Beginner Guide to Proper Pool Care
Beginner Guide to Proper Pool Care

As a swimming pool owner, it’s your responsibility to take care of your investment. Pool repair isn’t exactly cheap. In 2015, homeowners were paying $350 to $800 for a new pool pump motor and $6,000 to $15,000 or more for pool resurfacing. The costs have increased ever since.

Adequate pool care could save you thousands of dollars a year. Plus, it will increase the lifespan of your pool and its components. Not to mention that you’ll enjoy a safe swimming experience!

Not sure where to start? Here are some handy pool care tips to help you out:

Check Pool Chemistry

Make a habit out of checking pool chemistry at least once a week in the summer and once or twice a week during the cold winter months. Ideally, the water pH should be 7.2 to 7.6. If you can keep it below 7.4, that’s even better.

A high pH can lead to skin irritation, poor disinfection, and cloudy water. A low pH, on the other hand, will result in harsh water that can damage the poor liner and mechanical parts.

Keep Your Pool Clean

Clean the water as well as the pool skimmer and pump basket regularly. Use a long-handled net to remove debris, tree branches, leaves, and other foreign objects. Vacuum any debris from the bottom of your pool.

Backwash the filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The filter basket should be cleaned at least once a week. Remember to keep the pool cover clean too.

Control Algae

Chlorine alone won’t keep algae at bay. If left uncontrolled, algae can turn the water green and stop you from using the pool.

To prevent this issue, shock the pool weekly and use algaecide at least once a week. The best time to do it is in the evening when the sun’s UV rays are less likely to interfere with the chlorine.

Maintain Optimal Water Levels

Check and maintain the water level every day, especially after removing debris. Make sure it doesn’t fall below the level of the skimmer. Beware that it’s not recommended to completely empty your pool in the winter.

Power Wash the Deck

An outdoor rectangular swimming pool surrounded by deck chairs with tropical trees in the background

The pool deck can easily become contaminated with bacteria, oils, dirt, and debris. This stuff can end up in the water, affecting its chemistry as well as your health. Take the time to power wash the pool deck daily to keep the water clean.

These are just a few of the things you need to do for proper pool care. Don’t hesitate to contact the pros! A pool maintenance expert can offer custom recommendations and help you protect your investment.