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July 20, 2020

10 Tips to Extend the Life-Span of Your Swimming Pool

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Follow these tips and you’re certain to get the most out of your equipment and extend your pool’s life.

1. Meticulously Maintain Those Chemicals

Concrete pools are built with a variety of cement-based products. You need to maintain balanced pH calcium and chlorine levels to protect your materials. When the pH levels are too low, the acidity will begin to break down the concrete, grout, and tile in your pool. When they are too high, scale and algae can grow. Mastering the art of pool chemicals can take a bit of practice but must be done.

If you’d prefer to maintain your pool yourself instead of having it serviced, consider paying your builder or repair technician to come out and give you an informative lesson on water chemistry.

2. Don’t Forget Shock Treatments

Even with rigorously maintained chemicals, you will sometimes need to give your pool a shock treatment (a “super chlorination”). This is needed when circumstances happen out of the norm that may significantly throw off the balance of your pool chemistry. For example, if you host a very large pool party with more bodies than normal, if there is a sudden spike in temperature or a rainstorm that dumped fresh water into your pool, you may need a shock treatment to get chemicals quickly back into balance.

We suggest consulting with a swimming pool professional the first time you do a shock treatment on your own.

3. Ensure Your Pool Equipment is the Proper Size for Your Pool’s Volume

A good swimming pool professional will encourage you not to buy a smaller cheaper motor for your pool. Larger pools with more water volume require greater horsepower. If a motor is installed that is too small, it’s lifespan will be significantly shortened due to overwork. Spend a little extra money upfront and you’ll save yourself a lot of money in the long run.

4. Fix or Replace Faulty Mechanics Immediately

This may seem like an unnecessary thing to state, but often we get in the habit of pushing repairs aside. However, a pool is like a car: the longer you wait to fix one piece, the more other parts wear down. Because pools are heavily dependent on proper water flow and chemistry, if one part is not working properly, the entire system will be off-balance, causing unnecessary wear and tear on other parts of the pool.

For example, when the pool filter isn’t functioning properly, the chemistry will be out of balance and this can cause premature discoloration, breakdown of grout and tile, wear and tear on the motor, and a whole host of other pricey issues – not to mention it being an unhealthy swim environment. Minimize damage by not delaying repairs!

5. Cover Your Pool

Yes, pool covers may seem like a bit of a hassle, but they are beneficial for extending the length of your pool for a variety of reasons. Solar covers provide you with energy-saving assistance, allowing your pool heater to not work as hard. When using your heater, keep the cover on to dramatically retain heat until you are at the desired heat level. A cover also keeps debris, rainfall, and outside elements out of your pool reducing the wear on your pool filter and the number of chemicals needed to keep the water balanced.

Ask your swimming pool professional about automatic/motorized pool covers. These remove the annoyance that comes with removing and putting back on a pool cover. Newer automatic pool covers can even be installed within the ground/pool wall so it is seamless and hidden!

6. Allow Proper Drainage Around Pool Motor and Equipment

Make sure the ground is level around your equipment or has proper drainage as you want to be certain that water never pools up directly around your equipment.

7. Invest in Energy-efficient variable speed pumps

An energy-efficient pump uses up to 75% less electricity than traditional single-speed pumps. They can run significantly longer at a much lower cost. You can feel good knowing your pool is staying cleaner with less energy required

8. Keep your Pool Filter Clear of Debris

This is a super easy task that has huge benefits. If your pool filter backs up with debris it can cause the pool pump to overwork. This overwork decreases the pumps lifespan. Get in the habit of checking your filter regularly, especially after heavy winds or odd weather. Aid your pool filter by netting your pool at least once a week to remove debris from the surface.

9. Brush the Sides, Bottom, and Edges of your Pool

By using a brush on your pool weekly, you break up and eliminate the build-up that naturally occurs on the pool surfaces. Left unmaintained, the buildup can cause the breakdown of your surfaces, discoloration, and chemical imbalances.

10. Invest in Weekly or Bi-Weekly Pool Service

If the above seems a bit overwhelming to you, we don’t blame you. It’s a lot to think about! Our biggest advice is to hire a swimming pool professional to make sure all of the above is maintained. Most hire weekly pool service, but you can get by with bi-weekly service especially in the off-seasons. Not sure who to hire? Give us a call and we can set you up with a trusted service professional in your area.

The Average Life Expectancy for the Elements in Your Pool:

Now…to continue with our car example, even religiously rotated and filled tires need to be replaced eventually to keep a car running smoothly and efficiently! Below is the average life expectancy of your pool equipment.
  • Traditional Swimming Pool Plaster: 5-7 years (Pebble sheen products 20+ years)
  • Cover: 10 years
  • Pool filter and pump: 8-12 years
  • Water Heater: 8 years
  • Salt Cells: 5 -7 years
If you think your pool needs an update, give us a call and we will have someone take a look at your pool right away!