Hiring a contractor to build a pool in your garden is just the beginning. Once the pool is built, you will need to care for it throughout the year to keep the water clean and the structure in good order. You should have your pool inspected annually by a professional, but in the meantime, here are some routine maintenance tasks that you should do yourself.
Maintain the filters and run the pump often
The filtration system fitted in your pool works by running the water thorough it, helping to remove particles of debris, and keeping the water clean and healthy.
It's a good idea to run the system all season, rather than turning it on and off so that you don't need to worry about the water quality.
Make sure the water is chemically balanced
To keep the water clean and improve the performance of your pump, you should test your pool water every week. If the water quality is out of balance, adjust the levels accordingly.
It's also a good idea to chemically 'shock' the water weekly by adding extra chlorine to the water. Shocking the water kills off any bacteria or insect pests that might be lurking there.
Clean your pool every week during the season
Throughout the season, you should clean your pool each week.
Use a skimmer to collect any surface debris, and employ a pool vacuum to lift dirt from the pool floor. The walls of in-ground pools should also be cleaned to prevent staining.
Check the pool cover
When the pool is not in use during the closed season, use a pool cover to stop wildlife and debris from falling in. Check the cover each week to make sure it hasn't sustained damage due to winter storms.
Schedule an annual inspection by an expert
Although you've maintained your pool during the year, you should still have it checked by an expert before opening it up again for the summer. A pool contractor will inspect the structure of the pool for damage, as well as testing the pump and filter, and checking the water quality.
When your new swimming pool is complete, keep it in good condition and ensure that the water is safe and clean by carrying out the routine year-round maintenance tasks outlined above.
If you are unsure about anything to do with the pool equipment or have trouble keeping the water clear and free from green algae, ask your pool contractor for advice and guidance. For more information, contact a business such as Atlantis Pools.
It used to be relatively easy to design pools for blocks, as you'd just look at the backyard and figure up which rectangular or kidney shaped pool could fit in the yard. With all sorts of new block shapes occurring when people subdivide old blocks, it can be more challenging to fit a traditional pool into a yard. However, some innovative pool designers and homeowners have come up with great pools that fit on unusually shaped blocks and make the most of limited space. This blog highlights some of the pools I have seen online and in real life that have impressed me with great design. I hope you like it.