Pool maintenance

Angie’s List: Proper Pool Maintenance | Community

SHREVEPORT, La. – A clean swimming pool depends on the presence of 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 PH is, your alkalinity and chlorine levels in your pool for your sanitizers because chlorine won’t work properly unless the PH is just between 7-2 and 7- 6.” said Elden Foltz, SHS Pool and Spa Service.

John Willey runs his own pool and knows first-hand that it can be messy – and expensive – if you don’t take the time to educate yourself.

“I would definitely recommend taking a course, making sure you not only understand the functionality of the equipment, but more importantly the chemistry and chemical balance of the pool and how it should be maintained regularly,” Willey said.

Having a pool isn’t all about fun and games – regular chores include daily skimming, weekly vacuuming, and scrubbing the walls as often as needed.

“It is very important to brush your pool. This helps prevent any problems, especially algae growing on the walls. You can get it before it happens there,” Foltz said.

If you have kids or pets, investing in a pool cover can add a level of safety and peace of mind, but not all pool covers are good.

“A lot of people think their pool cover is a safety issue, but it can actually help you maintain your pool better. Keeping your pool covered can keep your pool temperature from dropping at night,” said said Angie Hicks, Founder of Angie’s List, “Additionally, it can reduce evaporation from the pool, which can extend the life of chemicals.”

There are many different types of pool covers, so Angie advises researching all the options before buying. And if you hire a pool service for regular maintenance, she recommends getting a detailed list of services performed and chemicals added at each visit, so you can track maintenance.