When it comes to taking care of your pool, you want to do what's best for it. There are a number of things that you know to do with your pool if you're a seasoned pool owner. However, do you know of the few things that you shouldn't do with your pool? There are a number of things that are bad for your pool that you should make sure you are avoiding in order to ensure your pool stays as healthy as possible.
Ignoring Your Cleaning Duties
When it comes to pool maintenance, the number 1 thing that you should be doing for your pool is cleaning it. There are a variety of ways that you can clean your pool: by making sure that your filter is clean, by raking up any floating debris, or investing in a vacuum that will undoubtedly make your life much easier. Ignoring your cleaning duties, however, can not just make for an unsightly pool, but it can shorten its lifespan, as well. Uncleaned pools can suffer from cracks that will damage its basin, and unclean filters can lead to clogs which can severely damage your drains.
If you feel like you can't properly clean your pool yourself as it needs to be cleaned, hire a swimming pool service. These services will come to your home as often as you need, depending on your pool use, to balance the chemicals, clean the filter, and do any other cleaning tasks that are essential for the health of your pool.
Ignoring Your Salt Water Pool
One of the biggest problems that first time owners of salt water pools run into is that they tend to believe that such pools are self sufficient. Nothing is further from the case. While generally easier to maintain than chlorine based pools, salt-water pools are not self-sufficient. You must diligently watch the pH levels of salt water pools, making sure that they do not get either too low or too high. Saline solutions must occasionally be added to salt water pools so that they meet the integrity of cleanliness that you demand from them. You also need to monitor the salinity of your pool, ensuring that it is between 2500-4500 parts per million.
Ignoring Your Pool Pump
A pool pump sort of acts like the heart of your pool. It keeps water consistently flowing throughout your pool; the water is reabsorbed and then it is pumped back out. However, like hearts, pool pumps can get old. The older you get, the harder your heart works to pump the same amount of blood. This can serve to tire your old heart out. The same thing stands for a pool pump. If your pump is old, it's time for a change.
Lacking Algae Control
If you do not use the proper products for controlling algae, you're doing a great disservice to your family and your pool itself. When you do not use cleaning products that prevent the rise of algae, you may find your pool turning green one day. This can cause some serious issues, especially with your filter and pump. In some cases you may have to replace them. You will also not be able to swim in the pool, as algae creates dangerous conditions which are ripe for disease, such as E. coli.
Now that you know what the worst things are for your pool and what not to do with your pool, it's time to go and take great care of your pool so you can enjoy your investment. Don't sweat the small things and enjoy your pool for what it is: the ultimate source of a good time!