Testing is Key Pool Maintenance Tips and Techniques

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Homeowners fortunate enough to have a pool know just how joyful it is to return home and swim in your very own aquatic space. Especially during those hot summer days, pools provide a source of comfort that in many ways is unmatched.

Still, homeowners with pools also know just how much work it takes to get full use out of the pool — or, for that matter, to be able to safely use it at all! Neglecting to take care of your pool can cut its usability by half. Like anything else in a household, pools need to be consistently maintained. Pool maintenance can be tricky since there’s so much to take into account. In order to help any pool owners out there with pool sanitization and other upkeep responsibilities, here are three tips to keep in mind:

  1. Test, Test, Test: Perhaps the most important tenet to follow is to constantly check the pool water’s quality. The water should be checked at least once a week. Specifically, you should check for qualities such as the pool’s acidity, temperature, and Langelier stability index (LSI). The pool’s pH levels should be between 7.2 and 7.8, although it is ideal to have it between 7.4 and 7.6. The perfect temperature for pool water is about 78ºF. A pool’s LSI (which indicates the calcium carbonate stability of the water) should be between -0.5 and +0.5.
  2. Clean Your Pool Filters: Pool filters remove all the debris and harmful material in the water. They should be checked at least every four months or when the filter pressure gauge reaches eight pounds — whatever comes first.
  3. Back to Chemistry Class: You don’t have to go back to chemistry class of course (unless you want to), but the pool water’s chemistry is key. The same balance levels and chemical types are required for pools of all sizes, whether they are 1,000 gallons or 1,000,000 gallons. Be sure to get the proper pool cleaners to keep your pool healthy.

For more information about what kind of pool cleaners to use, what kind of pool filters to buy, and other queries, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom.

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