The 5 most common maintenance mistakes a pool owner can make!

Maintaining a pool can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Below you will find numerous mistakes that many pool owners don’t even realize they are making and how you can prevent yourself from making the same mistakes.

  1. Not Brushing Your Pool

You may already know how important it is to vacuum your pool, but did you know it’s equally as important to brush your pool? Brushing your pool is important because it prevents scum and algae building up and ruining your pool. Some important areas to focus on would be, behind ladders, on the water line, steps and stairs, and lastly corners and crevices.

  1. Backwashing Your Pool Filter Too Often

The purpose of backwashing is to clean the inside of your filter, whether it is sand or other substances the pool water washes debris out of your filter and exits through your filters backwash drain. An easy to solution to prevent too frequent backwashing is to keep an eye on the pressure gauge on your filter tank. The range for an acceptable filter tank pressure gauge is around 10-15 PSI. 

  1. Running Your Pool Filter System Fewer Than Eight Hour A Day

A pool filter is useless if it isn’t running. The more you run your filter, the less of chance debris has to infiltrate your system. Your pool filter and pump should be running at least 8 hours per day which allows ample time for all the water to pass through the filter, which in turn keeps your pool looking cleaner. 

  1. Not Frequently Testing Your Pool Water

Testing the water in your pool is a crucial aspect of being a pool owner. Weekly testing is important since it allows you to catch any imbalance in your pool water as soon as possible which makes the problem easier to fix rather than waiting and having it get increasingly worse. Testing kits can be found on our website HERE.

  1. Adding Shock Directly Into Your Pool

Pool shock is just essentially highly concentrated chlorine. At a high enough strength chlorine can bleach anything that enters the water. By adding shock directly to your pool you can ruin the liner you have in your pool. By adding shock directly into the water it doesn’t allow the chlorine the proper amount of time to dissolve and you run the risk of having it sink to the bottom of your pool and begin to erode your liner. The best way to avoid this disaster from happening to you is to pre dissolve your pool shock in a separate container which allows it to fully dissolve and be used to the best of its abilities.

Hopefully these tips help you make the right steps in maintaining your pool throughout the season!

April 22nd, 2019 Admin General Maintenance