Summertime means a lot of things, possibly including a trip
to the pool. Â But, if you happen to own
the pool, youâ€™ll know that summertime also means a lot of regular pool chores â€¦
and no one will enjoy your pool if you neglect them!Â To assure a great swimming season:
Regularly test your pool water chemistry. Â Twice a week provides a good base line because
itâ€™s easier to keep things in balance if you donâ€™t let them get out of
control.Â Make sure to check after
periods of heavy rain or even after a day with many swimmers.
Itâ€™s also important to keep your pH level as
close to 7.5 as possible and make sure your alkalinity stays within the
recommended levels. Â If you must add
chemicals, doing it in the evening is preferred to avoid the strong daytime sunlight
which has a weakening effect.
Make repairs promptly. Broken drains or suction
pipes are dangerous. Â Cracks in a pool
wall will worsen over time and wall liners eventually tear. Â Problems with pumping equipment can allow the
pool water to stagnate â€“ unsightly and unsafe too.
Keep things clean. No one wants to swim in a
pool with algae covered walls and debris on the bottom.Â Try a Polaris system to sweep the pool floor
and walls automatically or youâ€™ll need to brush and scrub floors, walls and
tile. And donâ€™t forget to regularly empty the skimmer baskets daily.Â If you have trees dropping debris, you may
need to do that multiple times each day.
Your pump has to run between 8 and 12 hours each
day to ensure proper circulation. Many people run their pumps around the
clock.Â Most have built in timers, so
youâ€™ll want to make sure theyâ€™re working properly.
Periodic backwashing of the sand filter is needed
every week or two, depending on the size of the pool.
Maintain a proper water level in the pool at all
times so that pumps and skimmers do not run dry, suck in air and impact the
proper function of your filtration system.
Once summer is over and temperatures begin to
fall, youâ€™ll need to properly winterize your pool and close down the equipment.Â Failing to do that could mean expensive
repairs the following season and those may not be covered by your home ownersâ€™
Maintaining a pool does take some work.Â But pool care is essential to maximizing its
value when the time comes to sell
your home.Â Â And if that time is now or
in the future, I
can help you get the
best price for your home.Â
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