Why Pool Maintenance is Important?
It’s finally here! We are finally in the mist of summer, the beloved season that brings us warmth, sunshine, happiness, friendship, and swimming.
Swimming, perhaps above all, is what we all seem to look forward to when the heat beats down on us. As the temperature rises, so does our eagerness for throwing on our bathing suits and jumping into the cool, refreshing water.
And in most cases, that water is a pool.
Loved by many, pools provide that relaxing environment which makes summer so appealing.
However, keeping your maintained properly is the foundation to allow you to make the first cannon ball of the season into it in the first place.
Why Pool Care is Important?
If you want to enjoy your pool for years and years, long into the future, allowing your family, friends, and relatives to enjoy the pool with you for years to come, you will want to be sure to take proper care of your pool.
Even if neglected for a short period of time, harmful damage could be done to your pool which could result in decreased longevity and destructive overall pool health, costing you time and money down the road.
Prevent these unneeded and unnecessary costs by caring for your pool year round, in each and every season.
Many pool owners and operators denote particular seasons through which their pool will be open or closed.
Typically if you have an outdoor pool, late spring when the temperatures tend to increase and into the early fall when the temperatures begin to decrease denote times when the pool would be open and ready for use. Otherwise, during late fall, winter, and early spring, the pool is closed as swimming during these times is not the most realistic (or safe).
However, if you have an indoor pool, your operating seasons might be more prolonged and extended, even possibly being open year round.
Stay on top of your pool maintenance. Falling behind on your schedule of taking care of your pool can be just as destructive as not caring for it in the first place.
Pools are creatures of their own being. They require proper chemicals and chemical balances, including that of chlorine, to ensure the water is safe and free of harmful bacteria.
They require routine cleaning of debris, dirt, bugs, and other substances that could negatively affect the safety of the water and the longevity of the pool. They require routine inspection of the structure itself, from the inside to the outside of the pool, to further increase its safety.
How to Care For Your Pool
Now that you have a little greater of an understanding about how important it is to care for your pool, let’s walk through the basics of how to actually do the care, helping your pool to become the very best that it can be.
To begin, a good rule of thumb would be to clean your pool at least once a week. Of course, however, you can definitely clean your pool more often if you desire and certainly if it is needed, but otherwise, a minimum of a weekly schedule should be followed.
Skimming For Debris
The first step you will want to adhere to is skimming your pool for debris. Using a long-handled net to catch the debris, slowly and simply brush the surface of the water to catch any loose articles that might be floating atop of the water. In doing so, you will be partaking in the foundational step to pool care in improving the health of the water.
As this process is relatively simple and extremely important, it can be done more frequently than other steps of care. During peak seasons, it might be ideal to skim for debris daily if not every few days on a regular and routine schedule.
The second step you will want to pursue is vacuuming your pool. Aquatic vacuums are designed to sweep the floor of your pool in a robotic manner to clean the hard-to-reach depths of the pool, thus allowing the entire pool to be cleaned when combined with skim cleaning.
It is important to make an investment in an aquatic vacuum. As an integral part of the pool care process, your investment in a vacuum will pay off in the long run.
Next, you will want to adjust the chemicals of the pool to make certain they are in the proper ranges and amounts. They should be tested on the regular and adjusted on the weekly.
You will want to look at the pH balance and the chlorine amount as these two readings will help your pool to be chemically safe when at the correct readings.
Cleaning the Filter
One of the final main tips you will want to follow when caring for your pool is cleaning the pool filter routinely.
Having a clean filter will allow your pool to filter properly without any obstruction of possible debris that could get in the way of the filtering process. A clean filter assists in efficient filtration, prolonging your pool’s health and longevity.
Stay on Top of Latest Care Techniques
As each pool is different, it will benefit you tremendously to research the proper care tips for your particular type of pool. Keeping updated on the latest technologies and the most recent knowledge can help you care for your pool to the max, thus giving you the opportunity to enjoy your pool to the greatest effect.
Contact your pool manufacturer approximately once a year to learn of the latest care tips they have to offer for your pool model. This will provide you with customized assistance direct for your individual pool.
Now that you have a greater understanding of proper pool maintenance, go out and give it a try! Use these simple tips to make your pool appear and feel its best yet.
A pool is an investment, just like caring for it is, so take good intensive care of it and you will have a lifetime of fun and fond memories in enjoyable waters.