There is nothing quite like being able to come home from a long day at work or school and slip into the warm, refreshing pool in your own backyard. Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall, Las Vegas pool owners are lucky enough to have a climate that allows you to keep your pools open and operating all year round. However, if your pool is not properly maintained, your luck can quickly go from good to bad.
Here are 7 of the most common mistakes pool owners make when maintaining their own pools.
1. Missing Out on Monitoring
The importance of monitoring the chemical balance of your pool cannot be overstated. Pool owners may forget to check the pool water as often as they need to or think it is okay to do it less frequently. This often means that restoring the chemical balance of the pool requires a big adjustment. Make sure you are monitoring the chemistry of your pool water at least once a week in the off-season and twice a week or more when usage is high.
2. Being Bad at Chemistry
Failing to monitor the chemical balance closely enough or to take action to correct any imbalance can lead to substandard conditions. If the pH of the water gets too high, it impacts the effectiveness of the chlorine.
3. Failing to Keep Things Clean
The skimmer basket, lint pot, and even the filter need to be cleaned/replaced as needed to keep water circulating and the pump and other equipment operating properly. It is also critical that the tile walls are cleaned often enough to inhibit the growth of algae. Failing to keep the tiles clean and clear can result in buildup that must be removed by a professional.
4. Adding Chemicals at the Wrong Time
Adding chemicals like chlorine in the morning or during the day can decrease their effectiveness.
5. Not Keeping Up with Minor Repairs
Pool owners who disregard small cracks or put off making small repairs are running the risk that those small problems will become big, expensive problems or safety hazards. Cracks near the top of the pool can enable water to travel out of the pool and damage the deck or surround. Broken drains can lead to costly damage and may even make swimming dangerous.
6. Skimping on Circulation
Some pool owners don’t run their pool pump long enough to ensure the water is circulating and the water flow is adequate to maintain the chemical balance and inhibit the growth of algae.
7. Failing to Monitor Water Levels
In order for the skimmers and pump to operate optimally, the water level in the pool must be monitored and maintained. If the water level in the pool gets too low, these pieces of equipment cannot operate efficiently which often results in excessive and unnecessary wear and tear.
It's imperative that you keep your pool clean and clear all year round. Fall and Spring is a great time to have repairs, pool drains and acid and chemical washes done. To properly maintain your pool, keeping it healthy, clean and clear all year round requires time and attention to detail !
Let us take care of the work so that you can enjoy the perfect setting for family fun and lifelong memories!
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Backyard pool parties are still in full swing, you can explore all of the entertaining activities that you can do in and around your swimming pool. Countless hours of fun and fitness await you!
Dolphins and Sharks
Start the game by gathering everyone into the middle of the pool. Divide half the players into dolphins and the other half into sharks, leaving one player to be the leader. Designate one end of the pool as the dolphins' safe point and the other end as the sharks' safe point. When ready, the leader calls out either "dolphins" or "sharks." Whichever group you called has to quickly swim away to their safety point while their opponents chase them, trying to tag as many as possible. Throughout the game, randomly call out either team. Any player tagged has to join the enemy team. The game ends when all players have become part of one team.
Frozen T-shirt Contest
Dunk 2 shirts in water and freeze for 2-3 days. During your event, take the shirts out and divide your friends into 2 groups. Each group is racing to thaw and put on the shirt. You can use anything in the yard to thaw it: hose, pool, slam it on the pavement, use your hands, breath on it, etc. Every 15 seconds you switch the person thawing the shirt. Have someone shout out "switch" ever 15 seconds. The first one team to thaw it and puts it on one of their teammates wins.
Ping Pong Scrambler
Players form a large circle in the pool and scramble to collect ping pong balls and place them in their container. Dump a large container of ping pong balls in the middle of the players circle. Whoever collects the most balls wins! Have them collect them in different colored laundry baskets or buckets that are placed on the edge of the pool. Variation: Before the party use permanent markers to give each ping pong ball a point value. The team with the highest score wins. Or place a small colored dot on each ball in different colors. Teams must only collect the balls with their color.
Funny relay race for individuals or teams. Players must push a watermelon from one end of the pool to the other without touching the bottom of the pool with their feet. Rub a little Vaseline on the melon for some extra fun!
Diving For Treasure
The third top pool game is called Diving for Treasure. Pick one person to be the sea monster. Then throw fake gold coins into the swimming pool. Everyone must try to dive for the gold coins without getting tagged by the sea monster. If they get tagged, they must drop the coin back into the water and wait ten seconds before joining the game again. The coins that are collected can be set in different piles by the edge of the pool. When all of the coins have been collected, the kid with the most coins wins!