Pools are an excellent addition to any home, and instantly turn your backyard into a waterfront paradise. Whether you intend it to be the location for weekend parties with your friends and family, a new form of exercise by swimming some laps, a way for your kids to stay busy and get outdoors, or a combination of the three — pools will always be an excellent addition to a home and even lead to increases in property value.
But something important that pool owners must keep in mind is the importance of routine maintenance. Without formulating a proper pool maintenance routine, your pool could easily end up with green water, algae build-up, broken filters, and leave you paying through the roof in energy costs, just to name a few common problems. And when this happens, your backyard goes from paradise to a place people will want to avoid.
In today’s post, we will be going over a few maintenance tips that all pool owners need to know, regardless if you are a first-time pool owner or have been a proud pool owner for many years.
Read on to learn more and contact us at Blue-White Pool and Spa for any further questions or to purchase our cutting-edge FLOWREAD™ pool efficiency flowmeter today.
Make skimming and scrubbing a part of your daily routine.
Something that can often get overlooked is the importance of routine skimming of your pool, which is something that should be done daily. Or, if you have the money to spend, there are robot pool vacuums on the market that will clean the bottom of your pool for you to assist you with the skimming process.
Scrubbing the sides of your pool is also important in order to prevent any algae build-up. Luckily, this doesn’t need to be done quite as often — especially if your pool is turning water over at a proper rate through your filtration system. A great way to see if your pool is turning water over at an efficient rate is to purchase a flowmeter, such as the FLOWREAD™, that can be easily installed to your existing pool system without needing to remove any piping as many other flowmeters require.
Keep chemical levels consistent.
Maintaining consistent chemical levels in your pool is arguably the most important part of pool maintenance. When you have improperly balanced water, it not only looks murky but can even cause your pool to become a breeding ground for bacteria and cause irritated skin and eyes.
Make sure to test your pool water once a week (ideally). This is a simple process that only requires a few testing kids from your local or online pool store of choice. All that you need to do is take a sample of your pool’s water and add the provided solution to the testing kit. After a couple of seconds, the sample water will change color and allow you to compare the color of the sample water to the colors on the testing kit to help you determine your pool’s current chemical levels. From there, you are able to adjust the chemical levels of your pool as needed to achieve an ideal chemical balance.
According to the CDC, there are six pool chemical levels that need to be considered, which are:
- Free chlorine, which is a sanitizer that keeps your pool water safe and germ-free.
- Cyanuric acid, which protects chlorine from sunlight and determines the required free chlorine level. The ideal reading for outdoor pools is typically between 30-50.
- Calcium hardness, which you will want to aim for 220-350 (lower for pools with vinyl siding) in order to prevent plaster damage.
- Acidity/Alkalinity, also known as the PH level. The acidity of your pool needs to be kept between 7.5 and 7.8 in order to prevent skin irritation and protect your pool equipment from eroding.
- Total alkalinity, which helps keep the PH in balance and should be within the range of 60-120.
When all of these chemicals are in balance and your pool system is running efficiently, your pool water should be crystal clear, have little to no scent, and leave very little residue on your skin.
Use a tennis ball to absorb any oils in the water.
Take a moment to think about the oils that can get brought into your pool — sunscreen, hair products, tanning oil, and even the natural oils that are produced by our own skin. While it may not be the most pleasant thing to think about getting left behind in your pool, there is an easy, often unheard of, solution to this problem
Simply throw a tennis ball into the water. The fibers used to make tennis balls help absorb the oils and keep them from leaving a slick sheen on the top of your pool water. Give it a try for yourself!
Invest in a pool efficiency flowmeter.
Owning a pool can be expensive, which is one of the many reasons why having a flowmeter to monitor your pool’s flow rate is extremely beneficial.
Without even realizing it, our pool pumps are often working much harder than they need to be in order to keep our pools clean. With a flowmeter like the FLOWREAD™ from Blue-White Pool and Spa, you get an accurate reading of your poo’s flow rate so that you can adjust it to the most efficient and cost-effective level while maintaining your pool’s cleanliness. Plus, the FLOWREAD™ is easy-to-install and can be attached directly to your current pool system without the hassle of taking it apart.
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Keep a close eye on the water level.
The water level of your pool will naturally fluctuate after a heavy rainstorm or after an afternoon of kids doing cannonballs, but you will always just want to make sure that your pool’s water level is halfway up the opening of your skimmer.
If the water level is too low, simply add the necessary amount of water back in with a garden hose. If the water level is too high, on the other hand, rent a submersible pump from your local home improvement store to drain the excess water. Just be sure to keep in mind that your pool’s liner could be easily damaged by the weight of the pump if it is made of a vinyl or fiberglass material, so you will want to consider consulting with a professional if that is the case.
Be sure to re-check your chemicals once you have reached the appropriate water level for your pool, as the fluctuations will likely have thrown them off-balance.
Start saving money with the FLOWREAD™ pool efficiency flowmeter!
We hope today’s tips helped you discover something you maybe didn’t know about pool maintenance or answered a question you may have had regarding the upkeep of your pool. To make things easier for you, we even created a cheat sheet below that you can print off and keep on your fridge as a reminder if you are like the many others who need a reminder every now and then about pool upkeep. Be sure to check back here for future pool maintenance tips and tricks, and if you are ready to start saving hundreds of dollars in energy costs by finding an efficient flow rate for your pool, be sure to check out the easy-to-install FLOWREAD™ pool efficiency flowmeter from Blue-White Pool and Spa today.