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Swimming Pools:  How to Make Maintenance Less of a Chore

Maintaining a swimming pool can be somewhat of a chore, but there are a few things you can do to save yourself the headache of bigger problems in the long run. Depending on the type of pool you have, maintenance may vary somewhat, but the majority of swimming pools will follow a similar routine.

  • Keep Water Clean. Gather up leaves and insects with a long-handled skimmer. Without cleaning the water on a regular basis, contaminants and pollutants can collect and grow which may be harmful to anyone who uses the pool. Corrosion and mineral buildup can also eventually lead to costly hardware repairs.
  • Brush Pool Walls. Regular cleaning of the pool walls, ladders and slides with a brush will keep them free of algae, mold, and debris.
  • Filter. Check the filter weekly and remove any debris that has accumulated.
  • Vacuum. Once you have brushed the walls, vacuum up any sediment, algae or other debris that has fallen to the bottom of the pool. There are several different types of vacuums available for swimming pools. Check with your builder to ensure that you purchase the best vacuum for your specific pool.
  • Clean the skimmer. The skimmer draws water from about the top 1/8 inch of the pool ‘s surface and sucks it through the filtration system, which aids in removing contaminants and debris, including leaves, hair and sunscreen, before it can sink to the bottom. Be sure that the water level is high enough in order for debris to be collected effectively.

Swimming pools are a wonderful addition to any backyard and with a few weekly maintenance steps, can provide fun for your friends and family all season long. If you are interested in building a swimming pool and would like more information, please call us at Lake Norman Signature Pools & Patios today!