24 March 2017
5 Myths about pool servicing
In order to keep them in good condition, swimming pools need regular care and attention throughout the year and that includes servicing outdoor pools during the winter when they are closed for the season. From adding chemicals to the water to cleaning the surface, pools need TLC if they’re going to stay looking great and working perfectly. Though maintenance needs to be regular, it doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, servicing a swimming pool is probably easier that you think. Here we debunk five common myths:
1. Pool servicing is expensive
In reality, regular servicing will actually save you money as it will prevent small maintenance problems turning into potentially serious – and costly – issues with your swimming pool. It’s the regularity of attention that makes all the difference to the health of your pool, ensuring it’s already ready for you to take a dip, day or night. Little and often attention is the best care you can provide your pool.
2. The best way to clean a pool is to drain it
Occasionally, if you have a serious mould issue with your pool, or if it requires structural repairs, you’ll need to drain it to get the work done. In general, however, draining the pool should always be a last resort as removing the water can actually cause structural damage to the swimming pool. What’s more, as the cost of replacing the water can be high, draining your pool will add an unnecessary expense to the price of its upkeep.
Instead, try to get the balance of chemicals in your pool just right. You can also have the pool scrubbed and vacuumed while it’s full to remove any mould or dirt that’s built up on the floor or walls.
3. It doesn’t matter what time of day you add chemicals to your pool
Despite the fact that it’s totally untrue, a lot of people believe that it doesn’t matter what time of day you add chemicals to your pool. In reality, it matters a lot as many chemicals – chlorine in particular – degrade in bright sunlight. This means it’s much more effective to add pool chemicals after the sun goes down, just make sure no one is planning a midnight dip before you treat the water.
4. You don’t need special chemicals to treat your pool
Though some of the chemicals that you use in your pool might look like household cleaning products, they’re actually specially designed and developed for use in your swimming pool. If you try to replace your pool chemicals with other products, you could well upset the balance of your pool and do more harm than good.
5. Saltwater pools don’t require maintenance
Though they don’t require as much attention as their freshwater counterparts, saltwater pools still need regular care and attention to keep them in good condition. In fact, salt water pools even need chlorine to keep their balance just right.
At London Swimming Pool Company we specialise in swimming pool maintenance, servicing and refurbishment, so if you have a pool that’s in need of regular maintenance or a facelift, contact us for an initial discussion – there’s no substitute for expert advice. If you have an older swimming pool that needs upgrading, we suggest planning your refurbishment for the autumn, so all the work is done and dusted before the next swimming season.