Although summer doesn’t officially begin until June 20, the recent warm weather seems to have many pool owners excited about a long swim season this year.
Although the water is probably still a bit cool for most of us, there are quite a few people — especially kids — who are already using their swimming pool.
One of the most important responsibilities for pool owners is having a preventative maintenance plan that ensures the water is clean, clear and safe.
There are five keys to pool care that if followed can make you successful in the quest for a beautiful pool this summer. They are:
1. Circulation. Make sure that your pump is circulating at least eight to 12 hours per day during the swim season. The longer the pool water is in motion, the harder it is for bacteria and algae to take hold and grow.
If you have a saltwater chlorination system, it might take more than eight to 12 hours of pump operation to maintain proper chlorine levels.
2. Filtration. Filtration refers to the skimmer baskets, pump basket and filter, all of which need to be kept clean and free of debris.
Also make sure that your filter is operating properly, and clean it when needed. If you do not know when your filter needs to be cleaned, a local pool professional would be glad to discuss filter maintenance with you.
3. Cleaning. This is critical, especially when it comes to ensuring pool’s walls and floor are free from algae and bacteria.
Most pools have automatic pool cleaners, but remember that they are there to help you keep the pool clean and most times are not capable of cleaning areas such as steps and benches.
4. Testing. It would probably be a good idea to test the water at least once per week. Have your local pool supply store perform a complete water analysis for you at least every three months. Doing so can truly take the look of your pool water to a higher level.
5. Proper water chemistry. Once the tests have been performed, add the chemicals that are needed. Be sure you know the pool capacity in gallons for your pool. If you are unsure about the capacity in gallons for your pool, a pool professional will be glad to help you figure it.
Chemically treating the improper gallonage can cause problems with your pool water. It is also a good idea to use an algaecide to help prevent the growth of algae.
Following these five keys to pool care can help you assure that you enjoy your swimming pool this summer.
MATT GOHLKE is the owner of Gohlke Pools and a member of the National Spa & Pool Institute, Aquatech (a society of pool building professionals) and the Better Business Bureau. Gohlke may be reached 940-387-7521.