We know, we know…daily pool maintenance doesn’t typically rank at the top of people’s, “Fun Things To Do Today!” list but, nonetheless, it’s something that needs to be done to keep your pool in good working order. Fortunately, we’ve got some great tips to make things go a bit smoother for you – spending a few minutes each day on these simple steps can help ensure that your pool care is not only easy, but also something that can hopefully save you money when it comes to both chemicals and repairs.
Here’s a few of our chart-topping tips:
- Check Your Pump and Filter System – you’ll want to check to see if your pump is running normally and, while you’re at it, you’ll want to take a peek at the pressure gauge on the filter tank just to make sure the filter isn’t clogging (a high pressure reading means that the water is struggling to get through – if that’s the case, it might be time to either clean or backwash the filter).
- Plumbing and Valves – another thing you’ll want to inspect is the plumbing and valves at your filter pad and make note of any leaks. If you find any issues, give us a call…we’ll come over and check it out!
- Timing is Everything – Do your best to make sure that your pump and filter system are operational for at least 8-12 hours per day. To conserve energy, you can use an electrical timer to automatically turn the system on and off.
- Inspect the Skimmer Baskets and Pump Traps for Build-up – Leaves, grass, and other objects can – and do – collect in these areas. If the baskets aren’t emptied, circulation can be dramatically (negatively) affected. Proper circulation is also crucial in the prevention of algae growth…so, if there’s “gunk” in there, empty it out!
- Skim the Pool Surface – To do this you’ll need to use a leaf skimmer (or a leaf rake, in a pinch). Attach it to a telescoping pole and run it along the surface of the water to collect anything that might be floating in the water (leaves, grass, etc).
Other items on the list include testing the pool water (which, for residential pools doesn’t necessarily need to be done on a daily basis) several times per week and periodically inspecting your pool drains to ensure that they’re working properly.
These are just a few of our many pool maintenance tips. If you’re interested in learning more – or are looking for someone to “take over” pool chores for you, stop on in. Here at Bonsall Pool and Spa, our team of certified pool and spa technicians are always available to help care for your pool – be it on a weekly basis, or whenever the need arises!