MACON, Ga. (41NBC / WMGT) – With the summer heat in full swing, taking a quick dip in a backyard pool is a dream for many. To prevent the dream of owning a swimming pool from turning into a nightmare, proper maintenance and cleaning is essential.
A clean swimming pool depends on having the necessary chemicals at the proper levels. Waiting too long to check chemical levels or adding the wrong amounts can mean waking up to a cloudy mess of green water.
“Customers don’t realize how important the PH is, your alkalinity and chlorine levels in your pool for your sanitizers because chlorine will not work properly unless the PH is between 7-2 and 7- 6 ”, explains Elden Foltz of SHS Pool & Spa Service.
John Willey maintains his own pool and knows full well that it can be complicated – and expensive – if you don’t take the time to educate yourself.
“I would definitely recommend taking a course, making sure you understand not only the functionality of the equipment, but more importantly the chemical and chemical balance of the pool and how it should be maintained on a regular basis.”
Having a swimming pool isn’t just fun and fun – regular household chores include daily skimming, weekly vacuuming, and cleaning the walls as often as needed.
“It is very important to brush your pool. This helps to avoid any problems, especially the algae that grows on the walls. You can get it before it actually happens there, ”says Foltz.
If you have kids or pets, investing in a pool cover can add a level of security and peace of mind, but not all pool covers are good.
“A lot of people see their pool cover as a safety concern, but it can actually help you better maintain your pool. Keeping your pool covered can prevent your pool temperature from dropping at night. Plus, it can reduce evaporation from the pool, which can extend the life of chemicals, ”says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List.
There are many types of pool covers out there, which is why Angie recommends researching all of your options before you buy. And if you hire a pool service for regular maintenance, she recommends getting a detailed list of services performed and chemicals added with each visit, so you can keep track of how it’s maintained.