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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.