Importance of Pool Maintenance
Whether you maintain the pool yourself or if you choose to hire a professional, then it’s important to make sure it’s done correctly. Maintaining your pool correctly will help to save you both time and money. When a pool is correctly maintained it can extend the life of both the pool parts and the finish of the pool.
Aspects That Need Maintaining
One of the most important steps of swimming pool maintenance is the water balance. Keeping your pool balanced can be difficult to do and understand and that’s why it’s important to have a professional carry out the work.
It’s important to keep your pool balanced for a number of reasons such as safety, comfort, corrosion and alkalinity. When using a salt based pool that produces chlorine, your pH level needs to be correct. When the pool is unbalanced, the chlorine won’t work as it should meaning germs and bacteria won’t be killed.
Having a balanced pH level in your pool will also make it more comfortable for the people who use it, meaning irritation won’t be caused to the skin or eyes. When you have an imbalanced pool the water can be more corrosive leading to the liner, ladder and hand rails corroding.
When the pH levels are unbalanced this can cause calcium carbonate to separate from the water; this leads to a build-up of white, grey or brown patches building up on your pool tiles. Simply releveling the pH level in the water can help to remove the build-up and it will also prevent any scale build-up.
It’s important to make sure the pH levels in your pool remain balanced, you can do this yourself with the correct tools. Regularly testing your pH levels will help to keep it maintained, this is something you can do yourself or that can be carried out my a pool maintenance specialist.
Pool Water Levels
Swimming pool skimmers operate best when the water level is between one third to half way up the opening of the pool skimmer. When the water level is higher, it causes the water to move slower meaning any debris won’t be pulled into it.
When the water level is too low the skimmer won’t work in the way it should and will start to suck air into the system, which can lead to your swimming pool filter, pump and motor burning out. It’s important to ass water before backwashing and vacuuming the pool because this can also lower the water level.
Pool maintenance will help to keep your pool water clean and sparkling. The filter is one of the most important aspects of maintenance and there are three main types of filters these are sand, cartridge and diatomaceous earth. No matter which types of filter your pool has it will need to be maintained correctly.
With sand filters the coarseness of the sand will trap the debris, over time this sand will grind down and become smooth and round. This should be changed every couple of years to keep your pool filter working as it should be. Cartridge filters allow water to pass through a fine filter which helps to capture impurities; meaning fewer blockages and much easier maintenance cycles.
Maintenance of cartridge filters is relatively easy and it can be carried out by simply rinsing out the filters. It’s recommended that cartridge filters should be changed every 3 to 5 years. The diatomaceous earth filters are one of the best filters to use to keep your pool running smoothly. Backwashing of DE filters is required twice a year for residential pools.