Swimming pools can be heaven sent when the temperature is high and you have no relief from the heat. However, owning a pool includes taking care of it properly to avoid having problems such as green water. Learning about the regular maintenance needed to keep a pool running properly is important in order to swim a clean and safe pool.
Worst Mistakes that Pool Owners Make:
Many pool owners do not leave their pumps running long enough. Not leaving it running for a certain period of time can cause critical damage to other parts of your pool, such as the filter, heater, chlorinator or automatic pool cleaner. These functions may not work to the best of their ability without an efficient pump. It is recommended that you use a 2 speed pump and allow it to run 24/7.
It is important to have your water level at the right height to keep your pool running correctly. When the pool is down too low, the pump begins to draw air into the circulating system instead of water. This causes your pump to stop working correctly and that motion will flow to the other important parts of the pool. The water in the pump can reach over 200 degrees. If there is no water in the pump, but rather air, the steam can actually begin to melt the fittings and piping of the pump. Make sure you turn the pump off and allow it to cool before opening to avoid the scolding hot water from spraying out and burning you.
Not having the correct pH balance in your pool can have it’s consequences. Salt chlorination increases the pH level of the water in the pool so if you don’t add enough muriatic acid into your pool at least once a week, you can develop scale. Scale appears as white streaks on the walls of the pool. This can cause damage to the walls, especially if they are colored.
It’s extremely important to keep your pool and associated equipment clean. Without regular maintenance, these parts can begin to stop working correctly because of debris that has clogged the parts. If the chlorinator starts to break down, you will see the results with discolored and dirty water in your pool. This can be hazardous to your health.
It’s important to test your water weekly to make sure that it’s safe to swim in. Just because your water looks clean and safe, doesn’t mean that it actually is. Many pool owners make these mistakes with their pools, causing complications in the long run. With the proper knowledge, you can have a clean and safe pool to swim in when it’s hot.