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Common Mistakes That Pool Owners Make

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It’s the middle of a hot, dry summer. You need some much-needed relief from the heat and decide to go for a swim in your pool. You put your swimming shorts on but you soon realise that you can’t use your pool. In fact, it’ll be days before the repairman comes to unblock the drain.

 

Sadly, this is an all too common occurrence for hot and bothered homeowners. If you have recently purchased a pool, it is important to maintain it thoroughly. Here are our tips for first-time pool owners.

 It’s a Learning Process

 

When you buy a pool, just about everyone else who owns one will offer you advice. A lot of the time, that advice is only applicable to the type of pool that person has. After all, concrete pools are different to fibreglass pools when it comes to maintenance.

 

If you need reliable cleaning advice, talk to your local swimming pool professionals. Don’t forget that learning about pool maintenance is a skill and like all new skills, it takes time to develop.

 Common Mistakes

 

  1. 1.Not Testing the Water Weekly

 

Testing your water level weekly will keep the PH levels in order. If you can’t take a sample to your pool shop, you can easily test it yourself. You want to ensure your chlorine levels, PH levels, and alkalinity are steady.

 

  1. 2.Not Covering the Pool During Winter

 

Most pool owners don’t use their swimming pools in the winter months. During this time, rain and debris can seep into the pool and clog your pipes. If the water is left untested, algae will develop and the pool will need to be drained. Green algae is a health hazard which can greatly affect anyone who swims in it. 

 

  1. 3.Only Relying On Vacuums to Clean

 

Electric vacuums save time when cleaning the pool. However, they can only do so much. If you have steps or a diving board, it is best to clean them with a pool brush. Regularly brushing your pool helps to prevent algae build up and keeps your pool clean.

 

  1. 4.Keep Your Filter System Running

 

You should keep your filter running for no less than 8 hours a day. Your filter and pump are what helps to keep your pool clean. Keeping your filter active will ensure that the water is pushed through the system and cleaned. The longer you keep your filter running, the less likely you are to encounter problems.

 

  1. 5.Adding Too Much Chlorine

 

This one is quite a common mistake, even for experienced pool owners. If you put too much chlorine in your pool, you can dilute the levels. Drain some of the pool water and add fresh water. You can also decrease chlorine levels with neutralising chemicals. It is important to follow manufacturer's instructions exactly, otherwise, you could completely deplete the chlorine.

 

 

Outback Pools has more than 40 years of experience installing and maintaining pools. Our qualified team offers customers honest advice on how to maintain their pool. If you would like to know more, come into our pool shop in Penrith or get in touch with us by phone. As a leading pool builder in Sydney, you can trust our team to take care of your pool.

 

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