The Do's and Don'ts of Pool Care

by Pool Builders on 01-12-2012 in Articles

Fashion loves to hand out do's and don'ts, but swimming pool maintenance has some great tips as well! Check out these pool maintenance do's and don'ts.

Don't: Assume the pool's water chemistry is self-sustaining.
Do: Check water chemistry at least twice per week. Don't let pH get above 8.0 or alkalinity stray from the 80-140 range.

Don't: Assume that kids won't go for a dip when you aren't looking.
Do: Take all the safety precautions you can. You should always supervise children when they swim, but sometimes they can try to swim without permission or fall in accidentally. Installing a pool safety cover, gate, and an alarm can help keep this from happening.

Don't: Backwash the pool filter too often, or not often enough.
Do: It's difficult to tell you exactly how often you should backwash your filter because this is dependent on what kind of pool and filter you have. Backwash the filter based on the filter gauge. Even backwashing filters too often can reduce their effectiveness.

Don't: Ignore the skimmer basket.
Do: Clean out the skimmer basket often so that you don't have circulation problems. When your skimmer basket is full of debris, your pump has to work harder to circulate water.

Don't: Add chemicals during the day.
Do: Wait until the sun has gone down. The chemicals will be more effective without the sun. The sun's UV rays reduces the effectiveness of chemicals and will leave you confused as to why you have to add so much more than the recommended amount.

Don't: Skimp on drain covers.
Do: Comply with the Pool and Spa Safety Act. This act was put into place because of the problems with children drowning because of the powerful suction of some pool drains. It is not only important for swimming pool safety but legally required to use drain covers that are up to federal standards.

Don't: Run your pumps for less than six hours, unless you have a small enough pool.
Do: It is recommended to run the pump for six to eight hours, but you should adjust according to the size of your pool. If your water is looking cloudy, try running the pump for longer. The pump is an important part of the filtration system, and if it's not running enough, your water could start looking dirty.

Last of all, the biggest "Do" is to have all the right swimming pool supplies!

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