Basics of Owning a Pool
Let's face it, owning a swimming pool takes a lot of time and money to maintain. However, having your own pool can be
very rewarding and provides you and your family with a lot of fun. In order to reap the benefits of pool ownership, you
must follow a few steps to maintain it. We break this into 4 topics. Pool Safety, General Maintenance, Water Balance, and the Filtration system.
Filtration and Circulation
Basically, your pool pump draws water from the pool to filter out containments and evenly disperse chemicals. This
water passes through some sort of filtration system; DE Filter, Sand, or a Cartridge Filter. This process takes a lot of
containments out of the water before the water is pumped back into your pool. In order for your filters to work properly,
you need to maintain them. You may need to add more sand or diatomaceous earth if you have either type of these,
and clean or change out your cartridge filter. Know and follow the manufacturers guidelines for your specific type.
Water Balance also called Water Chemistry
To be safe to swim in, the water has to be sanitary. You have to use the right amount of chemicals to clean the water,
kill bacteria, etc., but not too much or you will damage the pool and equipment or irritate swimmers. Use a test kit or
strips to monitor things such as the pH, free chlorine, bromine, total alkalinity, total dissolved solids, calcium or total
hardness, and Cyanuric acid. Understand why each is important and what you need to do to keep these levels correct.
Know how the chemicals interact and correct dosage rates. Keep your eyes open for other signs like cloudy or hazy
water, smells, eye irritation, algae, water color, stains, rust, scaling, and deterioration of plastic or metal parts. These
are all common problems associated with incorrect water balance.
At least once a week, you need to manually clean your swimming pool. Use a
with wall brush, hand vacuum, skimmer,
or other tool to clean the walls, floor, steps, corners.
Invest in an automatic pool cleaner. Various companies make cleaners for all budgets. Some require an additional
booster pump and some just run off the suction or pressure side jets.
Know all the maintenance products on the market like skimmer socks, scum absorbers, leaf baggers, etc.
The dangers are obvious with pool ownership, so please think about any one or anything that can come into contact
with the water. Know all the products on the market like fences, safety covers, gate alarms, wrist alarms, ropes, flotation
devices, swimmer training, swim aids, animal ramps, etc.