Quick Guide to Maintaining Your Pool

Quick Guide to Maintaining Your Pool
July 1, 2021 sdcdesign
Pool walls liners come in a variety of material types, including wood, metal, and vinyl. While wood has basically gone the way of the dodo over the last few years, many new pool owners have a hard time choosing between metal and vinyl when installing their pool. Which is your best bet? Metal Walls Last A Long Time One of the major benefits of metal pool liners is that they can last a long time, if proper care is taken. While wood liners originally lasted just 10-15 years, metal liners last well beyond that limited time frame. As long as owners work hard to keep their metal liners from rusting, they can last nearly a lifetime. Unfortunately, that indicates the problem that many pool owners have with metal liners: rusting. Constant exposure to the water in a pool can wear down the surface of metal liners and cause rust. Regular upkeep is necessary, including anti-rust measures, to keep them in great shape. Vinyl Liners Won't Rust Vinyl liners made from various tough polymers are unaffected by rust, salt, and other erosive items, making them easier to maintain. Like metal liners, they can last a very long-time with proper maintenance, including cleaning and spot repairs. Vinyl appears to be a perfect solution for pool installation, but they don't last as long as metal liners. So the choice is a little harder than it initially appears. If you're having a hard time choosing between these two, please contact us today to learn more.

Summer is almost here. It’s time to open your in-ground pool for the season, which means it requires some attention. Opening and maintaining a clean pool is important not only for you and your family’s health, but helps keep costly repairs at bay.

Steps for Maintaining Your Pool

  1. Shock your pool. We don’t mean zapping it, so it jumps. Shocking your pool is the practice of significantly increasing the chlorine levels to kill off dangerous bacteria that clouds the water of your pool, making it murky. To get that crystal clear clarity back, make sure you shock your pool at the beginning of your summer season, after major pool parties and gatherings, or extreme foul weather. Dilute three-to-five times the amount you’d normally use and dissolve into water. Aim to shock your pool at least twice during your season. The best time is at night since the sun burns off chlorine at about 1 ppm every hour, wasting your money and time!
  2. Skim and Scrub Regularly. To keep a pristine pool, it’s a necessary evil. The tools you will need are a net skimmer, a pool brush, and a manual vacuum. These are necessary to remove bacteria causing debris from the water and scrubbing the sides and bottom of your pool to reduce or prevent algae. You can probably get away with scrubbing the bottom and sides every other week or consider using a robot vacuum that will clean the bottom of the pool for you.
  3. Check your filter weekly. It’s important to clean out your filter weekly since a terminally clogged filter will help to kill your water pump, sending it to a premature death. About once a month you should reverse the flow of water through your filter, “back washing” grimy pipes and other places you cannot reach just by cleaning the filter.
  4. It’s basic chemistry, baby! Don’t be afraid of your pool’s chemistry. There are very easy test kits out there to make sure the ying and yang of your pool are lining up. It’s a simple, hand-held kit you fill with your pool water and small bottles of chemicals that will test for pH-levels, alkalinity, and chlorine levels. Just a couple of drops of testing chemical in each tube, wait for a few minutes, and voilà! Testing complete. Make any adjustments to your pool per the results.

Alan Jackson Pools

If maintaining your pool seems like a lot of work, don’t worry, we have got you covered. The professionals at Alan Jackson Pools know exactly how to keep your pool is shape throughout any season and are here to take the burden of upkeep off of your hands. Call Alan Jackson Pools to schedule your regular pool service today at (661) 273-7231. Happy summer!

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