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Swimming Pool Maintenance

By on Oct 3, 2013
Swimming Pool Maintenance

If you are thinking about building a brand new swimming pool, you have likely considered all the required maintenance associated with it. Moreover, if you want to keep your pool in clean, working order, proper maintenance is essential. You would hate to put in a pool just to find that it is ruined after months of improper treatment.

Keeping your pool balanced means that you are working to maintain the water’s pH balance with chemicals. Sodium hypochlorite will raise the pool’s pH while granular acid will lower it. It is important to test the water’s balance once a week. You should also provide additional treatment for your pool following a storm, intense heat or growing algae.

There are additional chemicals you must add to the pool to kill things like algae and bacteria. Chlorine is the most popular chemical used to do this. It comes in the form of liquid, tablets and a powdery substance. The tablets are often a better choice because they dissolve slowly over time and do not require much maintenance.

You should always skim the surface of the water two or three times a week. Pick up leaves, debris and large pieces of dirt that have made their way into the pool.

You should also brush down your tiles and sides of the pool regularly. This will keep algae from growing on the walls since trying to get rid of algae can be a difficult endeavor once it sticks on the walls.

You should ensure that you do not have plants, bushes and trees too close to the pool. This will stop branches, leaves and other debris from falling into the pool. If you do not plan to renovate the rest of the landscaping, you might consider at least trimming back the plants.

Your pool’s vacuum system must be emptied and examined for maintenance on a regular basis since it picks up many of the items you either do not see or cannot reach.

You should be prepared to dedicate at least four hours a week to pool maintenance. This is a large time commitment for many families, but the summertime hours spent in the pool will make it worth your while.


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