How to Maintain a Swimming Pool

by Pool Builders on 08-10-2009 in Articles

Without the proper maintenance, a swimming pool can become simply a hole in the ground full of dirty water.  Regular maintenance will ensure that any type of pool can be used all year round and its use is not faltered by any unnecessary problems that could easily be avoided.

One of the first points to consider when maintaining a swimming pool is the pH and chemistry levels of the water.  As the majority of modern pools use a variety of chemicals for a range of reasons, such as chlorine to keep the water from becoming dirty, it is imperative to regularly test the water's chemistry levels.

If the pool owner is confident, the levels can be tested and corrected where need be without the need for any company to be hired.  There is a large selection of tools and equipment available to help with the process and each come with extensive instructions to ensure that the process is carried out correctly.

Of course, for those owners who would rather leave the testing of chemicals in the water to a professional, most pool companies will be able to offer the service at a fee, although some will provide it free of charge, if the swimming pool or other items were purchased from them.

Further to checking the water chemistry levels, it is vital for good pool maintenance to carry out regular cleaning of the pool.  There are several tasks that should be carried out, each of which are to be scheduled at different intervals throughout the year.  For example, removing any foliage or littler that has accrued in or on top of the water should be a daily task and will only take a matter of moments.  However, a complete and thorough cleaning of the pool could take several hours and this is only necessary once a month. 

One of the most important factors of pool maintenance, but the one that is so often put aside, is the ability to know the equipment and accessories that accompany a pool.  More often than not, a pool is installed by a company without any technical input from the buyer's.  Although this is standard practice, it pays dividends when carrying out maintenance if the owner takes note of the details of the equipment within the pool.  For example, if an owner was to know the type of the filter used, they would be more aware of how to properly maintain it, know when it needs replacing and what maintenance to carry out in general to ensure the filter is working to its maximum effectiveness.

Due to the variety of maintenance tasks required, it is highly recommended to create and update a diary or program of pool maintenance.  By setting out what needs to be carried out and when, it will provide the owner with a plan that will allow them to prioritize their pool maintenance workload.

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