Maintenance Requirements for Pools  

by Pool Builders on 01-05-2012 in Articles

Maintenance for pools is really quite detailed. If you think you will have a below ground pool and it will just stay nice all the time, you are mistaken. It will take a lot of work from you or someone who works for you. It is important to follow the right procedure so that your pool will be a comfortable place to swim and so it will last as it should.

It is important for the maintenance of pools that a weekly schedule be followed for cleaning it. It is also important that the shock treatments it is to receive are given when and in the amounts necessary. It is important that the pool be vacuumed out when it needs to be as well but not too often if using some automatic vacuums.

The weekly maintenance of pools is quite a process. Vacuuming the pool should be one of the first things you do during the week with your pool. You might have either a manual vacuum or an automatic one. Then for 2 minutes you will want to backwash the pool followed by a 1 minute rinse. Your pool will likely have an automatic chlorinator. To this you should add 3-4 chlorine tablets. You should clean the pump basket as well as the skimmer basket. Then you should also shock the pool after either testing the water yourself or by going by what the store analyzed the water at.

Testing the Ph level in pools every week is very important because if is not correct it can cause swimming in the pool to not be a comfortable experience. It can also wear out the liner faster. You will want to always watch the levels of chlorine in your water as well. Things like a thunderstorm, the number of people in your pool, and the weather being warmer can affect the levels.

Shocking your pool is something important for the maintenance of pools. There is a certain schedule for it depending on the time of year. It is important to remember that after you do shock it, that no one should swim for 3 hours, so always plan accordingly if you were planning on using the pool. The schedule for shocking your pool is ever 7 days from June-August. For April, May, September, and October, you will want to shock it every 14 days. Shock it every 3 weeks in March and November and every 4 weeks in December, January, and February.

Keeping your pool vacuumed is important. It is important to remember however that if you are using an automatic vacuum for your pool that you should probably not use it every day, as doing so with some types may wear out the liner as well as the machine.

So before you choose to purchase a below ground pool, keep in mind that it will take work. Most likely you will find though that owning a pool is worth it even with the time you have to put into it.

If you decide to look at a pool for purchase, make sure to talk to the person at the store about the maintenance of the pool. They should be able to give you information about how long it will take to care for it.

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