Owning a swimming pool provides some fun with the family. It’s a refreshing way to spend a summer day at home as you rip around in the water. But with the use of your pool, maintenance responsibility is essential to enhance its life. Here are some things to keep in mind when owning a pool:

Keep it clean

Vacuum the pool to keep it clean, getting rid of dirt and debris. Use a pool brush to clean hard-to-reach places, making sure you get into crevasses and behind the steps and ladders. Avoid algae growth by treating your water with sanitizers and prevent the water from staying stagnate. Also, make sure water runs through the pool filter at least once a day, or at least 8 hours. By doing this, you maintain cleanliness because the pool filter and pump are what keeps the pool clean.

Filter the cartridges

Clean the cartridges regularly with a granular filter cleaning product to prevent clogs. Add just enough of the product, so it filters and prevents the build up of tiny particles. Backwash with sand or diatomaceous earth, so the filter traps more dirt and gets rid of the dirty water. And make sure to replace the cartridge after two to three years, or after twenty cleanings.

Maintain motor conditions

Check the motor for any defects. If there’s any wear, replace it immediately. If you hear screeching sounds, check the bearings and replace if defective. Also, avoid overheating. Don’t keep the motor running without any water circulation.

Store the pump properly

To store the pump away for winter, check and clean the cartridge filter and strainer. You want to avoid freezing of the pump and to do so, drain all the water from the pump, filter and heat system. Then cover the pump and filter and store indoors to protect it from the weather.

Keep pool neutral balanced

Check the pH levels of the pool water to make sure the pH and alkalinity levels of the pool are neutral. You want a water pH level between 7.4 and 7.6. Too low of a pH will ruin your pool equipment, so it’s best to avoid that.

Shock treatment

When you have a chlorine pool, the chlorine molecules attach itself to the bacteria and forms chloramine. To get rid of the chloramine before it turns into gas, you must oxidize the pool by doing a shock treatment. Do this treatment every week to keep this in order.

Keep pool water hard

To prolong the life of the pool filter system, fiberglass, plaster, vinyl cover, and concrete, add calcium to the pool water to keep it hard. You only need to add it at the beginning of the pool season, but make sure to check for its loss as time passes. Being aware of pool issues and taking care of them will help you prolong the life of your swimming pool. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be happy with your maintenance care when you sustain a healthy pool to enjoy over and over throughout the years. For any questions on your outdoor living space, contact us. We look forward to helping you.