Keeping your pool clean and safe year round requires you to think about and keep tabs on many different things. You can either have a professional pool company help take care of these things for you, or you can put in the time and effort to take care of them yourself.
In maintaining your pool – check to see if any of these issues are present:
– Is the drain on the bottom of your pool obstructed or is there any debris around it?
– How is the water clarity in your pool? The bottom should be visible and the water crystal clear.
– Is the in-floor cleaning system working correctly? Your pool should be free of 99% of dirt and debris.
– Is your hose cleaner moving around the pool as it should?
– Does the level of the water in your pool seem too high or too low? It should be in the middle of the top tile row or approximately 6″ from the top edge.
– Are there any abnormal or strange odors?
Even though we’re a pool service, maintenance and repair company, we thought it would be good karma to share the best tips to help keep your pool clean and safe all year-round. For you pool owners in Chandler and the Valley of the Sun – the key to all of this is to stay on top of these things and to take care of your pool on a regular and consistent basis. Maintaining your pool on a regular basis can potentially save you big bucks and help to avoid major problems down the road and having to fix or repair your pool because of an emergency, or going to the pool store to get a bunch of expensive chemicals.
Just as your would take care of your home or car, preventative maintenance on your pool will help you enjoy your pool more, while reducing your overall cost of ownership over the long term. Read the tips below and see what you’re comfortable taking care of yourself. If you’d rather not deal with all of this, are not handy, or don’t like messing with chemicals – you know how to contact us.
Here are the Top 12 Tips for Keeping Your Swimming Pool Clean and Safe
- Check your pool chemistry 1-2 times per week during the summer and once per 1-2 weeks in the winter. You can use the simple pool testing strips that you match the colors against the chart. Your pool’s pH should be kept between 7.2 and 7.8. Quick note – the lower the pH of your pool water, the less chlorine you will need. Why? Because as pH rises chlorine starts becoming less and less active therefor many consumers just keep adding it. And, if you have not noticed, chlorine tabs are kind of expensive…
- Clean out skimmer baskets on a weekly basis. If a recent wind or dust storm has recently passed – you will likely need to check sooner and more often. The skimmer is installed in the side of the pool and its primary job is to skim the surface of the pool before debris and contaminants become saturated and float down to the bottom of the pool and potentially harm your filter. Your filter basket is covered by a round plastic panel on your deck – open it up, lift out the basket, dump contents into a trash bag, and replace the basket and plastic lid.
- Check your water level when you are out near your pool, is it too high or too low? Your water needs to be right at the center level of your pool skimmer or pool tile for the best results and performance. If it is low, it can run the pump dry and fry it, and if its too high, the skimmer door will not work properly.
- Clean the hair and lint pot located on the front of the pool pump every couple of weeks or as needed. Turn off the pump to do this and release pressure on the system. This is the basket installed just inside the clear glass of your swimming pool pump. People with any of the various styles will rarely need to do this. Instead, make sure to clean out the debris catcher or leaf basket similar to item 2 above.
- If you have a deck chlor or inline chlorinator these need to be regularly checked for proper chlorine tablet levels, loading or possible clogging.
- If you have an Ozonator make sure the light is on and it is actually working. Ozone as well as UV or a combination thereof can reduce the amount of chlorine your pool uses. There are different types, and many have different installation and use instructions. Make a point to be familiar with the one installed on yours.
- If you have a salt system, salt pool, or what some call a no-chlorine pool (which is an improper term as all pools need chlorine to stay clean and healthy) then you have a salt cell or what is otherwise known as a chlorine generator. The cell must be kept clean and your pool chemistry becomes even more critical for its proper function. Do not add to much salt, if you can taste it, your pool is likely over salted. Salt systems artificially push pH up… and when your pH is high, you’ll get more white marks on the pool tile and pool wall near your water features.
- Clean your filter regularly or as needed. The best filter for Arizona pools, in our opinion, are cartridge filters as they provide maximum flow rates, waste little valuable water, require no backwashing, get your pool water crystal clean and only need to be cleaned a couple of times a year. They also not not require to use the highly caustic Diatamaceous Earth (DE).
- If you start seeing any cracks around the perimeter of your pool between your deck and your tile, caulk it with a small bead of clear silicon (which you can get at your local Home Depot or Lowes). Allowing water to migrate from inside the pool into and under your deck will definitely create problem that will get worse as time moves on.
- Keep trees, bushes, plants, animals, and chemicals (like fertilizers or your pool chemicals) away from and out of the pool. Waste from birds and other animals, as well as leaves or grass help promote algae in your pool. Something you definitely do not want to have to deal with! Chemicals should always be stored in a cool place away from direct sunlight as well.
- Clean your tile line weekly with a pool brush or towel. This will help prevent a scum line from developing and one less thing that you’ll have to worry about. Also – keeping your pH low at the 7.2 range will help reduce the chance of deposits and a scum line forming
- Check your fence and gates to keep kids safe, especially the little ones! Gates should swing out away from the pool, not in, and should have a self-closing spring and a self-locking lift latch. Make sure any other pool safety systems are working properly on a regular basis.We hope you enjoyed these tips and learned a thing or two. If you’d rather not deal with all of this and don’t want the hassle – just give us a call at 480-630-1233.