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Pool Maintenance

03 Jul Keeping your Pool Maintenance on Routine

In order to keep your pool water sparkling and clean, there are several routine processes you should perform at regular intervals to keep your pool in optimal swimming conditions. By establishing and maintaining a proper pool maintenance routine, you can avoid spending excess time and money in caring for your swimming pool. There are several steps involved in order to ensure pristine pool health:

  • Debris Removal/Skimming
    Depending on the time of year and plants surrounding your pool, you will find it necessary to remove dirt and debris that have fallen or blown into your pool. You should remove dirt and debris by skimming the surface with a net, collecting material for removal and by utilizing an automatic pool cleaner that vacuums the bottom of the pool to remove sunken debris. By doing this, you will make your pool look cleaner but also improve the performance of the chemicals and equipment in your pool.
  • Clean Filter
    Cleaning out your pool filter and checking pump pressure are two of the best practices to add to your pool routine. Neglecting your pool pump and filter can create costly issues. Each week, be sure to check if your pressure reads at 5-10lbs above the starting pressure according to your product manual, if so, then it’s time to clean out the filter. This can be done by removing and cleaning the filter cartridge or other types of filters need to be backwashed in order to relieve the pressure. Regular filter maintenance will prevent clogged filters, which can stop circulation of your pool water and therefore make a messy and dirty pool.
  • Sanitize
    Most pools are sanitized with chlorine although there are growing alternative sanitizers on the market. Sanitizing your pool disinfects your water to control germs, microorganisms, algae, and organic matter that can interferes with your pool’s chemicals. By sanitizing your water, you add chemicals that render the organic matter that wants to grow in your pool, unable to do so.
  • Shocking
    Shocking is a treatment that replenishes the amount of free chlorine in your pool and it is recommended to shock your pool once a week. This can be achieved by using slow dissolving tablets that slowly release concentrated chlorine or through a non-chlorine method that uses potassium monopersulphate. In either case, swimming is not recommended directly after shocking as the chemicals can be harsh on your skin. It’s best to shock your pool and allow the pool pump and filter to run overnight to return to proper safe levels the next morning.
  • Testing your Water
    It is recommended to test your pool water 1-2 times a week in order to keep your water at its optimal balanced levels. Take your water to your local pool supply store and they will happily test your water for you!

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03 Jul Summer Pool Maintenance 101: An Easy to Follow Plan for Clean Water

If you are anything like us at Aqua Pool, straightforward step-by-step plans are the only way we get anything done in the pool business. Whether it’s installing new pool equipment or carrying out a comprehensive remodel, having a simple roadmap in place is the best way to produce consistent results time after time. Knowing this, we decided to map out an easy to follow chlorinating plan for summer pool maintenance that if followed, will keep your water crystal clear without wasting any of your hard earned summer vacation.

Step 1) Maintain a reasonable chlorine level at all times
As the days get longer and hotter this summer, it becomes more and more important to pay attention to your regular chlorine levels. It is a good idea to increase the daily amount you add to your skimmer basket or your floating chlorinator to keep up with increased ambient heat and humidity. Hand in hand with regular chlorination is to ensure the proper functioning of your filtration system. Now may be the time to consider getting an equipment tune-up before the summer weather sets in.

Step 2) Begin “shocking” your pool weekly
In the summer, it is more common for your pool to experience “extreme” conditions that can quickly affect water quality. “Extremes” are things like hotter than usual temperatures, severe rain events, and large bather loads (pool parties). Weekly “shocking” will help balance the contamination associated with “extremes” and will keep your pool clearer, softer, and better smelling.

Step 3) Have your pool professionally tested monthly
Most pool supply stores and maintenance companies will do this at no cost to you so take advantage of the only free service in the entire pool industry. Getting a regular diagnoses from a pool professional will help you identify problems with your pool chemistry before they get out of hand and allow you to implement a proper treatment plan at the outset.

Following these three easy steps will literally save you time, money, and the future headaches and stress that inevitably come with trying to reverse pool chemistry problems that have escalated. Think of it as brushing and flossing your pool’s teeth! Preventative care hardly takes any time at all but will ultimately work miracles in the long run, both on your wallet and on your future enjoyment of your backyard.

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