Owning a property that features a pool can be beneficial in a number of ways. First and foremost, it adds to the value of your home and acts as a selling point. It’s also a luxury item that you, your family, and friends can enjoy as a means of entertainment and exercise. But of course, you will have to put time, effort, and money into pool care and maintenance if you want this backyard focal point to remain an inviting oasis rather than turning into an eyesore. Here are some seasonal care and maintenance tips that will keep your swimming pool in shipshape and ready for use.
- Check your pH. It’s important that your pool chemicals remain balanced for a couple of reasons. If your chemical levels are low, you could suffer the growth of unsightly algae or the spread of harmful bacteria, amongst other undesirable results. But if the levels are too concentrated, swimmers could end up with serious skin irritation, including itching, peeling, rashes, and more. Even if you hire a professional to regularly clean and inspect your pool, it’s not a bad idea to learn how to test and even balance your pH levels so that you can check and adjust them frequently during seasons when your pool is in use.
- Watch water levels. You might not be unduly concerned about some loss of volume in your pool, especially during the summer months when high temperatures can cause water to evaporate fairly quickly. However, if water levels dip too low for too long, the result could be damaging to your swimming pool, causing drying and flaking of pool surfaces and strain on the filtration and circulation systems. So keep the water at the fill line as much as possible.
- Clean regularly. This sounds pretty obvious when it comes to pool care, but it’s not uncommon for homeowners to let this chore slide, especially when the pool isn’t in use. During the summer, you might clean weekly since the whole family is spending a lot of time in the pool and you want it to be clear of debris. But during the winter, even if the pool is closed up, you still need to check it on a regular basis and clean and maintain it as necessary to ensure that it’s ready for use when summer rolls around once again.
- If you live in a region with inclement winter weather, chances are you won’t be running outside in the snow to take a dip. In this case it’s not a bad idea to lock down your pool for the season. And rather than risking the damage and decay that can result from leaving your pool drained for months at a time, you’ll probably want to spend a little extra to winterize your pool. In truth, it could end up saving you a lot of money in the long run.
- Consider usage. Your pool maintenance and care regimen is likely to change depending on usage. While you probably clean your SwimEx Inc pool weekly or even more often during the high-use summer months, you can cut back to monthly inspection and cleaning during the winter when your pool has been closed up for the season.