How Pool Service Can Help You Maintain Your Pool  

by Pool Builders on 12-01-2013 in Articles

If your home has a pool it is important that it stays clean, which is not as difficult as it sounds. Because every pool is a little different, it will have different maintenance requirements. One thing is the same however, the need for regular maintenance. You can do it on your own, or you can hire a pool service to do the dirty work for you.

There are several things that your pool service company needs to do, one of them is skimming the surface of the water to remove any debris before it has a chance to sink to the bottom. This helps the water circulate through the pool so that the filter system can work more efficiently. Cleaning out the baskets on the side helps with efficiency as well.

Another thing that should be done regularly is vacuuming. This also allows you to use less chemicals, which in turn, is better for swimmers' health. Vacuuming not only includes the bottom, but also deep scrubbing the walls so that the algae does not have a chance to build up. What you use depends on what your pool is made of, as concrete will require different tools from tiles or fiberglass.

One part of your pool that requires the most maintenance is the heater. If it is gas, it can go a couple of years without a cleaning, while electronic ones can go a little farther. Make sure that you check your manual so that you know exactly how and when it should be maintained. Hiring someone to perform pool service could be as much as one hundred dollars a month.

Sometimes it becomes important to drain the pool to perform the necessary maintenance. This can be during the swimming season or the off-season. If you do need to drain the pool, you do not want it to be empty for a long period of time, and you want to make sure that there is some water in it during the off-season to offset the amount of weight from the ground pushing up on the bottom of the pool. When you fill it back up, you need to test it regularly to make sure that the PH levels, chlorine, and acidity are kept within a reasonable range. You can purchase a kit and do it yourself, or your pool service can do it for you.

Where you live helps determine how often you need to perform maintenance on your pool and whether or not you need to prepare and close it for the winter. If you live where it gets below freezing regularly during the winter, getting some help from a pool service company to help you winterize it.

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