Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Getting the Most from Your Swimming Pool

Summertime means a lot of things, including a trip to the pool. But, if you happen to own the pool, you know summertime means lots of regular pool chores.  And no one will enjoy your pool if you neglect them!
  • Regularly test your pool water chemistry. Twice a week is a good base line. It’s easier to keep things in balance is you don’t let them get out of control.  Make sure to check after periods of heavy rain.
  • You’ve got to keep your pH level as close to 7.5 as you can, and make sure your alkalinity stays between the recommended levels. If you must add chemicals, do it in the evening. Strong sunlight will weaken the effect.
  • Make repairs promptly. Broken drains or suction pipes are dangerous. Cracks in a pool wall will worsen over time, as will liner tears. Problems with pump equipment can allow the pool water to stagnate.
  • Keep things clean. No one wants to swim in a pool with algae covered walls and debris on the bottom. Brush and scrub floors, walls and tile. Empty the skimmer basket every time you check the water chemistry.
  • Your pump has to run between 8 and 12 hours each day to ensure proper circulation. Most have built in timers, but you’ll want to make sure they’re working properly.  And you’ll want to run the pump during the heat of the day. You’ll need to backwash a sand filter every three to four weeks, depending on the size of the pool.
  • Once summer is over and temperatures begin to fall, you’ll need to properly winterize your pool. Failing that can mean expensive repairs, which may not be covered by your home owners insurance.
Maintaining a pool does take some work, but it can be well worth it. Taking care of the pool is essential to maximizing its value if the time comes to sell. And if that time comes, let me help you get the best price for your home.

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