The weather is starting to heat up out there with over 90 degree temperatures. People have opened or starting to open their pool this time of year. Now is the season to splash around in the cool water. But who wants to swim in a dirty pool? Keeping up with pool maintenance not only keeps your pool working properly, but the clean water is also better for your health. Here is a list of pool maintenance tips to help you enjoy the best of summer.
Pool Maintenance Tips
1. Skim the Top of the Pool Daily
The surface of the water attracts bugs, leaves, twigs, and other items. Before you take a dip into the pool, make sure the surface is clear of any of these items. Ask yourself: Do you really want to swim in a pool with bugs in it?
2. Make Sure the Filter is Running Properly
A dirty filter leads to dirty pool water. If your filter is looking unwashed, use a spray and hose it down. You might even buy a special cleaner to remove the oil and grease from the filter. Also, check the filter pressure and make sure it is running at the optimal level.
3. Keep Up With the Chemical Levels
Chlorine kills algae and harmful bacteria . But too much chlorine can cause burns and skin irritations. Also check the PH level, or the acidity/alkalinity level. Make sure you check the chemical levels every day to ensure your pool water is safe.
4. Pool Too Cloudy? Shock It!
If you threw a big party and your pool looks murky the next day, that murkiness is bacteria that you want to get rid of right away. Shocking raises the chlorine levels drastically for short period of time to kill bacteria. You might need to do this several times during the pool season.
5. Check the Water Level
Water is lost throughout the season due to evaporation and also from using the pool frequently. When you swim, splash, and exit the pool, you lose water. Ensure the water level does not fall below the level of the skimmer basket, or you could damage the pump.
6. Vacuum the Pool
This one seems obvious, right? A pool should be vacuumed every week to keep the water clear and reduce the amount of chemicals you need to add to the water. After you vacuum, make sure to also check the filter.
7. Brush the Walls and Tile
Algae, mineral buildup, and sunscreen can leave stains around your pool. Use a thick-bristled brush and scrub away the buildup.
8. Repair Any Leaks
If you are leaking water through a tear in the liner, you could damage the pump and the filter. Call a professional to have any leaks patched up.
9. Backwash the Pool Filter
Backwashing is cleaning the filter by reversing the flow of water to remove any debris, buildup and contaminants. You need to keep the filter in tip-top shape to keep your pool water clean.
10. Clean Out the Skimmer Basket Often
These fill up quickly with leaves, twigs, and bugs. Sometimes you might even catch a frog or a rodent in there. Clean these out daily or weekly.
Is My Pool Covered Under My Homeowners Insurance?
Pools are usually covered under the Other Structures portion of your homeowners policy. If the pool is damaged by a covered peril, homeowners insurance may help pay for the repairs. Homeowners insurance also includes liability coverage, which will help pay for expenses if a guest in injured in your pool.
If you decide to put in a pool, you need to tell your agent. We can help you determine whether you should consider increasing your coverage limits based on the value of the pool, and any accessories such as a deck or a slide. You may also need to consider purchasing personal umbrella policy.
Have a fun time splashing around in your pool!
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