4 Common Mistakes Pool Owners Make
Swimming pool maintenance comes with a bit of a learning curve. It might seem straightforward, but there are mistakes that are easy to make when you don’t know better. The thing is, pools really need that steady, day-to-day, consistent type of work. If you do that, while paying attention to the details, you will probably be quite happy with your pool.
On the other hand, there are a few blunders that are common. Some of these actions seem fairly harmless on the surface, but there are very important (and potentially expensive) reasons why you shouldn’t do these things.
Making assumptions about pool chemicals. Your pool water looks clear, so it’s fine, right? Actually, making that assumption could cause you to miss something important, and long-term chemical mistakes are probably the top factor behind premature equipment failure. Test your pool water on schedule, even if it looks just fine, and take the time to learn the art of pool chemistry.
Draining your pool. It might seem like a simple thing; you’ll just drain the pool, perform a repair, and then fill it back up. But before draining a pool, there are many factors to consider. Fiberglass pools, for example, can be damaged if you drain them. In-ground concrete pools can actually rise up out of the ground, because the water was serving to weigh them down. Even weather can play a part in whether it’s safe to drain the pool at any given moment. Just don’t attempt this without professional consultation. Trust us; it’s not worth it.
Painting your pool. Painting the pool is a dubious undertaking already, and pool professionals are already divided on the issue. The main reason you shouldn’t attempt it: The paint will need considerable time to dry, and this means draining your pool and leaving it empty for days. You would risking everything from a bad paint job to structural failure of the pool itself.
Installing new equipment. It seems tempting to install new pool equipment yourself, to save a few bucks. But you’re not only risking your pool and its equipment. You could actually be risking your life, because pool equipment involves water, electricity, chemicals, pressurized systems, and so on. It’s not hard to see how something could go very, very wrong!
Pools are expensive investments, so don’t take any risks! If you need help with pool maintenance tasks, please give us a call. We will give you an honest, professional opinion of your pool’s health, and make recommendations for repairs and upgrades that can be performed safely.