Pool maintenance doesn’t have to be a chore — but it DOES have to be done. Regular care keeps the water clean and balanced, and your equipment functioning properly. With today’s technology, pool maintenance is easier than ever, and should take about 10 minutes a week.
The first and most basic step is cleaning. The dirt and debris that inevitably end up in your pool not only make it uninviting, but they can clog and damage your pool’s filtration system as well. The big floating debris can be quickly and easily scooped out with a skimmer, while heavier sediment can be managed by an automated pool cleaner. There are several types of automated cleaners — and each does the work while you sit back and enjoy your pool.
The second part of pool care is maintaining the chemical balance in your pool. Chemistry is key to keeping your pool clean, as well as making it a safe, pleasant environment for swimming. Chemicals like chlorine are used to keep algae and bacteria under control, while chemicals like muriatic acid keep the pH levels of your pool’s water balanced. You'll need test strips and a drop kit to check and maintain chlorine and pH levels. It also is important to keep a consistent volume of water in your pool; a lower-than-normal level can make your chemicals too intense and a higher-than-normal level can dilute them and make them ineffective. Improper water levels will also have detrimental effect on filtration and circulation.
Your local professional pool retailer can help you select the right combination of chemicals for your pool, and also give you tips for using them properly. If pool maintenance doesn’t fit in your busy schedule, there are willing pool service professionals who can keep your pool clean, sparkling and ready for you to enjoy.
If your schedule is crazy-busy, or you’re simply not the do-it-yourself type, call on your local swimming pool service provider. You can use our Dealer Locator to locate and contact service professionals in your area. They’re all swimmingpool.com-approved, and ready to make pool ownership hassle free. They can provide services like:
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