Five pool maintenance tips   

by Pool Builders on 01-03-2012 in Articles

Proper pool maintenance is essential to keeping a healthy pool, but there are certain steps to maintenance that not all pool owners know. Check out these pool maintenance tricks and tips.

1. Add pool chemicals at night. If you add pool chemicals during the day, then much of the chemical could be lost to the UV rays in sunlight, especially chlorine. Additionally, waiting until nighttime to add chemicals to the pool can mean that the pool will be safe for swimming in the morning. This way you won't have to deal with holding back antsy swimmers. Test your pool to know when it is safe for swimming.

2. Maintain proper water level. This is an important aspect to maintaining balance in your pool. If the water level is too high, then the skimmer is blocked and cannot skim debris from the surface of the pool. If the water level is too low, then air is sucked in instead, which can damage the pool's equipment. Water level should be kept at one-third to one-half of the opening of the skimmer.

3. Winterize and re-open your pool effectively. There are many things to remember about winterizing and re-opening a pool. The key to winterizing your pool is to make sure it is as clean as possible before shutting it down for winter, disconnecting all of the electrical equipment, and making sure equipment is drained of water if there is a chance it could be damaged by water freezing inside of it. When re-opening a pool, super-shock it and make sure it is returned to chemical balance before letting swimmers back in. Properly winterizing and re-opening ensures that you don't run into problems that could delay swimming when the weather turns warm again.

4. During the winter, keep a small amount of water on the pool's cover. Check out a pool and spa supplies store for the right cover. This makes sure that the cover stays on. Also, putting a floating object like a volleyball underneath the cover can keep the water from freezing.

5. Run your pump often enough. Running the pump makes overall pool maintenance easier because better pool circulation means better pool sanitation. The amount of time that the pump should run depends on the size of your pool. It generally ranges from six to eight hours, but you should adjust this depending on how your pool is reacting.

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