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If you fly south for the winter, chances are you embrace the sunny weather in every way possible. And one of the most popular ways to do so is having a pool. Of course, having one means taking on lots of extra responsibilities. So, what are the basics to maintaining your pool?
Most of the problems you can encounter with pool ownership come down to a lack of daily maintenance. It is inevitable that things will get into the water, and if you do not get them out quickly, they will produce bacteria that causes algae growth. If cleaning every day is not for you, try the Solar Breeze System. This system is and automatic cleaner for your pool, cleaning items from the surface and preventing them from sinking and unleashing bacteria.
I use it in my own pool, and while I have a service to keep my pump functioning and the chemicals just right, I keep the surface clean in between weekly visits by Dan (AKA: Dan, Dan, the pool man) of True Blue Water Company. He’s my number one choice for pool maintenance in Fort Pierce.
Run the Pump
While you can continuously run the pump, you do not have to. Many use the rule of thumb to run it for one hour for every 10 degrees of temperature it is outside. For most, this means 7-8 hours a day. To make it simple, turn it on at breakfast and turn it off at dinner. I had a time installed on mine (you can see the gray box on the outside wall). It was relatively inexpensive and means that the pump goes on/off even when I’m traveling.
Empty the Filter
Depending on how much gets into your pool and if you clean it as often as you should, you might be able to go several days without emptying the filter. If you are uncertain how often is right for your pool, start by emptying it once a day. From there, extend the time between cleanings until you find the right interval for you.
Test the Water
At the start of the season, get this done professionally. Once you know things are good, start doing this yourself. Since you want your experience in your pool to be as amazing as possible, you should test the water 2-3 times a week, allowing you to catch any potential problems early.
Shock and Algaecide
Shocking the pool is designed to prevent the water from becoming cloudy due to bacteria. While cleaning helps to keep bacteria out, when you swim, you bring some with you. How often you need to shock the pool depends on how big it is, how many people use it, and how often it is used. After every shock treatment, also use algaecide.
- For more about the Solar Breeze NX visit the Solar Breeze website
- Looking for an amazing pool service on the Treasure Coast? Check out True Blue Water Company
- I’ll be bringing you a more in depth look at this new way to keep your pool clean soon