New Pool Owner? Here are 5 Tips to Keep your pool in Top Condition Year-Round
Have you finally decided to make the most of this beautiful Florida weather and install a swimming pool in your backyard? Or recently moved and now have a pool that’s perfect for cooling off in?
While we’re all aware of the benefits and fun we can have in a pool, few of
us know how to keep them clean and in top working condition.
To help you here are some tips for keeping it fresh, clean, and swim-ready all year round:
Regularly Clean Your Filters
How frequently you’ll need to clean the filter depends on the type of pool filter you use. Some of the most common types are cartridge, sand, and diatomaceous earth (DE) filters. Normally, filters need to be cleaned once the pressure gauge indicates an increase of 7–10 psi, and if you’re using your pool through most of the year – or keeping the cover off, this will be more frequent than someone with a pool in a colder state. Of course, if you have a pool maintenance company care for your pool, they’ll take care of this for you.
Regularly Check Your Pump
Your pool pump plays an important role in pool care. If it stops functioning, the water in your pool will not circulate, which will lead to your pool becoming dirty and at risk of developing algae. The length of time you should keep it running will depend on factors such as your pool size and swimmer load, but generally, most pool filtration systems are sized to circulate and filter the water twice every 8 hours. It is recommended that you run your pool pump for 6-8 hours in the winter and 10-12 hours in the summer. If you’re unsure, consult your Florida pool professional on how long you must keep your pump running.
Sanitize Your Pool
You have a few options when it comes to sanitizing your swimming pool. You can use chlorine (which comes in the form of liquid, granules, tablets, etc.) or bromine, in which case an automatic brominator will need to be installed first. Your pool professional will be able to identify which option best suits your needs if you need guidance.
Regularly Measure The Ph Value Of Your Pool
The pH value measures the acidity of the swimming water. The higher the pH value, the more likely you are to have algae formation and mineral deposits/staining. The lower the pH value, the better the disinfection of your pool, but you need to ensure it’s not too acidic, or it will become corrosive to your pool equipment and pool finish and may irritate your skin. The ideal pH value of swimming pool water is between 7.3 and 7.6. The pH value of your swimming pool can be checked by using test strips, but can also be done by a professional pool maintenance service weekly to ensure the pH level is balanced.
Prepare Your Pool For Adverse Weather
As we all know, Florida is prone to challenging weather conditions. It’s important to keep sufficient water levels in your pool as this provides the important weight to hold the sides and bottom in place, especially when the local water table is raised by heavy rains that accompany most storms. If a large storm is coming, turn off the power to your pool and leave the pool cover off. If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to include your pool on your homeowner’s insurance.
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