Why do so many pool owners struggle to take care of their swimming pools? The first reason is simply not understanding the technical aspects of pool maintenance such as water chemistry. If you do not understand pool water chemistry values or how to interact with these values then it would seem obvious that you might struggle with the difficulty of caring for your pool. Aside from not knowing what you are doing, which is an obvious concern, the next most common problem is complacency. This series of articles is intended to impress upon you the importance of establishing some good fundamentals when it comes to how you care for your pool. Nothing on this list should come as a surprise to a seasoned pool owner, but what is surprising is how often these important fundamental pool care steps are skipped. By going back to basics you can make it much easier to care for your pool.
Swimming pools are complicated and there are 1000s of ways in which you will need to interact with yours to one extent or another. This is one of the main reasons why pool owners can lose track of what is important over time and begin to skip on some of these fundamental processes. In the vast majority of cases with “pool problems”, the cause of the problem can likely be traced back to one or more of these simple, fundamental steps being skipped. Things such as showering before entering the pool, brushing the walls and floor, balancing your pH, vacuuming and skimming your pool, and most importantly, having your pool resurfaced with a Marquis Quartz or Mini Pebble surface will make the pool more resistant to stains with a smoother surface applied. So stay tuned for some easy ways to take care of your new surface.
- Skim all debris from pool surface to keep it free of floating leaves, bugs and organic matter
- Vacuum all debris from the floor of the pool (failure to do this will impair your ability to maintain chemical balance)
- Keep skimmer strainer basket and pump strainer basket free of leaves and debris at all times
- Maintain 1-3ppm of free chlorine levels in the water at all times
- Backwash sand filters as needed (weekly typically) and clean cartridge filters every six months on average
- Do not drain your pool without speaking with a professional first as this can potentially break your swimming pool
- Fix leaks and deficient items like old liners or broken tiles to prevent further damage to more expensive pool components
These key items are not a comprehensive list of how to care for your pool but instead a few key highlights of regular pool maintenance and upkeep. The maintenance aspect of your pool is likely going to be less challenging than the chemical upkeep and water balancing for most new pool owners. Stay tuned for a comprehensive article of tips and tricks pool owner’s can easily forget that will make maintaining your pool that much easier – or you could go the easiest route of all and have your swimming pool resurfaced by Advanced Pool & Spa, Inc. and have it look brand spankin’ new!
As the Florida spring arrives, it is time to start thinking about getting your pool primed for the swimming season. When opening your pool, our favorite approach is to take stock of what chemicals you have on hand as well as checking other pool supplies like your net, brush, skimmer, lights, and other accessories to make your pool maintenance routine the easiest to execute during the busy season. Once doing this, it’s time to head outdoors and open your pool! Advanced Pool & Spa, Inc. explains what you need to do to get your pool ready for spring:
Inspect Your Surface
Inspect the interior surface of your pool for any wear and tear, such as pitting, etching, delamination, etc. to determine if your pool needs to be re-plastered. A new surface is much easier to maintain.
Once your pool is running and the water has had a few hours to circulate, you will want to test the chemical levels including pH, alkalinity, hardness, and chlorine. Since your pool has not been in use much, the chlorine level will most likely be low to nonexistent.
Depending upon the size of your pool, you will need to adjust your chemical levels bit by bit with the filter running to distribute and dilute chemicals to bring your pool water up to proper levels. You are shooting for a chlorine reading of 1.0-3.0ppm, a pH between 7.2 and 7.6, alkalinity between 80-120ppm, and calcium hardness between 200-350 ppm.
Hello, I’m Dr. Pool, and today’s class will focus on the prevention of stains, on inground pool plaster surfaces. It’s a topic that has all the elements of a good chemical story, with great play between the main characters – a semi-porous cementitious surface, 1000’s of charged particles, and of course, water.
Let’s start with pool plaster itself, typically a mixture of white Portland cement and marble dust. Mixed with water and applied by hand in uncontrolled (outdoor) conditions, it cures underwater, with proper chemical management.
Pool Plaster is a natural product, and as such is subject to variations in shading or hue, some undulations or streaking may be expected on troweled plaster. Most pool plaster companies offer additives, such as quartz, bead or pebble aggregates, added to diffuse color and hide such variations.
The winter brings about plenty of changes; not only do you swap out your summer wardrobe for your winter selection and start preparing for holiday gatherings and parties, but you also must consider how to prepare your backyard pool for incoming cold. Your preparation will ultimately be determined by your geography. Pools in Pennsylvania need to be completely winterized, but pools in Florida require less maintenance. Read through the following information to make sure that you are treating your own pool right this winter.
With the colder months coming up, many northern states close or “winterize” their pools. This includes draining the pool, emptying the pipes, and covering/sealing the top to prevent the water from freezing and damaging any plumbing or the surface of the pool.
However, in Florida, there is no need for such action. In fact, there are dangers to draining your pool with the amount of ground water we have in this state. Generally, in Florida, swimming pools are used year round because the water never freezes and most commercial pools are equipped with a heater.
Because it never gets quite cold enough to discourage algae growth, if you drain your pool half-way, drain the pipes, and turn off your pump, the pool will more than likely turn green.