Pool Service Functions You Can Do Yourself  

by Pool Builders on 08-13-2012 in Articles

Getting professional pool service is good, but there are some do-it-yourself pool service options you can manage. Having this kind of information is desirable on many levels. For many pool owners, it is not always possible to have professionals there when you need them.

As a client, being able to perform some basic tasks for yourself is important. Even after signing a contract, the company might point this out. This will improve the overall maintenance and cleanliness of the swimming area.

Some things that you, the owner can do to help keep your pool clean and safe for use are:

* Getting rid of leaves and other debris from the surface of the water as well as surrounding areas. Skimming as soon as debris is visible makes the job easier to handle. Once the water surface is clean, do not leave the debris near the pool. A strong gust of wind can easily cause it to get back into the water.

* Cut or prune leafy tress hanging over the pool and in close vicinity of the swimming area. This will help minimize the amount of leaves and twigs that can fall off and litter the area.

* Clean tiles and deck area to help prevent the growth of algae and bacteria that can make swimming uncomfortable and unsafe. These could lead to skin rashes or respiratory problems.

* Vacuuming weekly will help to get rid of excess debris and help to keep the water looking clear. Loose dirt that is not cleaned up will eventually be blown into the water.

Some people are comfortable adding chemicals to their pool to maintain the Ph balance and control bacterial growth. If you are however unsure of what to do, it is best to get guidance from professional. Some owners outsource this aspect of their pool service activity, as they don't have enough experience.

You should ideally have a professional deal with the more technical aspects of pool service and maintenance. Extensive work on pumps and filters, and other mechanical and electrical parts require knowledge and expertise. These jobs should be done by a professional pool service provider.

If you are the kind of person who can handle mechanical parts make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions. This is especially important if the items are still under warranty. Read the fine print and confirm what will void your warranty. If there is any doubt, make a report where you purchased the parts.

Even if you do not do the maintenance work yourself, it is still good to learn about the ins and outs of pool maintenance. This way, you can assess whether or not the work being done is up to par. A little knowledge will help you to identify problems when they occur.

If you plan on doing some of the work yourself, make sure to get the right types of tools for the job. Some must have tools for the do-it-yourselfer include:

* A leaf skimmer

* A vacuum

* A brush for cleaning the walls and floors of the pool

* A tile brush to remove calcium build-up especially from around the edge at the water level

On a hot summer's day, few things can cool you down like a dip in a clean swimming pool. This is one good reason to ensure that when it comes to pool service, you play your part. If you have the time and don't mind a little exercise, you can spend time learning some of the maintenance routines.

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