May 28, 2018

Everything You Need to Know about Pool Maintenance before Getting a Pool

If you decide it’s time to introduce a pool into your life, either by moving into a new house which already has one or building your own pool in the backyard, the best maintenance advice for your pool we can give is you being well-educated. That’s basically half of the effort that needs to be put into maintaining your pool and keeping it up and running.

What Does Pool Maintenance Entail: The Basics

The first thing you need to know is what type of pool you are dealing with. It might sound irrelevant, but it actually helps to be well-informed about the model, the time it was built, maybe info on some particular issues or certain specific details from previous owners, such as when was their last maintenance appointment, if you are moving into a home that has one.

Terminology is also important. Being familiar with the type of language used when people talk about pool stuff, the slang even. Do a research, read some articles on expert blogs such as, talk to people and ask them about experiences they had and problems they faced, in other words, make sure you are well prepared to tackle any potential issue ahead of time so that you can have more time to spend enjoying the pool.

How to Keep Your Pool in Shape

Now that we’ve scratched the surface it’s time to move on to maintenance and talk a little about the best and most efficient way of keeping your pool ‘’healthy’’. There are three things required to do the job right: circulation, the balance of chemistry and sanitation


Just as good ventilation is a need for any type of room, the same thing could be said for a pool and its circulation of water.

Circulation is very important and probably the biggest part of maintenance process and what keeps the pool clean. It will prevent algae or cloudy water from forming and overall make it easier for you to deal with any smaller outer elements and debris that might fall in.

If you can afford it, the best way to have circulation active at all times is to have your pool pump working constantly. What you can do to balance your costs is to get yourself a variable speed pump. That’s a useful piece of hardware because the speed and therefore electricity costs are adjusted according to what operation is currently undergoing.

Whether it’s just a standard filtering for witch a lower speed is sufficient, or higher speed if you plan on cleaning the water and running chemicals.

Pool Cleaning

Now we’ve finally reached the cleaning part. It is safe to say that we’ve basically covered this topic for the most part when we were talking about circulation.

It really does play a big role if you want your pool to be constantly on a high level of cleanliness, but still, relying on circulation alone is never enough, sometimes it requires actual manual labor from your side in terms of vacuuming, brushing and skimming the pool. Sometimes you get leaves, mud from footwear, dirt in general which has to be removed manually in order for the pool to function properly.

Pool Water Chemistry

The next thing we will talk about is the chemistry. A lot of people find this part of maintenance to be very confusing and something that only a true expert would understand and apply correctly. It is not that big of a deal in reality. You need to pay attention to a few major chemicals and the rest is pretty easily manageable.

Before you apply any chemical first you need to test the water, there are kits you can use which would do that work for you, they would measure things like Free or Total Chlorine,pH, Bromine, Hardness, Alkalinity, and Cyanuric Acid. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, you can always take a water sample to a local store and have a professional test it for you, but these kits are pretty user-friendly and save precious time.

After the test is complete you need to focus on chlorine, alkalinity and pH reading and then apply your chemicals accordingly.    

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