There is nothing routine about pool care and maintenance
Do not believe claims for a "maintenance-free" pool. While pools can surely now be equipped to reduce maintenance requirements and tasks, a pool will always require some care and maintenance. While there are a few variables that constitute overall pool care, the best way to care for your pool is to maintain your the pool. And the best way to maintain your pool is to Heengage in what the industry calls a routine pool maintenance schedule. The industry isn't wrong, but let it be clear that there is nothing routine about a pool maintenance schedule.
Many pool professionals will advise you to “do this daily” or “do that weekly” when they teach about pool maintenance, which almost compels their clients to pick – and stick with – a specific day of the week to do something. The bottom line is that if your pool needs a task completed to maintain its water clarity and cleanliness, then do that task, regardless of when it was last done. In other words, if your pool needs to be vacuumed on a Thursday, do not wait until Sunday to vacuum the pool just because that is the day you arbitrarily chose. We understand that the term routine insinuates consistency, but with pools, the only thing that is consistent is change. Water is volatile in nature, which means it can change – in terms of chemistry or clarity – without notice, so you must engage in a routine maintenance schedule without locking yourself into “doing this daily” or “doing that weekly” throughout the entire pool season. Do it consistently - do it routinely - but but don't always do it the same day each and every week for the entire pool season.
It is important to remember too that the climate (temperature, humidity, sunlight, rain, and wind) here as well as your personal and individualized pool use will play a role in your water chemistry and clarity, therefore, you will need to adjust your routine maintenance schedule to compensate for the current weather conditions and your individualized pool use.
The main point to remember is not to engage in a routine maintenance schedule as dictated by the calendar; rather, engage in a routine maintenance schedule as dictated by the current condition of your pool; and, be able to adjust your schedule when needed.
If you are too busy with your daily life and simply do not have time to maintain your pool, we do offer various weekly pool maintenance packages in Omaha, Lincoln, and the surrounding areas.
- once per week service - if you want some assistance each week.
- twice per week service - if you really need some help each week.
- every-other-week service - if you want your work checked twice a month.
Its not a question of competency; its a question of time. If you don't have time to maintain your pool, then have it professionally maintained.
If you have the time to maintain you own pool, the following information is a general - but should be a very very helpful - overview about pool maintenance:
- Ensure that the pool equipment is all working and operating as it should be working and operating.
- Ensure that your equipment operates long enough to circulate and filter the water; you must operate the equipment long enough to keep it clean and clear.
- Some pool owners choose 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to operate their equipment non-stop.
- Other pool owners choose to operate their equipment 8-10 hours per day.
- Ensure that the water level in the pool is at the standard operating level, which is half way into the skimmer opening.
- Make sure all of your maintenance equipment is in good working condition.
- Test the chemicals on a consistent basis:
- To test the pool chemicals, you have your choice between test strips and a test kit. While the use of test strips is ok, a Taylor test kit is always recommended.
- Regardless of the pool chemical tester(s) that you use and regardless of the chemical being tested, a good rule of thumb is to:
- test the chemicals twice per week during average climate factors and normal use
- test the chemicals 3-4 times per week (or every other day) during periods of sunny, hot, and humid temperatures, as well as after heavy use.
- test the chemicals daily during periods when the overall water clarity has been compromised until proper water clarity is re-established.
- Use your brush 2-3 times per week to brush the floor, sidewalls, corners (or radiuses), and step (if applicable).
- Use your nets to remove leaves and other debris from the pool whenever you see leaves and other debris in the pool.
- Check your skimmer basket(s) daily - it'll take 1 minute - and it they're full, empty them - it'll take 2 minutes.
- Check you pump basket daily - it'll take 1 minute - and it its full, empty it - it'll take 2 minutes.
- Vacuum the pool whenever you see leaves, dirt, or other debris in the pool; or, better yet, allow your automatic pool cleaner to vacuum your pool.
- Clean the filter when the pressure gauge is at or near 8-10 psi above the standard operating pressure level.
- Ensure proper sanitizer levels on a daily basis.
- Shock the pool on a regular basis.
- Ensure proper water balance on a daily basis; water balance refers to the Alkalinity, pH, and Hardness levels.
- Check your Phosphate levels; if they are high, add the required amount of Phosphate Remover.
- Phosphates are a food source algae.
- Add an Algistat weekly.
- Many of the Algistats recommend adding about 3-ounces per 10,000 gallons, but read the label instructions on the Algistat that you're using.
- Add a Sequesterant weekly.
- Many of the Sequesterants recommend adding about 3-ounces per 10,000 gallons, but read the label instructions on the Sequesterant that you're using.
- Add a Clarifier every other week or as-needed.
- Many of the Clarifiers recommend adding about 2-ounces per 10,000 gallons, but read the label instructions on the Clarifier that you're using.
- Add an Enzyme every other week or as-needed.
- Many of the Enzymes recommend adding about 10-ounces per 10,000 gallons, but read the label instructions on the Enzyme that you're using.
- Test the chemicals on a consistent basis - I know this was already stated...it's that important.
- Compensate for hot, humid and sunny weather, as well as rain or wind.
- Compensate for additional and heavy use, such as weekends, holidays, or any reason for a pool party.
- Stay current with the latest information about pool maintenance.
While this may seem like a lot, it's really not. And, if followed, you will have a much easier time maintaining your pool, which will allow you more time to actually enjoy your pool.
Be proactive rather than reactive. Just remember that it is always much easier, much less time-consuming, and much less expensive to prevent problems than it is to treat problems.
You can help take care of your pool by simply maintaining your pool; if you need help with pool care and maintenance, we do offer weekly pool maintenance.
You can contact Expert Pool Work, Inc. at 402-341-8132 or email@example.com to discuss pool care and maintenance.