Pool Maintenance by Owner or Service  

by Pool Builders on 07-30-2013 in Articles

Are you wondering whether it's better to take care of your own pool maintenance or hire a professional service? You are not alone. There are pros and cons to being a do-it-yourselfer. If you just built a swimming paradise in your own backyard, you might think it should be pretty easy to take care of your own backyard upkeep. A more seasoned owner might tell you a different story. You have to be consistent, science-brained, and persnickety to successfully maintain your own pools and spas.

Consistency

If you have a tendency to procrastinate or be a hit-or-miss maintainer of your belongings, pool maintenance might not be for you. In order to keep a large body of water bug-free and clear, you need to consistently skim, vacuum, drain, and backwash. Skimming involves cleaning the surface of the water to remove leaves, paper, and anything else that blows in before it sinks to the bottom. Vacuuming is a deeper version of cleanup. There are automatic vacuuming systems that might work for you, but you still need to check up on them to make sure they're always functional. Draining and backwashing are done to adjust the water level so it remains clean and at an optimum depth.

Science-Brained

If you flunked chemistry, pool maintenance should probably be left to the pros. There is quite a bit of chemistry involved in keeping your own swimming water pristine. You're going to need your own personal testing kit and vow to test your pool's water every few days. There needs to be proper PH balance that relates to alkalinity. Muriatic acid, soda ash, bromine, oxidizers, and chlorine will be scientific names you need to become familiar with if you're planning to maintain your own water. If you don't perform the chemical equations correctly, you could end up with green or black water, an infestation of mosquitoes, or so much chlorine that all swimmers' eyes turn red.

Persnickety

If your motto is: that's good enough, you probably won't cut the mustard when it comes to pool maintenance. A lackadaisical attitude can lead to trouble when it comes to your backyard oasis. Don't be penny-wise and dollar-foolish by trying to save money as a do-it-yourselfer. If you don't know how or have enough time to do what's necessary to protect this investment, admit your limitations. If you're not persnickety enough to take care of this asset, hire a service that is.

Ask yourself if you are really cut out to do your own pool maintenance. If the answer is no, put in a call to a professional service that will be happy to keep you're pool's water sparkling clean and swimmable.

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