How to Keep Your Swimming Pool Clean & Clear All Year Long
If you are a chemical service only customer, don’t forget you are responsible for emptying your skimmer baskets, pump suction basket, and pool cleaner bag on a regular basis. This should be done at least weekly (more depending on the time of year and how much foliage is surrounding your pool). It is very important to keep your pool clean and free of debris. This is the only way we can ensure our ALGAE FREE GUARANTEE.
When most people think about taking care of their swimming pool, they think about chemicals, equipment, and child safety. But what about the water level? While it doesn’t seem very important on the surface (ha ha)…the water level of your swimming pool is in fact very important. If the water level is too low, there won’t be enough water to run your pool cleaner or the pump. As a result the pool cleaner doesn’t work right and there is the possibility of burning up the pump. This is very costly. Recently, we have seen this almost happen to several pool owners. Conversely, if the water level is too high the skimmer won’t be able to function properly and dirt and debris won’t circulate into the skimmer. This can cause dirt and debris to stay on top of your pool. So what is the proper water level for your swimming pool? The water level in the pool should be about 1” above the bottom of the skimmer tile. If you’re not sure you’re maintaining the proper water level in your pool, be sure to contact your pool professional.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In fact, we highly recommend automatic water levelers to prevent any problems, especially if you travel a lot. These are very inexpensive – automatic water levelers can be purchased at Leslie Pool Supplies for approximately $100 and are very easy to install. We can even install it for you if you like.
If you need to add water to your pool on a regular basis, you might have an underground leak. You should not be adding water to your pool more than once every 2-3 weeks in the summer – and maybe only once over the entire winter. We can recommend underground leak detection companies if you suspect you might have a leak. If you spot an above ground leak at your equipment, we can repair that for you.
You should now be running your pool equipment 8-10 hours a day (10 hours a day for cartridge or sand filters). Circulating your water thru the filter is essential to keeping your pool properly balanced. Inadequate filtration can cause algae, cloudiness, eye irritation and other problems.
Your filter should be backwashed at least once every 3 months. Your regular pool service tech can backwash on your weekly visit. Just call the office to schedule. We charge $23 for a filter backwash.
Your filter should be cleaned at least once a year. Call the office to schedule your filter cleaning.
New to pool ownership? We HIGHLY recommend pool school to help you learn all the ins and outs of your pool equipment and the proper way to care for your pool. This is something we would be happy to help you with.
And don’t forget pool safety – NEVER leave your children in the pool unattended! A child can drown in a matter of minutes. Seven children in Texas have already drowned in 2015 and we’re not even in the summer months yet. Safety first!