24 June 2017
The ultimate cheat sheet on pool maintenance
Although it may seem daunting at times, pool maintenance doesn’t have to be difficult — as long as you take small and frequent steps to keep things ticking over. Whether you’re losing water, or noticing some signs of algae growth, here’s our quick cheat sheet to keep your pool in order.
Shock the pool!
Have you noticed black, green, brown, or turquoise stains on the pool finish that just won’t brush off? How about cloudy water? Many common pool problems can be very easily solved through shocking the water once a week with the appropriate chlorine product for your pool. Doing this after a party or any other time when the pool has been used by a large group of people is particularly important to prevent bacterial growth.
Pressure wash the pool surround
Regularly maintaining the pool surround not only helps prevent debris and dirt from getting into your pool, but also makes the pool area cleaner and safer for use. A pressure wash of the pool surround will go a long way in helping to ensure that the pool itself stays hygienic, as well as helping your pool area to maintain its aesthetic appeal.
The bucket test should be one of your first ports of call if you suspect that your pool is losing water. Fill a bucket with pool water on a step, or in a shallow part of the pool. Wait 24 hours to see if the water level of the pool has dropped below that of the bucket — if so, it means you’re losing water and you could have a leak or humidity problem.
Skimming & brushing
Many long-term problems with your pool can be prevented simply by skimming the water for debris and brushing or vacuuming the sides of the pool. This will help to break up microbes, making it easier for the pump system to filter them out.
Automatic chemical dosing
The pool chemistry is extremely important, but ensuring the right levels of chemicals are administered at all times can be hard work. There are many benefits to installing an automatic chemical dosing system; these sophisticated pieces of equipment use smart technology to administer the correct levels of chemicals to the water, as needed. What’s more, they can be retrofitted to existing pools to provide flexible, 24/7 chemical stability: ensuring that you will almost never run into problems like algae, discolouration, or staining.
Reposition the water jets
Water circulation is vital for avoiding so-called ‘dead zones’, where bacteria and dirty water are able to persist at the bottom of the pool. By simply repositioning your water jets correctly—often, downwards—this can ensure dead zones or the problems that come with them don’t develop.
Call for help
These quick ‘cheats’ are great practices if you want to build good maintenance habits over time, which will help ensure your pool remains healthy and functioning for years to come. Of course, these tasks can also be carried out by your pool technician on their regular visit, but they can also augment these visits by helping to prevent small problems from becoming bigger issues.
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.