Having a pool is great, but it also means spending a lot of time on maintenance. If you don’t keep your pool clean, the water will be unsanitary, and the various parts of your pool won’t last as long. Here’s what you need to know about basic pool maintenance.
Test Your Water
The first step in caring for your pool is regularly testing the water. This should be done at least once a week during the winter and more often during the summer. You can find various test strips to help you with this.
One of the most important things to keep up on with an in-ground pool is the water quality. This doesn’t just mean sanitation, either; there are a number of other problems that can occur with your pool water.
Firstly, you have to keep the pH balance right. To do this, you’ll need a pH tester, a pH increaser, and a pH decreaser. Maintaining the total alkalinity will help keep pH in check. Beyond that, you’ll also want to watch for calcium hardness. If it’s too low, it can shorten the life of your pool liner. If it’s too high, there will be deposits in your pool. Lastly, you’ll need to make sure there are no metal buildups in your water.
Keeping your pool clean means regularly treating it to sanitize it. You should shock your pool regularly to keep it clean and clear, then use an algaecide to prevent algae from growing in the water. As far as sanitation goes, you have two main choices: sanitizing with chlorine or sanitizing with bromine. Both have their benefits and involve a different process for sanitation, so you should talk with a pool care professional to learn more about which method of sanitation would be better for your needs.
A Helping Hand
Making sure your pool stays clean is a full-time job. If you want to spend more time enjoying your pool and less time maintaining it, talk to a professional at Unique Pools and Spas to learn more about automating your pool call. Give us a call at (407) 296-6776 to learn more today.