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Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips

Aug 21, 2007
Owning a swimming pool is wonderful, what can be better than diving in cool refreshing water in the middle of a summer day? But there is always a downside, swimming pool maintenance. If you want your pool to be in a good condition for many years it needs your constant attention. Find out how you can maintain your swimming pool properly with a minimum effort.

Pool cleaning

Keeping your pool clean is absolutely essential. Many people think that if it is a private pool used only by the members of the family, it doesn't need much cleaning. Unfortunately, this is very far from the truth. Bacteria get into the water anyway, and if you don't keep it under control on a regular basis, it will breed and eventually can endanger people who use the pool, especially young children.

Cleaning your pool of fallen leaves and other dirt is another important issue. If you leave organic matter in the pool it will decompose and attract bacteria. So leaves have to be fished out regularly. To help you minimize the effort, invest into a pool cover and cover your swimming pool at night. Also if you are only planning to build a backyard pool, select a spot that is not directly under trees.

Maintain the right water chemistry

Having the right water chemistry is the most important factor in your pool maintenance. If the water doesn't have the right pH, it can become corrosive and destroy your pool. You can check the water yourself using special pool test kits or ask a professional in pool maintenance for help.

Another important thing is cleaning your filters. You have to do it on a regular basis, so the filters don't get clogged. The good news is that if you keep the right chemical balance of the water, filters will not need as much cleaning.

Can your pool be self-maintained?

Isn't it just a dream of every pool owner that you don't have to do a thing to your pool and if will miraculously clean and maintain itself? Some innovations can help you to a degree.

You can install build in vacuuming systems or use a robotic vacuuming unit. There are also chemical control units that regularly test the water and fix its chemistry automatically, so you don't have to worry about it. These swimming pool accessories are not cheap of course, but they can make maintaining your pool easier. They will also cost less than hiring a professional pool maintenance service.

Consider a swimming pool heater

Isn't it sad that we can only use a swimming pool during warm summer month? It would be nice to take a relaxing swim in autumn, but the water is already too cold. This can be fixed by installing a pool heater. With a good heater you can continue using your pool until October and even November.

There is a variety of swimming pool heaters, you can find electric, gas and even solar heaters. If you have natural gas in your aria, gas heaters are powerful economical. They can heat up even a large pool quickly. And of course solar heaters are even more economical, because the energy is free all together. Simple models of solar pool heaters are inexpensive and perfect for smaller pools. They can extend your swimming season by two or three month.
About the Author
Tanya Turner is a publisher of Swimming Pool Supply Guide where you can find information about all types of pools, and price comparisons of swimming pool supply and accessories
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