Summer will be here before you know it. And when it gets here, you want to be sure you care for your pool appropriately. Maintenance is the best prescription for a safe and problem-free swim season.
Here are some tips from one of the top pool equipment supply companies in the world, Zodiac Pool Care, Inc.: The movement of water through your pumps and filters distributes chemicals and cleans your pool or spa. Your pumps need to run every day to ensure adequate filtration to keep your water clean and sparkling. You need the right filters for your pool, and the correct size of pump and filter is critical. And if you have a sand filter, the sand needs to be changed every two years. Regularly clean your pump, filter and skimmer baskets. This should be done weekly—more often if your backyard is windy and with trees or loose sand nearby. Also backwash your filter for three to five minutes, and then rinse it for one minute every week. If you are using a non-self-cleaning Salt Chlorinator, clean the Chlorinator cell weekly. And of course, keep the surface of your pool clean with a pool skim net as needed.
You should test the water in your pool weekly so that you maintain the proper levels of chlorine and the correct pH balance. At least once a month take a sample of the water into an authorized pool retailer’s “laboratory” for testing. This action will save you time and money in the long run.
Always add the correct chemicals in the correct quantities for safe, sparkling and algae-free water. When dissolving chemicals, NEVER add water to chemicals only add chemicals to water. Also, DO NOT use a metal bucket when dissolving pool or spa chemicals. Finally, know who you can rely upon in case of an emergency. Last year, when the Northeast was struck by a powerful hurricane, broken tree limbs ended up in pools and spas. Before something like this happens, you want to know that your pool service company can handle the situation.
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