After more than a decade of successfully servicing and repairing swimming pools, we understand what it takes to keep pools clean and running efficiently. We’ve seen some pool owners make some costly mistakes that we want to help you avoid.
Here are a few common mistakes that can lead to costly pool repairs:
- Turning Off Your Pool PumpIt may seem logical to turn off your pool pump regularly to save energy but forgetting to turn it back on can lead to problems. The better choice is to get a timer on your pump that controls how many hours a day your pump should run. You can regulate the hours based on how much debris your pool normally collects. Typically, 7-8 hours a day is the recommended time to run your pump to adequately filter debris and decrease algae growth.
- Allowing Your Water Level to Go Below Your SkimmerIt’s very important to check your water level once a week to ensure it’s at the proper level. A good industry-wide practice is to keep the water level at the midpoint of the pool skimmer. If your water level drops too low, the water will not circulate as needed. And the pump will run without water circulating through it, resulting in the pump motor burning out.
- Ignoring Small Leaks and CracksYou may have noticed a small leak or crack in your pool. If this is the case, don’t ignore it! These small problems, if not fixed quickly and professionally, can lead to very costly repairs. It is usually much more economical to fix a small leak or crack than to repair a major leak in your pool.
- Forgetting to Clean the Pump FiltersFilters play an important role in the pool water circulation. Over time, debris and chemicals build up in the filters. Without proper cleaning, pool filters get clogged and become less effective. This results in murky water, bacteria growth, and poor water quality. Getting your filters cleaned on a regular basis will keep your pump running strong, and help keep your water clean and properly flowing.
- Using the Wrong Chemicals or AmountsIt’s essential to use the correct types of chemicals for your pool water and also to use the proper amounts of chemicals. When your water is chemically unbalanced, algae can develop, leading to the need for shock treatment and filter cartridge replacements. Also, using the wrong chemicals can cause certain pool materials to deteriorate and not function properly.
- Allowing Pets to Swim in Your PoolInviting your dog to jump in the pool with you can be fun but beware of excess pet hair that can get into the pool filters and clog internal parts. If your pet has been diving in with you, make sure you keep your filters and skimmer basket clean and give them an extra check on a regular basis.
For experienced, professional help with cleaning, maintaining, or renovating your swimming pool, contact us today at CleanSafe Pools. We’ll provide a FREE consultation and let you know exactly how we can help you save time and money. We look forward to hearing from you!