Today our post is coming from Becky Flanigan who writes freelance articles for PoolCenter.com. She has 3 kids with her wonderful husband – two boys and a girl – and two lovely golden retrievers. When she’s not taking care of pool maintenance and adjusting chemicals, she spends hours at her family swimming pool, watching the kids and dogs play and have fun. She is also a dedicated runner, and diligently training for her first half marathon. Follower her @Becky_Flanigan.
Now we know that everyone is ready for Summer weather...heck we can't even get Spring here without Winter trying to make another appearance, but when it gets here you want to have your pool up and ready to roll. So check out Becky's important pool maintenance tips:
A family swimming pool can provide hours of fun for the family. That part is well established. The other part – maintaining the pool – it’s not so much fun. That part is well established too. But pool maintenance is just a part of the swimming pool package, and if it’s got to be done, taking care of it properly will minimize the hassle. Part of pool maintenance is the actual process, the things you have to do. An equally important component – how you approach the job:
Have a plan. Make up a checklist of items that have to be handled – check the filter, check the fence around the pool, balance the pH, add the chlorine to the proper level. Then work through the checklist. Don’t consider the maintenance done until all the items are checked off. It’s easy to get distracted and think “I’ll get around to it later,” until one day you come home, walk out into the pool area, and discover a green scum on top of the pool that wasn’t there before. Or you discover that the pool pump hasn’t been working properly, and the water looks murky and brown. The longer issues are allowed to go on, the worse they get. A regular plan can make sure things are handled on a regular and routine basis.
Work that plan. Do you use a calendar? It’s a great way to schedule pool maintenance. Google Calendar for instance, is a great way to set up and schedule time for the pool, and allows you to add a reminder. That way, the pool maintenance doesn’t get overlooked or ignored. It’s easy to see pool maintenance on the schedule, and since you’re not that excited about it anyway, let it slide for today. “I really had to get the kids to soccer practice – I just couldn’t get around to the pool.” Experience will prove that ignoring problems doesn’t make them go away on their own. They have to be handled, and adhering to the plan will make life a lot easier in the long run.
Be regular about pool maintenance. The key to a pristine pool with wonderful clear water is regular, routine care. If a pool pump is broken, it’s not going to fix itself on its own. Someone will have to attend to it – either the pool owner, or a professional with a service company. It’s just part of the deal that the pool – like the kids, the pets and the house – needs regular attention. If the daily schedule is getting too packed to fit in regular pool maintenance, consider hiring a pool service to handle some of the tasks. They can stop by on a regular basis and check pH levels, add pool chemicals, clean debris out of the pool pump. The expense will pay off – it will likely be less than the problems associated with ignoring a broken pool pump, or a clogged pool filter.Spend some time on pool maintenance. Yes, you’ve scheduled in your pool maintenance. But have you scheduled enough time to really get the job done? It’s best to check a pool’s chemistry at least twice a week in the summer, and once a week over the winter. Make sure the pH level is checked often and stays at the proper level – around 7.5 is the proper level. Don’t let it get above 8.0, or drop below 7.0. You can’t just stick your hand in the water to make sure the pool is OK – the pool owner needs to spend that time to make sure the chemicals are in balance. If they’re not, “I’ll remember to add the chlorine tomorrow” is going to put the project on the back burner. After a while, the effects will build up and the pool will need a lot more work. Brushing the tiles and walls of the pool if they need it – if you allow algae to build up, or the pool tiles get calcified, it will require a specialist to clean them, leading to further expense.
Cleaning and maintaining the pool is not the glamorous part of owning a family swimming pool. But if handled the right way, it can be a minimal time expenditure, lowering expenses in the long run. It will bring about hours of pleasant pool time, having a dip while watching the kids play.