Maintaining Your Swimming Pool Like a Pro: A Helpful Guide

If you are fortunate enough to own your own swimming pool, then you need to make sure that it’s properly maintained. A lot of homeowners don’t take care of their pools, mainly out of ignorance. Some people seem to think that pools look after themselves but this isn’t true. Not maintaining and looking after your pool will result in algae growth, which can make using your pool dangerous.

Swimming pools are a big responsibility. This post will break down and explore how you can maintain yours like a pro.

Maintaining Your Swimming Pool Like a Pro

Robotic Cleaners

If you don’t have the time to clean your pool by hand, then why not buy a robotic cleaner? A robotic cleaner is a fantastic investment to make because it can remove all debris, dirt, and bacteria from your pool’s surface.

One of the main benefits of a Maytronics Dolphin robotic swimming pool cleaner (which is one of the pool industry’s leading pieces of equipment) is that you can program it to clean using a smartphone app. Because the Maytronics Dolphin cleaner and many other devices can be programmed remotely, this means that you can clean your pool without even being at home.

Hiring Pool Boy

A ‘pool boy’ is a professional pool cleaner. To be honest, there is really no need to hire a pool boy when you have a robotic cleaner. Despite this, many people still hire them just so that they can be sure that their pools are properly cleaned. A pool boy will be able to come into your house once or twice a month, check your pool over, remove surface debris, and inspect your pool for any cracks or damages.

Removing Debris

Debris will inevitably appear on your pool’s surface. The most common surface debris found floating in swimming pools is leaves.  You may also get plastic packaging, bits of paper, and animal waste. Floating debris can be removed quite easily with the use of a net. If animal waste is on your pool’s surface then you should re-treat your pool with chemicals just to eliminate any that might have dispersed into your pool’s water. Debris is usually very easy to remove. You can buy a net from a pool supply store. A pool cleaner will bring their own net.

Algae Monitoring

Algae is a big problem. If you don’t prevent algae growth, then your pool will become unusable. Attempting to swim in water that’s been contaminated with algae can lead to you developing rashes and even skin infections. Fortunately, algae can be prevented quite effectively by regularly chemically treating your pool.

You can also prevent algae from growing by covering your pool up when you aren’t using it. In addition to algae, mould is also a risk. Mould can grow inside your pool’s filter or on the walls. If you notice any mould, make sure that you treat it immediately. Mould can cause many of the same problems as algae.

Pest Control

Pests won’t be much of a problem for you if you live in a city. However, if you live in a rural area, then pests are something that you need to watch out for. The most common pests in people’s gardens are foxes, deer, bears, and rabbits.

Foxes, deer, and rabbits are mostly harmless and will just try to drink out of your pool. Bears on the other hand can be very dangerous. You should employ a professional pest control company to come in and get rid of pests if you notice any. Ducks can also be an annoyance, too.

Chemical Treatment

Chemical treatment should be performed regularly. The frequency with which you need to treat your pool depends largely upon its size, how much use it gets, and where you are located geographically.

If you are not sure how often you should be treating your swimming pool then you should reach out to the company from whom you bought it. Your swimming pool’s distributor or manufacturer will be able to give you advice on maintaining and looking after it. You can also find this information online, though it’s better to talk to people who are experts about your specific pool.

Draining Water

You need to drain and replace your pool’s water from time to time. Once you have refilled your swimming pool then you need to make sure that it’s chemically treated properly.

If you have no idea how you are supposed to drain and refill your pool, then you can pay a professional pool repairman to come in and do it for you. You may be able to pay the company who fitted your pool to come in and perform the water replacement for you. Some companies offer this service for free for a fixed number of years after they have installed a pool.

Cleaning Filter

When your pool’s filter is working properly, debris blown into your pool by the wind will be carried away. Your pool’s filter is its first line of defence against contamination and dirt. It eliminates dirt and leaves your pool water clean.

However, because pool filters are responsible for carrying away dirt and debris, they sometimes get blocked. If your pool’s filter gets blocked, then it won’t work anymore. If it stops working then your robotic pool cleaner will have a lot more work to do, and your pool could become unfit for use. Make sure to regularly clean out your filter and clear away any blockages.

Regular Maintenance

Finally, make sure that you regularly maintain and look after your pool. As mentioned previously, your pool needs to be inspected for any cracks or damages. If a crack occurs, it could damage your pool’s structural integrity.

The best way to identify cracks is to dive into your pool wearing a snorkel. In addition to looking for cracks, you also need to inspect your pool for any stains, water colour changes, and dirt. Keeping your pool clean will keep it usable and safe.

Swimming pools are a lot of fun to own. They give you somewhere to hang out with friends, your family, or just alone. If you don’t take care of your pool, however, then you won’t be able to use it. This article’s guidance will help you to keep your pool in good condition.

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