Tips For Staying Ahead Of Pool Maintenance

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Keeping a pool in top shape can be a challenge, and the job is one that people often ask a pool maintenance service provider to handle. There are, however, many small things you can do yourself to reduce the chance you'll have to call a professional.

Be Diligent with Using a Pool Cover

Evaporation is a major problem in terms of overall efficiency, with an estimated 50% to 70% of water loss going into the air. Pool covers are usually good for one or two seasons, and they can help you improve efficiency significantly.

From a maintenance perspective, a pool cover also helps. When evaporation occurs, you end up dealing with more than just lost water. That shift in water context also significantly changes the chemical composition of your pool's water. This can produce major shifts in chlorination, PH levels, and overall water hardness. All of that can end up putting a bigger strain on your filters and pumps because the mixture of water and chemicals doesn't flow the same as when there's more H2O in the system.

Turn Ventilation Off

Owners of indoor pools can also further reduce losses to evaporation by turning off ventilation. This is an especially good choice if you know you're not going to use the pool for a while. It's worth the time, however, to occasionally vent the room to prevent mold.

Pool Chemical Storage

You want every system to be working as close to peak efficiency as possible. One way to accomplish this is to ensure all your chemicals for the pool are stored in a cool, dark place. This works well because chemicals often interact when subjected to heat or sunlight. Not only will this make your place safer, but it'll ensure the chemicals will work as expected when they're used.

Lower the Pool Temperature

If you have a heated pool, increasing the temperature will cost you in terms of electrical consumption and in promoting bacterial growth. Your pool's filtration and treatment systems will have to work harder, and you'll also have to use more chemicals to keep the water safe.

Test the Water Regularly

Purchase a number of testing kits and use them at least every week to verify that the chemical balance in the pool is safe. Chlorine levels need to be kept between 1.0 and 10.0 ppm, and the pH levels need to be maintained at 7.2 to 8.0. For more information, contact a pool maintenance service.

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