Pools should be a source of fun and relaxation, not a source of constant work and worry. Pool care can be very simple and we have found that being consistent and uniform in chemical treatment, vacuuming, basket cleaning, and filter cleaning are the keys to successful pool care. Pool care is like most anything—it is much easier to maintain it than it is to repair it if it wasn’t maintained. If you don’t change the oil or filters in your car, you will eventually have problems. Likewise, if you don’t maintain your pool, you will eventually have problems.
It is time to begin paying more attention to your pool to prevent problems from occurring. Algae grows best between pH levels of 7 and 9 and algae growth really begins to increase at water temperatures of 60 degrees. With pool water pH levels being in that pH range and pool water temperatures now in the mid-70’s, it is important to get started now.
Following are some steps to take when preparing your pool for the swim season:
- Begin the season by testing your water. You can do this yourself or bring your pool water by our Retail Store and we will perform a computerized water analysis. Many problems that happen when your pool water warms up can be prevented now with the proper water analysis and proper chemical treatment.
- Start the season with a clean filter. It is recommended that you use a filter cleaner/degrease in order to ensure peak filtration. The filter should be thoroughly cleaned now as you are opening your pool, and then during regular 6-month intervals or more if needed.
- Remember that much like an automobile, maintenance is much less expensive than costly repairs due to lack of maintenance. If you notice a leak, missing tiles, or other problems, have them addressed before they cause more problems.
- Commit to a regular weekly pool maintenance program that includes water testing, cleaning skimmer & pump baskets, brushing the pool and the tile, backwashing the filter as needed, adding chemicals as necessary, and rinsing off the coping and the deck. If you need more education in the area of pool care, don’t hesitate to let us know.
- Perform a safety inspection on your pool.
Safety equipment—Do you have a safety buoy and/or life hook?
Fencing—Are your fences and gates in good working order and up to code?
Deck equipment—Have you visually inspected and tightened bolts on the pool equipment—such as ladders & diving boards?
Electrical inspection—Have you had an electrician check to be sure that your pool is safe?
- Are bond wires connected?
- Are the ground fault interrupters functioning properly?
CPR—Do you know CPR, or is it time to take a class?
Above all, remember that pools should be a source of fun and relaxation, and they can be if get an early start and then follow the basics of pool care.
If you need help, give our Service Department a call at (940)891-0500 and we will come do the work for you.