Pool Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid

Publication date : Monday, April 14th, 2014

Swimming pool maintenance is essential to keep your pool clean, safe, and looking its best. These important tasks aren’t difficult and don’t take much time, but they are often overlooked. Keep reading for a few simple pool maintenance mistakes you can avoid for safe swimming all season long.

Not Checking or Correcting Chemistry
Your pool’s chemistry is a delicate balance that can easily be disrupted by body oils, sweat, and rainwater. Checking the chemistry and pH of your water often allows you to make small changes and exert better control over your water quality. Measure your pool water’s pH, alkalinity, total dissolved solids, and calcium on a regular basis. Alkalinity, pH, and chlorine levels should be checked once or twice a week; measure total dissolved solids and calcium hardness once a month.

Backwashing Filters Too Often
While it’s true that a clean pool filter is essential for removing solids, sand and DE filters actually work better when they have collected some debris. Cleaning these filters out too often reduces their efficiency and wastes unnecessary water. Wait until the pressure on your sand or DE filter has risen 10-15 lbs above the clean value, then backwash the filter.

Not Replacing Broken Parts
Your swimming pool may seem simple on the surface, but it relies on a series of pumps, drains, and filters to stay clean and safe. These systems wear out with time, and worn or broken parts should be promptly replaced. Damaged drains or suction sources create a significant safety hazard for swimmers and can lead to clogged pipes. A poorly- or non-functioning filter does not clean the water adequately, allowing debris to stain your pool and contaminants to remain in the water.

Paradise Pools And Spas offers a variety of pool maintenance packages to help you maintain your pool and prepare it for the winter months. Click on our website to find out more about our current special offers. You can contact a pool expert by calling (888) 928-0360.

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