Swimming Pool Maintenance For New Pool Owners
There are a lot of things that have to be done to maintain a swimming pool. If you are new to pool ownership, it will help to know about the following things that you'll have to do.
Add More Water
Hot weather is going to cause the pool water to evaporate over time. You'll need to add more water to the pool on a weekly basis to keep the water levels up to the appropriate level. If you have pool skimmers along the edge of the pool, a high water level will be necessary so that the water goes inside the skimmer to catch all the debris.
Clean Out The Pool Pump Basket
Your filtration system will have a basket that is designed to catch debris as the water gets filtered. That basket should be emptied on a weekly basis, because you may be surprised at how much debris gets trapped within the basket. It's a simple maintenance task that may be forgotten about because the basket is out of sight.
Run The Filter On A Schedule
While it would be great to just let the filter run continuously to keep the water clean, it is not always practical. Not only does it cost a lot of money to run a pool filtration system 24/7, but it is not good for the longevity of the filter. You'll need to create a schedule where you essentially run the filter for the minimum amount of time where it is keeping your water clean and not causing your electric bill to shoot up. It will take some trial and error to get the schedule right.
Repair Damaged Pool Surfaces
If you have a concrete pool, you'll eventually need to resurface the concrete pool when you notice that the exterior starts to crumble. Know that catching problems early is going to minimize the amount of work that needs to be done to resurface a concrete pool, which will cut down on your repair costs.
Vinyl liner pools will eventually form leaks that need to be patched. Thankfully, these are easy to patch on your own and do not require draining the pool of water. Vinyl liner patches can be applied by creating a patch with an adhesive on the back that will create a chemical reaction underwater to bond the materials together.
Reach out to a professional in your area if you need help with swimming pool maintenance.