We are more than half way through spring. Summer is right around the corner and pool owners have opened their pools if they were closed and are making sure their pool is in good shape for the upcoming summer swimming season.
Swimming pools are great, especially when they are in your background.
It is even better when someone else takes care of them.
If you are maintaining your own pool, then here are three things that will help you with caring for your pool.
Maybe you have thought that hiring someone to take care of your pool was not within your budget. But, if you really look at certain factors, you will see that having someone take care of your pool is worth it for your budget and the long term care of your pool.
1) CONTROLLING CHEMICAL COSTS
It is possible to control the costs for chemicals you put into your pool. With a salt system and the right equipment, the costs for chemicals can be regulated and eliminate your weekly visits to the pool store. When you learn how to control your phosphate and cyanuric acid levels, then the chlorine can properly do its job and keep your pool clear.
You might want to contact your local pool store and ask them if they offer a pool school. This is where they explain the basics of pool chemistry and how to do the basics with your swimming pool equipment.
Having a pool professional maintain and monitor the four main chemical tests on a bi-weekly or weekly basis will keep your pool and your pool equipment in good shape for the long term.
Also, you will eliminate the clutter of pool chemical storage in your garage or by the deck of your pool.
2) LEARNING to SPOT a PROBLEM WITH YOUR POOL
Having a pool professional will help you spot problems before they get out of hand.
If a spot of algae starts in your pool and you don’t catch it quick enough, then it can quickly overtake your pool. Being able to quickly spot a problem is key to keeping your pool clear. By catching the spot early, you can treat it before it spreads to the whole pool.
In the summer months when the temperatures are regularly in the 80’s and 90’s, it doesn’t take long for a problem to quickly get out of control.
If your chlorine or salt levels are low, then you need to check the pool steps and around the railings for algae. Algae also develops easily around the rims of the pool lights.
Knowing where to look will help you keep everything under control.
A seasoned pool professional will know the best chemicals to use on your pool that will take care of the problem. In our industry, any good professional is constantly testing chemicals to see what new products are out on the market and what will quickly resolve the problems in your pool.
You don’t want to waste time dumping money into your pool with chemicals that don’t work.
And, you will also save yourself possibly hundreds in chemicals costs on the cleanup.
Just last week, we received a call for a pool that was green. The homeowners needed the pool turned around for an upcoming pool party. We told them the cost, which was significant. When a pool is green for a long time, you can’t turn it around in 24 hours. And, if you don’t have deep pockets, then it takes even longer to get the pool swimmable again.
So, hiring someone to monitor the chemicals will save you this headache and the costs longterm.
3) MAKING SURE YOUR POOL IS SAFE
A pool should be a place of enjoyment and in order to enjoy it, it has to be safe. It has to be safe not only for your family but also for your visitors. You don’t want a child’s parents filing a suit against you because their child was hurt at your swimming pool.
Noticing issues with drains, pool returns or loose stone on the deck is key to keeping your pool a safe place for others to swim. If there are any issues with these, then an accident could happen. And you, as the pool owner, would be responsible.
If you want to make sure that your pool is safe and algae and phosphate free, make sure to contact your pool service professional about maintaining your pool.
If you still want to care for your pool, call up your local pool tech and ask them if they offer pool school. They should be able to give you the basics of caring for your pool. That way you know your pool is a place of enjoyment and not danger.
By following these recommendations, you can have a safe swim season.