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Pool Maintenance Tips

Swimming pools require constant maintenance in order to stay clean and healthy for the entirety of the season. During heat waves and thunderstorms your pool may need to be more heavily monitored and maintained. Throughout the summer, there are 8 things you should do to keep your pool clean and healthy. Follow these pool maintenance tips to keep up with your pool throughout the summer:
  1. Skim the top – Skim as much debris off the top of the pool as possible, as often as possible. If you remove debris, such as leaves, bugs, and sticks, it’ll take some strain off of your filter.
  2. Clean your filter – Speaking of the pool’s filter, you should clean it about halfway through the pool season. Also be sure to clean it at the end of the pool season so the next season will be easy to start back up. Simply remove it from the case, and use a hose and spray off any of the grease and dirt that has built up. If you have troubles, you may need a filter cleaning solution to soak it in. (We also provide filter services, if you are not comfortable doing this yourself.)
  3. Check chemical levels – Your pool stays healthy primarily through your filter and chemical balancing. If either of these 2 are not performing or are inaccurate, it can cause your pool to cloud up and change colors. As you may expect, this is unhealthy for any pool. You should monitor your pool’s pH levels, alkalinity levels, calcium hardness, cyanuric acid/conditioner, and chlorine levels. Your testing kit has all of the numbers and instructions for testing these levels. It’s a good idea to have a pool professional come take a look at your pool’s levels at the beginning, middle, and end of the pool season to ensure the numbers are as accurate as possible. We recommend checking the levels about twice per week.
  4. Vacuum your pool – Vacuuming your pool gives you a huge advantage over the algae that may be building up. You may need to shock your pool and allow the filter to do the work before jumping in after opening up your pool. Vacuuming your pool at least monthly can keep algae from growing in your pool, making it safe to swim in.pool liner
  5. Check for cracks – Go for a quick walk around the edge of your pool and look for any cracks in the pool. If you have an inground vinyl swimming pool, make sure the liner has not slid out of place. If you notice any cracks or liner issues, be sure to contact a pool repair and maintenance professional as soon as possible before it gets too out of hand.
  6. Check and clean the pump basket – Check the pool’s pump basket for any debris. If you find any, be sure to remove it. While you’re looking at the basket, check for cracks and large holes in the basket itself and around the sealant. Be sure that when you’re done it primes up and fills with water. It’s a good idea to ask your pool professional to do this for you on each visit. It’s generally a quick and easy process.
  7. Maintain water levels – Make sure your water levels do not drop below the skimmer. If it does, it could damage your pump. If the water levels are dropping because of a dry season or excessive use (there’s nothing wrong with excessive use!) just be sure to get a hose and fill it up again. If necessary, you can drain your pool of water, but this is a rare case.
  8. Schedule pool maintenance visit – Your pool has a lot of moving parts, components, and levels to check. It’s easy to not understand some of the processes or even forget one entirely. In some cases, you may have extra features that are not easy to maintain and fix. A pool professional can go over everything your pool needs to be healthy, including some more complicated processes.
Contact Leisure Contracting today if you have an inground pool and are in need of pool maintenance.

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