Spring has officially “sprung”, and you know what that means: With warmer weather arriving, you’ve probably opened your pool (or you’re about to).
Along with all of the fun will come some work. In order to keep your pool clean, beautiful, and in good shape, get into a solid pool maintenance routine now. Remember to incorporate these ten tips into your regular schedule.
- Skim and scrub. You will need to regularly remove debris from the surface of the water. Ideally, you will perform this task daily, but of course some pools need more skimming than others (depending upon factors like nearby trees and landscaping elements). You will also scrub algae from the sides of the pool about every other week.
- Maintain the filter. Clean out the filter basket weekly. Break down and “backwash” the filter to clean off grids every six months.
- Maintain your pool’s chemical levels. This is arguably the most time-consuming part of pool maintenance. In order to keep your pool’s water safe and clean, you should carefully monitor and adjust the pH and chlorine levels of the water. Other tests to perform include those that detect calcium hardness and cyanuric acid levels.
- Consider shocking your pool. If your pool receives heavy use this season, you might notice murky water at some point. This might not be a task that you can schedule ahead of time, but be on the lookout for changes in your water’s appearance. Murky water indicates a need for a more intense cleaning effort. While shocking the pool frequently could be bad for it, about twice per season is a good goal.
- Maintain the water level. Check the water level frequently, especially after a heavy rainfall or a large pool party. You will need to add water occasionally, and of course adjust your chemical levels at this time as well.
- Try the tennis ball method. You might be surprised at how much oil comes off our bodies as we swim. Since oils (like suntan lotion) can be bad for your pool, you’ll want to remove them right away. Surprisingly, a tennis ball, left to float in the pool, can absorb a good bit of these oils from the water.
- Pressure wash the pool deck. Not only will this keep the deck looking better; it will prevent algae build-up over time, which can contribute to slips and falls.
- Schedule an annual service appointment. Even if you prefer to handle all of your pool maintenance yourself, getting an annual checkup from an expert can help you ensure that everything is in tip-top shape. We can check your pool’s complete system to make sure that everything is in pristine working order, or help you anticipate potential problems before they become too costly.
On that note, give us a call as you prepare to open your pool for the season. We”ll be happy to answer any questions you might have, and make recommendations for keeping your pool safe, clean, and in good working order.
You originally installed your swimming pool (or purchased a house that already had one) because you envisioned long, lazy days and entertaining evenings spent in your backyard. You pictured quality family time, fun with friends, or just the solitude of relaxing alone. You probably did not fondly imagine yourself spending hours upon hours on cleaning and maintenance tasks! But of course, that is the reality for many pool owners. Swimming pools need a lot of work in order to function correctly and remain attractive (not to mention sanitary).
If you’d rather skip the debris removal and stain scrubbing, and spend more time enjoying your backyard oasis, a robotic pool cleaner will probably appeal to you. There are many benefits to these handy tools, but the primary perks boil down to…
It’s easier and superior to manual pool cleaning methods. A robotic pool cleaner can navigate underwater, without the need for air. It can climb walls, filter the water, and collect debris continuously… with zero effort required from you! Now you can spend less time cleaning and maintaining your pool, and more time enjoying it.
Lower your chemical usage. Robotic pool cleaners use a brushing action to scrub all areas of the pool, cleaning away unwanted debris. You will save on cleaning chemicals, and create a healthier environment in your pool at the same time. This is a terrific option if you’re worried about unnecessary exposure to excess chemicals.
They’re energy efficient. A robotic pool cleaner uses about the same amount of electricity as a light bulb. So it’s an incredibly efficient appliance, and won’t cost you big bucks to use.
For more information on purchasing and using a robotic pool cleaner, please give us a call. We can demonstrate how the technology works, and help you decide if this is the right choice for your swimming pool.