Like any other major purchase, pools require maintenance by the owner or a professional to ensure the longevity of the pump and safety for all swimmers.
One of the primary ways to maintain your pool is to keep pool chemicals balanced.
“The main chemicals you want to check each time before you swim would be your chlorine and pH,” said Upstate Pool Management Group owner and CEO DJ Scott. “Chlorine is the most common form of sanitizer used in swimming pools. Even saltwater pools operate on a breakdown of salt into chlorine through an electrically charged cell. A user’s goal range should be between 2 and 5 parts per million for chlorine and 7.4 to 7.6 for pH.”
In addition to using chemicals to keep your water clear, maintaining the chlorine level in your pool may help keep algae away.
“By shocking your pool weekly and keeping tablets in the water at all times, you can prevent algae from forming in the pool,” Genco Pools service manager Rick Pinoni said. “If you have a salt pool, keep your salt level up and make sure the chlorination is turned up high enough. Also, run your pump at least 12 hours a day.”However, even with the pool pump running and the chemicals maintained, algae may still form in areas where it’s hard for water to circulate, such as around ladders and stairs, said Scott.
“Most algae blooms should easily be handled with a little scrubbing,” Scott said. “Sometimes, though, certain types of algae will call for special chemical treatments to remedy.”
Another way to properly maintain your pool is to keep it clean by emptying your skimmer or pump baskets, using a leaf net to surface clean and vacuuming the bottom with a robotic or manual pool vacuum. However, if you opt to use a pool vacuum that connects to your system, you will have to clean the pool filter more often, said Pinoni.
Since you will be cleaning the pool filter, you should also check the seals and gaskets on your pool pump for any leaks as well as keeping the water in the pool balanced, Pinoni said.
“Pool pump service is very important to maintaining the life of your system,” said Scott. “We recommend changing the seals on the pump every fall or spring before beginning a new summer.”
Ultimately, whether you or the pool professional are maintaining your pool weekly or biweekly, your primary focus should be on keeping the pool pump functioning properly and monitoring your pool chemicals.