No matter how much fun pools can be, they also require some work. Keeping your pool clean is a top priority, both for your own health and the life of the pool. This maintenance will cost you a bit of time, especially if you’re the “do-it-yourself” type.
Luckily the pros have developed some terrific tools that cut down on the number of hours required to clean a pool. If you’re interested in streamlining your routine, you might want to “level up” with one or more of these professional devices.
Return eyeballs. Your filters work best when the debris actually makes it to them. Return eyeballs are simple tools that circulate the water in your pool, in a circular pattern, so that more of the debris makes its way through the skimmers and into the filters.
Vac plates. Each skim basket is fitted with a matching vacuum plate to improve the amount of debris collected. It seems like a small and inconsequential part, but they cut down on the amount of work you need to do later.
Stain Master. Don’t want to spend all day scrubbing at a small, specific stain on your pool? A stain master siphons muriatic acid and places it directly on the stain for faster removal.
Pumice stone. Yes, those same little rough stones that you use to remove callouses from your feet, can also be utilized to remove calcium deposits, black algae, and certain other stains from your pool.
Pool vacuums. If you really want to save time, a pool vacuum is often the answer. Yes, a good (and maintained) filtration system does a lot of work for you, but it’s not perfect. For that extra debris, especially at the bottom of the pool where it might not get circulated effectively, you need a pool vacuum. It will drastically cut down the amount of work you need to do, if you were to manually remove debris.
Are the pool maintenance chores getting you down? Give us a call, and we can make recommendations for tools that will streamline your cleaning routine. And if you really want to be done with the chore for good, we can maintain your pool for you, so that your only “chore” is to relax and enjoy it.
In our line of work, we sometimes receive calls from pool owners who are surprised about some aspect of pool maintenance. In fact, they often think something is wrong with their pool at first! Occasionally that might be the case, but usually we find that the new owners just didn’t know exactly what to expect.
If you’ve recently purchased a house with a pool, there are a couple things to keep in mind. One of the most noticeable issues is evaporation!
Your pool will lose a lot of water. No, it probably isn’t leaking, although we can certainly check on that for you. Many new pool owners are shocked at how often they need to add water to their pools, due to evaporation and splashing. Typically you will need to add two to four inches of water each week, although this can vary a bit based upon weather and usage. Evaporation alone will steal 25,000 to 50,000 gallons of water annually! In Southern California our dry weather will keep us on the upper end of that range. Other issues that contribute to water loss are heating the pool, strong wind, and excessive filter backwashing.
If you find yourself needing to add significant water to your pool frequently during the summer months, don’t worry, it is normal. However, if you have any concerns or just want to make sure there isn’t a problem, let us know and we’d be happy to check it.
You need to monitor and adjust the pH frequently. Swimming pools are definitely not a “set it and forget it” thing, particularly with regard to the water chemistry. For example, if you have a saltwater pool you will find that the the pH rises frequently. You might go through about a gallon of muriatic acid per week, in order to keep the pH at about 7.2. This can feel excessive and cause you to question whether something is wrong, but it is actually quite normal.
You may need longer filtration periods if your pool is used heavily. If your pool gets heavy useage during the summer months because of your kids, their friends, and perhaps even your pets, you might find that your fiter pump needs to be on more than usual. There could be some “trial and error” involved in order to figure out the best time frame for your pool but just know that you may need to step up the cleaning during the summer.
If you’re worried that something is “off” about your pool, definitely give us a call so that we can check it out for you. And if these maintenance steps become a lot of work, let us handle it while you focus on enjoying your backyard oasis.