I love having a pool in my back yard, but it does require a lot of work during the summer. I have spent a lot of time trying to find ways to reduce the amount of time that goes into taking care of my pool so that I can spend more time enjoying it. During my search, I have learned quite a few short cuts that have reduced the time that it takes me to keep the pool clean and healthy to use. My blog will provide you with all of the tips that will help you decrease the maintenance time for your pool.
Have you purchased or are you in the process of purchasing a home with a swimming pool? Are you planning on simply filling up the swimming pool and using it immediately? Unless the pool is currently in use, you should not do this. If a pool has been neglected or has been empty while being sold by a bank, it's unlikely that the swimming pool is actually in usable condition. Before you do anything else, there are a few steps that you need to take in order to get your new pool working for summer:
Inspect the pool: Ideally, you should hire a professional for this, but there are some things that are obvious to even the average person. Look for cracks in the sidewalk deck surrounding the pool and in the pool itself. If the pool has been drained, has rainwater collected in the bottom and started to grow algae? If the pool hasn't been drained, what color is the water?
Swimming pool water should never be cloudy, tinted green, or any other color. If you see this in a pool that has supposedly been working recently, it's a good sign that you'll actually need a swimming pool pump repair before you can do anything else. It's also possible that algae or the elements have damaged the pool lining and you'll need to have that taken care of before filling or refilling the pool.
Buy the correct chemicals: Even though household bleach and your average swimming pool both contain chlorine, you should never fall to the temptation of using bleach in your swimming pool. Instead, head down to your local pool supply store for some help. Make sure that you bring your pool measurements with you, in addition to as much information as possible about your pool pump and any pool equipment that you have.
Some of the things may initially seem expensive or silly to purchase but you will soon discover how worthwhile they are. If your swimming pool pump repair was successful, make sure that you now purchase a spare filter cartridge for your pump so that you have an extra on hand just in case.
Get an expert to balance your pool: Maintaining a pool isn't very difficult, but balancing a neglected pool can be an exercise in frustration. You may start to feel like you need a degree in chemistry to figure out exactly what needs to be added and when so that the pool is suitable for use. Hiring an expert to get the balance just right and to teach you how to keep the pool balanced will cost you money in the short term but it will also save you time and energy that will be better directed elsewhere.