Maintenance, St. George Pool Services
Pool Maintenance 101 – Pool maintenance is crucial to having a pool long term. Being able to ensure that all of the systems and tools that keep a pool in optimal condition is the best way to be able to enjoy your pool for years to come. At St George Pool Services, we want to help you have the pool that sparkles in the sun, and you and your family can enjoy for years to come! Some of the things that we suggest to have done are fairly simple and can be done by the owner of the pool, while others may require a little more expertise. This is where we come in. Whether you want to take as much responsibility on the upkeep of your swimming pool, or if you are the type of person who wants to focus on enjoying the benefits while allowing professionals to do all of the work, we are here to fill in your needs. Some of the things we recommend:
Cleaning Debris: it's one of the easiest things, and probably one of the most obvious activities. Cleaning debris from the surface of the pool is easy. Who wants to swim in a pool with leaves and bugs and other things that can accumulate on the water surface? Nobody does! This should be done daily, and at the very least before each use of the pool.
Empty skimmer basket: This goes along with cleaning the surface of the pool. The skimmer basket is where the debris should go if the pool is functioning properly. Clearing that can allow for more debris to circulate and get collected, and again, is very easy for anyone to do.
Chlorine Levels Test: Most pools are use chlorine to keep the pool clean. Having the proper chlorine level is key - too low of a level and your pool can develop bacteria and algae a lot easier. Too high of a chlorine level can cause irritation on the skin and eyes of those trying to enjoy the pool. There are at-home test kits that you can use to test the water, and optimal chlorine levels are between 1.0 - 3.0 ppm (parts per million). This can be done by anyone, and if there is an imbalance it can be easily adjusted.
pH Balance: Proper pH balance is essential to maintaining a healthy pool. The pH scale goes from 0-14. 0-7 is acidic, and 8-14 is alkaline or base. 7 is neutral. The optimum pH for pool water is 7.4-7.6, which is the same as the pH in human eyes and mucous membranes. Having too low of a pH balance (acidic) can irritate the eyes. Having too high of a pH balance deactivate the chlorine. High or low pH can damage vinyl liners and cause corrosion to the pool itself. Just as there are kits with chlorine level tests, there are kits you can use to test your pH levels and ways to balance out as needed.
Brushing/Vacuuming Pool: It's important to brush and vacuum your pool weekly. This can help protect against possible algae buildup. The process can be done by getting an automatic cleaner, you can do it manually, or you can have a professional come out for a weekly visit.
Algae Preventer: Should you run into a problem of algae build up, or just want to make the weekly cleaning process easier, adding algae preventer does allow for easier maintenance. Before doing this, if you do it on your own, first consult a professional.
Shocking: Adding chemicals to "shock" your system is necessary periodically. If you own an outdoor pool, it is especially recommended after a rainstorm or windstorm especially, or after heavy usage. These things can cause a massive imbalance of chemicals and by shocking the pool it can quickly restore the chemical balance necessary to safely enjoy your pool again. This should be done by a professional, but if you want to do it on your own, again, please consult a professional first.
Monthly Service visit: having a professional pool service come look at your pool monthly is an easy way to ensure that everything you are doing is being done properly. The check will look at filters, and make sure all chemicals are balanced and that the walls and floor of the pool are in good condition. If you are more of a DIY person, you can get guidance as to other tips and tricks that you can do for your specific pool needs.
Pool Filter Cleaning: Doing more than just an inspection, a pool filter cleaning should be done about every 6 months. If the pool filter is working and is clean, this can help you avoid major problems and potential break downs in the long run.
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