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 !
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