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The Importance of Pool and Spa Upkeep

Whether you are playing with the kids in the pool, or just taking a dip to cool off, the pool is a favorite gathering place during the summer season. First, you want to make sure that your swimming pool is clean and healthy before jumping in.  So, proper maintenance is essential. For the sake of convenience, many homeowners hire a service professional to take over the regular maintenance chores. However, it is still a good idea to familiarize yourself with your pool and spa’s equipment. Both pools and spas are equipped with operational systems that include motors, pumps, filters, and plumbing lines.  It is also a good idea to have a basic knowledge of what is required for your pool’s general maintenance.  Keep in mind the three C’s of pool care: Circulation, Cleaning, and Chemistry.

Pool and spa maintenance begins with the water circulation.   If your pool water isn’t moving, you’re going to be fighting a never-ending battle to keep your pool clean. This is because stagnant water is a breeding ground for algae and insects.  If this happens it could mean your pump isn’t pumping, or your filter isn’t filtering.

The next step of proper pool and spa maintenance is cleaning, which includes removing the debris off the top, brushing the walls and floor of your pool, and vacuuming the pool. Manual maintenance and cleaning are a normal parts of pool ownership.  However, if you own a robotic pool cleaner, it will do this for you.

Chemistry is the last major part in keeping your water clean. When your water is correctly balanced, you are less likely to contest with issues like dirty or cloudy water, green water, or buildup of harmful bacteria. That’s why a good testing kit is a must for your pool maintenance toolkit.  Opt for a test kit that will tell you if you need to add pool chemicals to maintain your water balance to keep things simple.

The key to having a clean and healthy pool is establishing a regular maintenance routine and taking early action if you notice discoloration, cloudy water, scaling, or other signs of trouble.  This way, you can maintain a crystal-clear pool with ease and get back to enjoying your cool retreat and relaxing!


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