Gunite pools are a stunning high-end asset that will beautify any East Hampton, NY, backyard. However, things can get a little confusing because of all the maintenance that goes into keeping the pool and pool area perfect. Here are some tips for maintaining your new swimming pool, from an experience gunite pool builder:
Caring for your Pool Filter
Clean, clear water is a priority for anyone with a pool. The pool filter takes care of impurities found in the water, including dirt, leaves, and small objects. Large pieces of debris can be removed from the pool manually without having to put the filter to work, but smaller particles will be picked up by the filtration system. Keeping the filter on permanently can put a strain on the pump. Instead, have a timer installed and set to run automatically for five to six hours each day.
An often overlooked, but very important, part of pool maintenance is ensuring that your filter is cleaned regularly. Proper filter maintenance involves weekly cleaning of the filter basket and monthly cleaning of the pipes utilized by the system. Consult a professional to ensure that your filter receives regular care.
Get the Chemical Levels Right
Chemical levels are perhaps the most critical part of proper pool maintenance. If not balanced, the water can cause irritation of the skin and eyes. In addition, a pool that is neglected can turn into the perfect breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria. The water of the pool should be tested at least once a week and should adhere to the recommended level ranges set by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). These include guidelines for the pH level of the water, the level of total alkalinity, the concentration of chlorine in the water, the concentration of cyanuric acid in the water, the calcium hardness of the water, and the number of total dissolved solids.
Regular Skimming and Scrubbing
Skimming the pool is one of the easiest tasks involved in pool maintenance. However, it can quickly become dull and repetitive. The interior of the pool also needs to be regularly cleaned, which can be a strenuous task. Fortunately, there are devices that can be installed to largely automate these chores. Alternatively, a pool maintenance service will ensure that these tasks are kept up to date. Whether or not you opt for an automatic pool cleaner and skimmer, it’s a good idea to get your pool regularly checked by a professional.
Skimming ensures that large leaves and debris do not end up in the pool’s filtration system, while scrubbing the sides of the pool prevents algae build-up. These tasks can be done about once every two weeks, depending on how many leaf-dropping trees there are on your property.
Don’t Forget to Maintain the Water Levels
When your pool water levels start to drop, your pool will need to be refilled. During summer, water evaporates fast, and unless you have an automatic water supply in place, you’ll need to top it up with a hose in order for skimmers to operate correctly. It’s important to remember that the chemicals will need to be rebalanced again afterwards.
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