Pool Savvy: Maintain Your Pool & Signs That It Needs To Be Serviced

Posted on: 30 March 2015

Your pool is an amazing addition to your home, especially during the summer. But are you doing everything you can to maintain it? The following guide will help you maintain your pool and also show you a few signs to watch out for:

Maintaining Your Pool

Consider the following to keep your pool in tip-top condition:

  1. Install an automatic chlorine feeder for your pool. You can have your pool service specialist install this machine for you. It is an easy way to make sure that your pool has enough chlorine to remove algae and bacteria from your pool. 
  2. Make sure your pool service specialist uses algaecides. This is just to make sure that all the algae is removed from your pool. Algae uses sunlight to feed themselves and multiply. But this process also creates waste, which attracts a lot of bacteria to your swimming pool. 
  3. Have your pool service specialist test your water to make sure the pH value is 7.2 to 7.6. A pH value that is lower or higher than the aforementioned range could cause some damage to your skin or cause your eyes to burn. 
  4. Get rid of any debris on the surface and empty out the skimmer basket. You want to protect your swimming pool filters from debris that could clog or damage them. 
  5. Consider having your pool service specialist vacuum your pool regularly as well. This can collect debris or algae from areas in your pool that you may not be able to see or get to easily. 

Considering the aforementioned tips should keep your pool in good condition and keep your family safe from bacteria, too. But you should also be aware of the following.

Signs That Your Pool Needs To Be Repaired

Look out for the following symptoms:

  • Strange noises coming from your pump could indicate that it is going out
  • The pump and the filtration system are meant to keep your pool relatively clean. But if you notice that your pool is getting dirtier than usual, then have your pool service specialist take a look at your pool system. 
  • Your pump may be going out if you do not see any water being pulled through the filtration system. You may also have a clogged or malfunctioning filter as well. 
  • The filter pressure gauge starts to read lower than normal. Talk to your pool specialist, or read the manual to find out what the normal pressure number should be. Low pressure could mean that your pump's impeller is going out. 
  • A leak under your pump could indicate a broken seal or a damaged motor shaft.

As you can see, taking care of your pool is not too hard. And it doesn't hurt to know how to catch a problem before it escalates to a more expensive one. To learn more, contact a company like Aquatic Pool Plastering with any questions or concerns you have.