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How to Maintain a Pool

All summer, the swimming pool becomes a popular place for your family, which also means it needs regular maintenance and pool inspection. Following are the steps that keep your pool at its best for the swim season.

How to Maintain a Pool

Water Circulation

It is important to run the pump for 8 to 12 hours a day. Water circulation helps prevent algae and bacteria growth, and the pool filter cleaner helps trap particles and other contaminants. Also, good water circulation disperses and mixes the chemicals throughout the system. The pool inspection reports also recommend these maintenance steps as well.


Water Chemistry

Balanced water and clean water chemistry are the keys to pool maintenance. A pool inspector always recommends cleaning the pool on weekly basis and add a pool cleaner. Shock therapy is another option that solves and prevents a majority of pool problems. Test chlorine and pH in the pool water and shock-treat if required. Prepare for another shock treatment if you encounter:

· Windstorms and heavy rains

· Foul-smelling water

· Slimy, murky water

· Algae growth

· Extreme temperatures

· Swimmers with red or burning eyes


Chemical Safety of Pool

In many pool inspection reports, you will see the recommendation for using pool chemicals that are available to solve almost all water problems but they can prove to be dangerous in handled improperly. To keep your pool and yourself safe follow these steps:

· Keep the product away from children

· Follow the dosage directions carefully

· Never return or place spilled material in the garbage or the original container


Most of the time pool inspection also suggests back washing the pool filter cleaner by draining out the debris. The water is reserved through the filter out the drain and waste line. Follow the filter’s direction to know when to do the backwash.


The Author Kevin Maxwell is the owner and operator of Maxwell Home Inspection Services, LLC. Kevin Maxwell is a certified Home Inspector located in Albany NY that has performed over 6000 Inspections.


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