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A Basic Guide to Pool Maintenance

Pool maintenance hardly comes to mind when one thinks of a relaxing summer’s day. Deciding to have a pool often begins with the most noble of intentions: you want quality family time, you want to teach the kids to swim and you want relaxing summers by the pool, pina colada in hand. However many pool owners can quickly find themselves overwhelmed at the thought of pool maintenance. It no longer becomes relaxing and is instead, wearisome. When pool maintenance gets put on the backburner, your pool is more likely to need a resurface or a restoration job. And whilst our team at FCT are able to provide them, we believe prevention is better then cure.

The good news is cleaning and maintaining your pool is not difficult. With some basic tips and maintenance, you can ensure your pool stays in top condition when warmer weather comes around.

Pool Skimming

Skimming the surface of your pool every few days is one of the easiest and most basic way to maintain your pool. If you begin to notice there are a lot more leaves and other plant debris, make the effort to scoop them up. Using a net with a long handle, you can remove bugs, leaves and other debris from the pool’s surface. This not only improves the pool’s circulation system, but also lessens the amount of chlorine you will need to add to the pool.

Pool Scrubbing

Similar to pool skimming, scrubbing your pool is another basic of pool maintenance. It does require a bit more elbow grease but does not need to be done as often. The type of scrub brush you need will depend on the material of your pool walls. It is worthwhile researching which brush to use as the wrong brush will damage your pool walls. Scrubbing is essential in removing a build-up of algae and calcium deposits.

Filter Cleaning

Cleaning the pool filter is a job that only needs to be done a few times a month in the summer months. When the pool is not being used, a monthly clean is all that is necessary. It is handy to check your pool filter manual to determine how often you will need to clean yours. A bit of dirt actually helps the filter stay efficient, but too much dirt will have the opposite effect.

Check the Water Levels

It is important to keep an eye on the water level to ensure it doesn’t drop below filter levels. Water levels can drop for a number of reasons, including evaporation from the hot sun and excessive splashing. If you find the water level is too low, use a garden hose to top it back up.

Water Testing and Chemical Levels

Clean water is essential to pool maintenance as this means your pool is safe to enjoy. Chlorine and pH levels are the main focus here, and you can purchase pool testing kits to check the levels yourself. However it is still important that you get your water tested at a pool maintenance shop.

Schedule an Annual Check-up

Although there may be nothing noticeably wrong with your pool, particularly if you conduct good pool maintenance, it is still a good idea to get a professional to look at it once a year. This will save you costly repairs in the long run should a problem be identified. A pool service professional will look over your pool equipment and conduct a general survey on its health.

If you do spot any damage in your pool, it will be even more important to consult with an expert so the issue can be addressed immediately. Restoring or resurfacing your pool means less likelihood of injury to your family from rough surfaces, prevention of further damage and an improved appearance.

At FCT Cleaning, we provide high quality pool resurfacing and restoration services at competitive prices. Whether you wish to resurface, repaint or replaster your pool, our experts have the right tools and expertise to complete the job efficiently. For an estimate, give us a call today on (08) 9204 3333.

 

 

 

 

 

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