Having a private pool is a great thing. For most longtime owners, they have either been informed on how to maintain their pools or they have learnt it the hard way. If you are a pool owner, proper pool maintenance is important.
Taking care of your pool should be meticulously planned and timed. You don’t want to miss out on any important bits. At times, a simple neglect can cost you a lot.
There are many things, written and unwritten that you should do to maintain your pool. Today, we will look at the major ones that would have an adverse effect and shorten your pools lifespan.
Poor pH Levels Maintenance
The pool’s pH matters a lot. The growth of algae is vastly influenced by the water’s pH level. As a pool owner, a good pH level should be maintained between 7.4 and 7.6. If it goes beyond this, the environment will be conducive for algae growth. You might think that the opposite will be good, this is not necessarily the case.
High acidity (low pH) can be dangerous to your equipment. It can corrode your filters, the solar blanket, the pump itself and even the automatic cleaner if you have one.
To ensure that your pH levels are always at par, test the water regularly. Dependent on the findings, add your acids or alkaline like sodium bicarbonate to lower or raise it respectively.
Poor Maintenance of The Calcium Hardiness
Just as much as you have to monitor your pH levels, you also have to monitor and balance your calcium hardiness. With balanced calcium hardiness, you can protect and prolong the lifespan of your plaster and concrete, filters, vinyl liners and fiberglass.
The obvious benefits of a good balance in calcium hardiness are the water clarity and cleanliness. Who doesn’t want that?
Caution: too much will cloud the water.
Shocking The Pool in The Day
Shocking, also known as super chlorination, is a standard pool maintenance process intended to clean your pool by removing chloramines. These are the byproducts of chlorine after cleaning the water (mixture with ammonia).
Chemicals used in shocking are reactive to the sun. When you shock your pool during the day, this means that you will not be able to achieve your intended outcome.
A good shocking should be done in the evening to run through the night. At this time, do not use the pool.
Switching Off The Pool Pump
I don’t mean that it should run forever, no. I know that you might be thinking that you will be saving on cash if you cut the pump. This is not entirely true. Proper pool maintenance dictates that you should run your pump for not less than 8 hours a day.
The reason for this is to ensure that all the water runs through the skimmer and filter system. This helps with the removal of debris that would cause the growth of algae.
These are just but a few things that pool owners of caretakers overlook. When you can take care of these, you can easily keep your pool healthy and increase its lifespans.