Swim Pools contractors in Austin, Texas offer pool maintenance tips
Owning a swimming pool is a joy… and a lot of work. The “work” part of swimming pool ownership, the pool contractors from Swim Pure Pools in Austin, Texas offer tips for maintaining the pool equipment and keeping the swimming pool water clean and free of bacteria. Caring for a pool is a project that a do it yourselfer can take on, but many pool owners find it easier — and less expensive to work with a pool contractor for the maintenance and upkeep of the pool.
How To Maintain Your Swimming Pool Equipment
There are basic projects and tasks that need to be addressed to properly maintain a swimming pool and here are a few to consider:
- Keep the pool full. When the water evaporates, it must be refilled. If the water levels get too low, the pool equipment has to work harder and the pool chemicals can get out of balance. You can install an automatic device that will fill the pool when the water levels dip or you can pay attention to the levels and refill with a hose occasionally. You should check the water levels at least weekly — more often if you use the pool frequently.
- Know the basics of the swimming pool equipment. If you aren’t aware of how your pool equipment is supposed to sound (or not sound) or act, you won’t have any baseline of reference if the equipment stops working properly. You should know what kind of pool filter your pool has — sand, cartridge or DE. You should know how often it needs to be backwashed. You should be able to recognize the signs that the filter isn’t working as well as it should.
- The pool pump needs to be operating at a particular pounds per square inch (PSI) and if it drops below, you need to know that and you need to know how to address it — whether you fix it yourself or call a pool contractor. The pool pump needs to be run long enough to circulate every gallon of water at least once a day — that’s called “turnover.” Ask a pool contractor to help you determine how many hours it will take for your unique pool and your equipment to effectively turn the water over daily.
- You have to make time to keep up with water chemical testing, skimming of debris, vacuuming and adding chemicals. It may take longer than you anticipated. You do need to schedule time to do it regularly or you could very quickly be faced with an algae filled pool.
- If you’re hiring a pool contractor to keep up with pool maintenance tasks, take time to hire the “right” contractor for your family. You will want to meet with more than one potential contractor, ask for quotes and make a determination.
After you’ve hired a pool contractor, ask him for a brief lesson on the unique operation of your pool and its equipment so you can understand if something isn’t working correctly and know when to give him a call.