Swimming Pool Maintenance 101 For St. Louis Homeowners

Pool Maintenance

There are several compelling reasons to build a swimming pool. A well-designed swimming pool can turn your outdoor living space into the oasis of your dreams. You can use the pool area as a dedicated space for relaxation. Swimming is a great exercise. With a swimming pool, you need not go out for an outdoor workout and can take a swim whenever you want.

You cannot build a swimming pool and forget it! You must commit to regular pool maintenance in St. Louis. All types of swimming pools need periodic maintenance. Regular pool maintenance keeps swimming pool problems at bay. A well-maintained swimming pool uses less electricity and is more reliable (hence, costs less to run) than a poorly maintained pool.

Here are some pool maintenance tips.

Regularly Clean Your Pool

Using a skimmer, remove leaves, branches, pebbles and other debris in your pool at least once a week. To prevent particles from settling on your pool walls and later sink down to form sediments, clean them and the pool floor using a pool brush. Remember to vacuum the floor every week and use an algaecide to prevent algae growth and maintain water quality.

Maintain Your Pool’s Water Level

Maintain your pool’s water level (ensure it does not fall below the level of the skimmer) to protect pool components from damage. Check the water level every week and add water if required.

If you have too much on your plate and can’t monitor the water level constantly, consider installing an automatic water leveler. As the name suggests, automatic water levelers add water to pools automatically when the water level falls beyond a certain point. In summer, cover your pool to reduce the rate at which it loses water. Perform visual inspections regularly. If you notice any leaks, carry out pool repair in St. Louis promptly.

Check and Balance Pool Water pH Levels

Using a pool testing kit, check your pool’s pH level at regular intervals. Make sure it is between 7.2 and 7.8. If the pH level is below 7.2, add sodium bisulfate to your pool. To raise the pH level of pool water, add soda ash or baking soda to your pool. Also, keep chlorine levels between 1 and 3 ppm.

Run the Pump and Filter Every Day

To circulate and filter pool water, run your pump and filter daily. Many pool contractors recommend running pool pumps 8-12 hours every day. Exactly how long you should run your pool pump daily depends on the size of your pool.

Clean the Filter Regularly

There are 3 types of pool filters – cartridge filters, diatomaceous earth filters, and sand filters. Regardless of the type of pool filter you have, clean it regularly according to manufacturer’s instructions.

H & H Pools is a reputable swimming pool contractor in St. Louis. Our pool technicians have years of experience installing, maintaining, and repairing different types of swimming pools. To schedule professional maintenance, call (636) 209-8449.