Look, as swimming pool owners we all want to and try our best, but frequently we make mistakes that can come back to bite us and end up costing us more time and treasure than the neglect was worth. Today, we’re going to talk about some of the more common mistakes that swimming pool owners make and what some of the things are that you can do in order to avoid them.
Let’s jump right in!
Not cleaning the pool’s filter
One of the two most important aspects of owning a pool is keeping it clean and far too often owners simply think the filter will do a bulk of it for them. When filters clog with debris, other components of your pool tend to work overtime – which translates into increased wear and tear and maintenance issues. Additionally, debris often has contaminants that can enhance a pool’s PSI, which puts more pressure on the pump and makes it less effective.
Make sure you keep up on changing out your filter’s cartridges every 6-10 months. This will keep things flowing without over burdening your pool’s components.
Not testing your swimming pool’s water
One of the most important things you need to do with your swimming pool is test the water and test it often. In fact, it’s something you should be doing weekly and it should be a part of your routine when it comes to caring for your pool. Skipping won’t harm your pool too much – but avoiding it over a longer period of time can have consequences. This way you’ll know exactly what kind of shape your water is in and it will help keep the other components of your pool run as smoothly as possible.
Not brushing the pool’s walls
A lot of people neglect to brush the walls of their pool. Not brushing them can lead to scum, algae and other baddies from building up and ruining your pool. Honestly – it’s a crass example – but it holds true; it’s a little bit like brushing your teeth. You brush and floss every day and while you don’t need to brush EVERY day – every few weeks is advisable.
We recommend using the vacuum and then using the brush to get to the harder-to-reach, problem areas. Places like your ladders, steps and stairs, corners, crevices and especially along the waterline.
Just doing a little extra with your swimming pool can go a long way. If you want to be sure that you’re covering all your bases, feel free to give us a call and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then – good luck!