5 Common Pool Cleaning Mistakes

Taking care of your pool during the hot summer months can be time-consuming if you try to do it yourself. You may think that you are doing it right. Yet, you may be making mistakes that are costing you money and maybe putting your family’s health at risk. Consider these five common pool cleaning mistakes.

Adding Pool Shock Directly to Your Pool

Pool shock is a very useful compound that keeps your water safe for swimming. Many people pour what they think is the right amount directly into their pool water. Then, they go for a swim. They realize too late that the pool shock has dyed their favorite swimwear. Additionally, adding too much pool shock can make your pool liner brittle causing it to break. Instead of adding pool shock directly to the water, dissolve the shock in a bucket of water. Always make sure that you add the chemicals to the water and not the other way around. You can save yourself a lot of money by following this one simple step.

Not Brushing Your Pool

While you probably take the time to vacuum your pool on a regular basis, you also need to be brushing it with a pool brush on a regular basis. This is especially true of the stairs, behind ladders, at the water line, and around corners. You should always brush your pool at least once a week to keep algae under control. You may also need to do it more often when the weather is perfect for algae growth.

Using a Robotic Pool Cleaner

While you may think that you can save time by using a robotic pool cleaner, the truth is that these devices simply push the algae around your pool. Then, it continues to grow in another area of your pool while new growth starts where it was previously located. Instead of using a robotic pool cleaner, you need to filter your pool regularly. You also need to be vacuuming it on a regular basis.

Ignoring pH and Alkaline Levels

If you are one of those pool owners who have no idea where their pool’s water test kit is, then you are making a mistake that can be deadly. A low pH level is often difficult to detect just by looking because you will seldom see any algae growth. Yet, unless you keep the chemical level of your water balanced, you are doing damage to almost all your pool’s equipment, including filters and lining.

Backwashing Too Often

Your pool’s backwash system can help keep your water clean and safe but backwashing too often can cause damage. You should know what your equipment’s normal level is and never let it get more than 10 pounds-per-square-inch higher than normal. This requires you to be vigilant on an ongoing basis.

If you have discovered that you are making a mistake in keeping your pool safe and clean, then correct your ways immediately. One of the best things that you can do is hire a pool service in Orlando to maintain your pool for you. Call Pure and Simple Pool Care to get started today.