Swimming pool maintenance isn’t difficult- it’s all about water chemistry and consistency. If you can learn to test your water accurately at least once a week you will master the basics in no time. If your schedule doesn’t allow 15 minutes every week, trouble is probably brewing and you might want to consider hiring a weekly pool service.
Pool owners get into trouble when they fail to care for the pool week in and week out. After three weeks of neglect the water may be blue but the chemistry is unstable and effecting the plaster finish. As we say in the industry, ‘Any one can keep a pool blue, we get paid to make the surface last’. If you can’t test your pool regularly, protect your investment and hire a professional.
The first step in Doing-it-yourself is to purchase a quality water chemistry test kit. At the minimum make sure it includes Chlorine, pH, and Total Alkalinity (a kit with Calcium Hardness and Cyanuric Acid tests is preferable but not obligatory.
Perform these three tests every week. Try to do so on the same day each week. Again, consistency is the key. Your water is like a small child; they like stability and get uncomfortable with an unpredictable schedule. When they don’t know what to expect you will pay the price (my kids helped me learn that one the hard way…) Make things easy on yourself, keep a regular and predictable schedule. Major fluxuation in water chemistry will hurt your pocket book when algae, scale or equipment repair occur.
And when in doubt, hire a reputable pool service, like us!
Mike the Poolman
Pool Service & Repair in Folsom, CA since 1995