Pool Spa Maintenance Pool Spa Maintenance

Undertaking regular pool spa maintenance at home is a great way of preventing common problems and delaying unnecessary repairs - thus extending the shelf life of the current pool and spa system and saving a lot of money on repairs that can be avoided. Having the right knowledge on how to maintain one’s pool and spa at home can shave off lots of money on maintenance expenses and prevent problems such as algae growth and bacterial infestations in the water, damaged tiling, chemical imbalances and hygiene problems. One doesn't necessarily need to hire a maintenance man for pool maintenance, it's a simple do it yourself job which can be completed with the aid of some tools and kits.

Basic Materials and Tools

  • Cleaning net
  • Cleaning brushes
  • Pool and spa maintenance kit
  • Muriatic acid
  • Chlorine solutions
  • Pool and spa test kits
  • Chlorine floats
  • Water pressure tester
  • Pool cover
  • Automatic cleaning kits

Step 1: Testing the Water Regularly

The first step of pool spa maintenance is to keep a regular check on the state of the pool water. The first priority is to check the chemical balance of the water. This tells one whether more chlorine needs to be added, if the acidic content of the water is pushing prescribed levels, if the alkaline balance, the pH level and the calcium content in the water are at safe levels and so on. These readings are vital as they determine how safe the water is. Failing to do so can cause various skin, hair, eye and other health problems and lead to bacteria growth and water pollution. Using the pool and spa test kits one can easily dip the reading device in the water and get an accurate marking of the chemical content.

Step 2: Cleaning the Water on a Frequent Basis

The first step to clean water is to run the pool filter a minimum 8 to 12 hours in the day. As the water keeps getting circulated it will keep getting cleansed. Thoroughly cleaning the water regularly will prevent any toxic buildup and any health problems. Chlorine needs to be added to the water regularly to help fight bacteria and other germs. One can purchase chlorine pellets, sticks, powders and granules. Apart from this one should also use cleaning nets to pick out any stray leaves or other debris that might fall into the pool from day to day.  

Step 3: Inspect Systems Regularly

Maintenance and upkeep of the pool spa involves making sure that all equipment and systems are in fine working order. This involves frequently checking all mechanical parts of the pool system such as the pool filter, the pool pump and any other motorized or solar power devices that one has attached to the pool. By checking regularly one can detect problems while they are still in a nascent stage and hence forestall large-scale damages and exorbitant expenses. Toxic buildups can cause diseases and allergic reactions which can end up causing thousands in health care. Also, pool filters can be very expensive to replace if they aren't maintained properly.

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