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Change the Oil in Your Swimming Pool

Aug 17, 2007
Pool maintenance does not have to be complicated or time consuming. For those folks who prefer a hands-off approach, most professionals will schedule a weekly or monthly visit to perform needed maintenance for a reasonable fee. Some contractor's offer extended service plans and will perform regular maintenance for a nominal cost, when you sign up at the time of installation.

If you choose to take care of your own maintenance here is a handy checklist of items you will need for proper maintenance. See your swimming pool maintenance hand-guide for complete instructions to perform the needed maintenance on your specific pool.

Water Testing Kit
Telepole
Acid Spotter
Spa Vacuum
Vacuum Head and Hose
Leaf vacuum and Garden Hose
Leaf Rake/Skimmer
Pumic stone
Wall and Floor Brush
Tile Brush and Tile Soap

For those who like something in between, having it done for them and doing it the labor intensive way, there are a few other options for them to consider for their swimming pool maintenance schedule. These are referred too as automatic pool cleaners and perform some but not all of the required maintenance. These systems can be expensive and it may be just as cost effective to hire a pool contractor to perform your maintenance for you.

Begin your maintenance when the weather begins to warm by sweeping or pumping dirt, water and debris from your pool cover. If you performed proper maintenance for the winter, your water should be in pretty good shape as long as you properly remove your pool cover.

It is prudent to have a pool professional make the necessary swimming pool maintenance checks at the beginning and end of each season. They can check the support system, reinstall the underwater lights, and check for leaks and proper pump operation, as well as, perform the necessary maintenance on your swimming pool heater if you have one.

When the weather gets cool and stays cool, it is time to perform the most important maintenance. Again this is a good time to call out the professional and have them perform the necessary maintenance to shut it down for the winter. When you have a swimming pool professional see to your winter maintenance, you can spend your winter worry free where your pool is concerned. Should something go wrong, you have recourse for any improper maintenance that may have occurred. Most swimming pool maintenance professionals have some type of guarantee on their service.

With proper maintenance you can enjoy sparkling clean water all season long.
About the Author
Rob Traugott serves as President of Laguna Pools, a premier pool and spa builder located in Katy, Texas. Laguna Pools has designed and built custom swimming pools for over 30 years. Contact Rob Traugott at 281-392-8833 or visit http://www.lagunapools.com
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