Avoid Common Pool Mistakes
Swimming pool maintenance does not have to be difficult, but knowing how to properly maintain your pool by avoiding common mistakes will make it a much more rewarding experience as well as a safer place for family fun.
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Avoiding Common Swimming Pool Maintenance Mistakes
Swimming pool maintenance does not have to be difficult, but knowing how to properly maintain your pool by avoiding common mistakes will make it a much more rewarding experience as well as a safer place for family fun. Follow these tips for easy pool maintenance:
- Check pool chemistry often – You should check the pool’s chemistry at least twice a week in the summer and once a week in the winter. By doing this you can make minor adjustments to your water chemistry.
- Don’t allow the pH level to get above 8.0 – At 8.5, chlorine is only about 10% active. At 7.0, chlorine is about 73% active. If you maintain pH around 7.5, the chlorine will be 50-60% active. Keeping the pH in check will allow you to use the full potential of the chlorine that is already in the pool.
- Keep the alkalinity between 80-140 PPM – Low or high alkalinity can affect water balance and ultimately a sanitizer’s ability to perform.
- Check TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) on a regular basis – Check the TDS every 6 months and calcium hardness once a month.
- Clean the cells in salt water systems – If you don’t clean the cells in chlorine generators, those calcified and corroded cells will produce little chlorine.
- Don’t backwash sand or DE filters too often – If you backwash sand or DE filters too often, the filter cannot reach its cleaning potential and you are wasting water. Most filters require backwashing when the pressure gauge rises 8-10 psi from clean.
- Clean the skimmer basket in the pool pump often – If these are full of debris, you will get little flow resulting in poor circulation.
- Don’t add chemicals during the day – You will get more out of chemicals if you add them after the sun has set.
- Brush the walls and tile often – If your circulation system is suspect, brushing down the walls will help eliminate algae problems. Keeping your tile clean will save you money. If the tile gets calcified, it will require a specialist to clean it off.
- Run your pumps adequately – A good rule of thumb is to run your pump about 1 hour for every 10º of temperature. Circulation is the key to a low maintenance swimming pool.
- Replace broken or missing drains and suction sources – This can be very a very dangerous hazard. Also remember to replace any fencing, rails or decking in disrepair.
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