintaining pH Balance
A lot of the damage done to filter parts, tiles, grout, and plumbing is indirectly caused by an improper pH level. When your pool water is too acidic, it will actually begin to erode pipes and filter parts; grout between the tiles will be corroded, and concrete will be etched away. Too alkaline a situation which means more solids that cannot dissolve. You will end up with scaling on the sides of your pool, pipes and parts getting clogged with calcium, and your chlorine won't be nearly as effective as it should be, so you will end up with algae too.

The Constant Battle
Your pool water's chemistry is not only affected by the chemicals you add. Sunshine, temperature, wind and bather use can all change it. Other than making sure the people that use your pool bathe before getting in, removing any dirt and oil, there is little you can do about the others. The easiest way to make sure that your pools chemistry stays as stable as possible is to use self regulating systems.

Automatic Cleaners
Using a vacuum that runs continuously with your filter will help keep debris from sitting in your pool that may stain, or even eat away at the paint.

Instead of trying to manually determine the chlorine needs of your pool, a saline system will automatically keep your pool with just the right amount of it. There will be very little, if any, algae growth eating away at your pool walls.

Using an automatic CO2 system to keep your pH in balance will help with any calcium build up, and will keep your pool water from eating your filter parts.
Science has shown new ways to keep your pool safe for swimmers, and at the same time protect the pool too. A few simple changes will keep your pool in good condition for a much longer amount of time.

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