Homeowners consider swimming pools for a variety of reasons. Approximately 64% of homeowners look to swimming pools when they are looking to upgrade their backyard. Around one third of homeowners choose to upgrade with swimming pools and other upgrades after they buy a home. Many homeowners, around 71%, want upgrades that are useful and easy to maintain, which is why they turn to swimming pools. If you’re considering a swimming pool for your home, consider these quick tips to ensure you can keep up the routine maintenance.
Once per week swimming pools should be cleaned to remove dirt and debris. This is extremely important if you have outdoor patios, outdoor firepits, outdoor fireplaces or outdoor kitchen areas. Trash and debris can easily become blown into swimming pools and should be removed regularly. Leaves from trees, shrubs and plants commonly found around outdoor patios can easily find their way into swimming pools. A long handled net easily removes debris on top of the water. For debris located lower in swimming pools a special pool vacuum should be used.
Pool surface cleaners are important for swimming pools to keep the waterline off of the walls of your pool. These cleaners keep your water from making unsightly waterline stains on your pool walls. This cleaner is rubbed into the walls at the waterline level. After rubbing this onto swimming pool walls a brush is used to scrub the walls underneath the surface of the water. This should be done on a regular basis or when a waterline begins to form.
The water in swimming pools needs shock roughly once per week. Shock is a large dose of chlorine added to the water at once. This chlorine helps remove algae and other contaminants in you water which can grow and multiply. The amount of water in your pool will determine how much shock you should add. The manufacturer’s instructions, included with installation of swimming pools, directs you to the proper amount of shock to add. Shock should be added once everyone is done swimming, and the pump should run overnight while no one swims.
The filtration system installed with swimming pools should be ran as much as possible, especially during the summer months. Summer months heat the water and encourage growth of algae and bacteria. Constant filtration keeps these things from multiplying and taking over your pool. Keeping your water moving constantly also reduces the chances of the water becoming full of dirt and debris. The filtration system filters these things out as your water rotates throughout the pool.
Swimming pools do not require extensive maintenance but they do provide lots of outdoor activity, relaxation and exercise. The financial responsibility associated with owning a swimming pool is something many people do not take into consideration. Make sure you are aware of the steps required to own a swimming pool and that you are prepared to make the financial commitment.
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