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THE BEST ADVICE WE CAN OFFER YOU is to trust the maintenance of your precious swimming pool to a professional. After all, do you really know the chemistry required to properly balance and treat your pool water? Just because you know how to drive your car does not mean you can take on its maintenance. The same applies to your swimming pool and spa equipment.
Even when you have professional pool service like Xtreme Pool Services, it is necessary to understand and follow the instructions of your pool maintenance team. Here are some pool maintenance advice for keeping your pool sparkling clean, healthy and ready for use every day. The key of a happy pool is just staying on top of it. This will save you from making mistakes that could cost you a great deal of money and headache. Routine pool maintenance serves to prevent frustration and will minimize the need to make emergency runs to the pool store for chemicals or other additives.
- Monitoring your pool; make sure the equipment is working and check for water clarity
- Always keep chemicals stored out of direct sunlight. Keep them in a cool dry place. Do NOT store acid and chlorine right next to each other.
- Check and monitor water level at least once per month, adjust as needed. Water level should be at the center of the tile or skimmer.
- Clean your filters regularly. This may be necessary after a heavy storm or once every few months depending on conditions in your pool.
- Cleaning the salt chlorinator cell too often with acid reduces the life of the cell by stripping the coating on the plates.
- Salt water chlorine generator cells have a tendency to allow Ph to rise. Check the water chemistry regularly.
- Stabilizer is a key component of salt chlorine generator systems and needs to be checked regularly.
- Running the salt chlorine generator for long periods without enough salt in the swimming pool can strip the coating off of the cell.
- There are occasions where shocking the swimming pool with extra chlorine may be advantageous. Check with your maintenance team.
- When swimmers smell more chlorine than normal and have eye irritations, they tend to assume there is too much chlorine in the pool. In fact, what they may be experiencing is organic contamination (chloramines), not chlorine. The remedy is more chlorine, not less.
- Although some salt chlorine generator systems have a “shock” or “boost” button, this does not mean a swimming pool can be shocked by the salt chlorine generator. Salt chlorine generator systems cannot produce enough chlorine over a short period of time to significantly impact algae.