Simple Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips

by Pool Builders on 10-07-2011 in Articles

Swimming pool contractors know that owning a pool or spa can sometimes be a confusing event when it comes to upkeep and maintenance. Hiring a service contractor to provide service and maintenance after the swimming pool or spa has been installed in order to keep it in great working order and as a way to keep the water clean, clear and always swimmable.

Here are tips for spa and swimming pool maintenance and upkeep:

· You should make an investment in a cover as you're in the midst of a pool construction project - as a matter of fact it should be part of your budgeting steps. Having a cover will help reduce your over all maintenance costs, saving on chemical use and heating costs. A cover reduces evaporation and can also act as an additional safety barrier to keep children and pets from falling into the water.

· If you don't have a retractable cover you will need somewhere to store it when you're enjoying the water. Talk to your contractor about storage areas for the cover - you could even construct a seating area that can double as an area to put the cover.

· Either you or your contractor should use a waterproof marker to write the operating pressure on your swimming pool filter and it should be noted after the installation of a new filter or after having cleaned the old one.

· All manuals and operating instructions should be in an easily accessible location. There are times when you might think there is a major problem with the timers when it could merely be a matter of needing to be reprogrammed.

· Vacate the swimming pool as soon as you hear thunder or see lightning and don't get back in the water until 20 minutes have past from the last time you hear thunder.

· The correct way to vacuum your swimming pool between pool service visits is to work slowly around the pool or spa. Work down the walls and along the floor. Take your time because if you move quickly you will simply stir up the dirt, making it harder to remove.

· Talk to your contractor about installing your skimmer on the downwind side of your swimming pool; this location means the wind will help push debris toward the opening and cut down on cleaning time.

· When you're adding chemicals, add them a little at a time - this is especially true when it comes to balancing the chemicals in a spa.

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