Pool Owner’s Manual: Tips for Cleaning and Pool Maintenance

Man Cleaning The Swimming PoolSummertime means pool time—that wonderful time of the year when you open up your pool for your family and friends to enjoy. However, there are a lot of tasks an owner must perform in order to maintain a pool that is adequate enough for swimming. If a pool is not well-kept, people will avoid swimming because it looks unpleasant. The following tips will help you have a cooler summer.

Keeping Your Pool Clean

One of the most important tasks that comes along with owning a pool is cleaning it. Making sure it is clean makes the swimming experience that much better. To do so, you should do these two chores daily. (Note that these two chores apply to you regardless of owning an above or in-ground pool.)

  1. Skimming: Skimming your pool everyday will keep any fallen debris out. Swimming in a pool of debris is never fun. So, by skimming your pool daily, you can improve the pool’s look and experience.
  2. Filtering: Along with skimming, running the filter in your pool for at least 8 hours a day can also help by taking the smaller debris out of the pool that you cannot get by skimming. With filtering your pool, you must remember to clean out the filter.

Pool Maintenance

Along with cleaning, you also need to perform pool maintenance tasks. These are mandatory tasks that makes your pool usable. However, unlike the cleaning tasks, these are not everyday tasks—they should be done at least once or twice per week. These include the following:

  1. Checking the Water Level: By having the appropriate water level, you avoid some functional problems that may arise. Your pool’s skimmer works more effectively if water fills up the vent half-way. Having the correct water levels means that you can maximize the use of your skimmer. With a lower water level, the pools pump becomes dry which can cause damage to the equipment.
  2. Testing Your Pool and Balancing pH: This is the most important pool maintenance task you perform. You can get away with doing this once per week—however, two to even three times a week is ideal. Testing your pool gives you an idea of what the chemical compositions are, allowing you to adjust the chemical imbalances accordingly. Doing so helps improve the comfort of swimming.

Installing a pool is every homeowner’s dream. It not only gives you a place to cool off on a hot summer day, but also improves the value of your home. When looking at pools, remember there are two types of pools, above ground and in-ground. The only differences between the two types is the cost of installation and the chemical balancing involved with both.

If you are in the process of purchasing a pool and are wondering what happens if it is damaged, don’t fret. Your homeowner’s insurance covers your pool. Also, if someone gets injured in your pool, the liability aspect of your homeowner’s insurance coverage will aid you with any fees that may be involved.  Make sure to contact TJ Woods Insurance today, and we can provide you with the right plan for your home.