Pool Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid Pool Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid
Avoid making common pool maintenance errors to keep your pool clean. Keep your pool equipment clean and in good operation condition, for example, to reduce many possible problems. Other mistakes are ignoring the alkalinity of the water, removing algae, and adding the chemicals at the wrong time
Avoid Dirty Skimmers and Filters
Effective pool maintenance begins with clean filters and skimmer baskets. Keeping contaminants out of the water is the first step of making it healthy, and that is what your pool skimmer and other filters are built to do.
It is a good idea to check your filters often, and replace them as necessary. In turn, removing debris from the water will reflect on the alkalinity and salinity of the water. Replace your manual skimmer with a solar powered automatic skimmer, and it will operate itself whenever the sun is shining.
Don't Forget to Test the Pool
In addition to pool filter maintenance, check the water frequently for the pH level. In the summer, when the pool is expected to be used more often, test the water twice a week, for best results. Never treat the water automatically as you may make the wrong corrections. Unless the pool water is obviously green with life, it is not possible to judge the condition of the water by looking at it.
Avoid Neglecting the Pumping System
Make sure that pool pump maintenance including check connectors and water flow. Remove any clogs or other obstructions. Additionally, make sure that the pump is being operated often enough. Failure to do so could result in a fast clogging filter, or even ruin it completely. If you have a single speed pump, make sure that it runs for at least 2 to 4 hours a day. Many systems include a 2 speed pump that can operate continually.
Don't Ignore Thorough Cleaning
Part of your pool cleaning routine should include using a brush on the inner sides and bottom of the pool. Even though the pool water is treated, some forms of algae may be able to gain a purchase against the walls, and must be removed in order to be filtered out of the water.
Use a pole with a brush mounted on the end to reach everywhere on the inner surface of the pool. In most cases, you can recognize a layer of algae on the pool sides by a slick, slippery feel. When clean, a pool liner should not be slippery, as that increases the danger to people who use the pool.
Avoid Mistakes Associated with Adding Chemicals
Before you treat your pool, check the water level and make sure that it is where it ought to be. Adding the treatment with a low water level increases the concentration and could have negative effects. Additionally, never add chemicals to the pool during the day. Sunlight can have a dramatic effect on many pool chemicals, causing the water to become cloudy, or odoriferous. Always add chemicals to the pool in the evening, allowing them to do their work overnight.