Feel like the upkeep for your swimming pool is higher than it should be? Want to enjoy the benefits of a pool without the high maintenance costs? While there are some expenses that cannot be avoided, there are others that you can reduce or eliminate by making smart investments at smart times. Here are some easy ways to cut your pool maintenance costs so you can put your money where you need it most.
One of the most critical steps in pool maintenance is finding a way to keep your swimming pool water clear. Green water, brown water, and murky water can all make a fantastic swimming pool seem completely unappealing. Professional pool maintenance should ensure that your water stays clean and clear, but here are some go-to tips if your water ever starts looking less-than-perfect.
Check the Balance of Your Pool Chemicals
If one of your pool chemicals gets too low or too high, it can alter your water chemistry and make your pool look less clear than it should be. Check your chemical levels to make sure everything is in line. If one of the chemicals is not reading where it should, you can either add more of the chemical to the water or add a buffer to reduce the volume of the chemical in your pool. If you are not familiar with pool chemicals, it may be best to call a pool maintenance professional to balance everything for you.
Clean Your Pool Filter
Your pool filter is designed to keep your pool clean, but it can only do that if it is clean itself. Having a clean pool filter is a major part of any pool maintenance system. There are different types of filters that your swimming pool may have, so learn about your system when your pool is installed. Check the filter box for debris that may be blocking the water flow, and clean it out as often as possible.
Use a Pool Cover
Installing a pool cover while your pool is not in use will serve several purposes. Not only will it keep leaves, twigs, dirt, and other debris out of your pool, but it will also reduce your pool’s evaporation levels. That in turn keeps the chemicals balanced in your pool which will once again help you keep the water clear. Using a pool cover will also reduce the amount of work your filtration system has to do, thereby increasing the lifetime of your pool equipment. It may be a big investment, but it will easily pay for itself in the long run.
Shower before Swimming
Skin contaminates may seem harmless overall, but they can make a big difference in the clarity of your pool water. It’s always a good idea to shower before using the pool, especially at the end of the day when your body is the dirtiest. If you have guests over, you may ask them to rinse off before swimming, just to keep your pool water clean. Do not think of this as a rude request. If you explain it as a health and safety concern (which it is), most guests will be more than happy to accommodate your needs.
Avoid Drinking and Eating in the Pool
It may be fun to drink a glass of wine or a bottle of beer in the pool, but you run the risk of spilling those drinks into your pool water. Ideally, you should keep drinking and eating habits to tables on your pool deck, as far away from the water as possible. You can still socialize around your pool and enjoy the company of your guests without putting excess waste into your pool water.